Catherine Nelson-Reid - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Nurture-by Allison Goundry 

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."   
~ Marcel Proust

We are born out of a spontaneous act of nurturance. In the soft bed of our mother's womb, nature's brilliant design follows its ancient, mystifying blueprint of creation. We grow instinctively out of all the stuff that can already be drawn upon to feed us, and everything after that is taken in as fuel. As we are nurtured, and as we come into our human form, we align with all of nature's greatest creations; a living organism that breathes into life, grows into purpose, thrives into vibrancy, and eventually, must return to the earth.

Our nature is to grow and be grown. Like seeds in soil, we need to be taken care of. In childhood, to be positively nurtured feeds and forms our bonds and connections. We reach out for the support and tender care that allows us to feel safe and confident in the world. As we mature, that nurturing is just as vital; what differs are the sources that we have to be nourished by. The children within us may still look outwards to those who can nudge us closer to what we need most (more self-care? A change of scene? A leap of faith? A reassuring hug?). We also need to draw from (and trust!) our own inner resources, to give ourselves the green light to seek out and receive the most effective soul food only we know we need -- an afternoon of solitude, time on our mat, a walk in the mountains, a positive self-pep-talk...With one radical act of nurturance towards ourselves, we can see a glimmer of the light we are seeking...

Watering the seeds once will not a garden make.
A flower wouldn't have as strong a chance to bloom into brilliance without the gardener who tends to it.

Trust that there are gardeners all around you...but the gardener to turn to now is the master of all...


Being A Tree

Bodhi Tree - Friday, February 03, 2012
Welcome to our inaugural post! We thought it fitting to re-share our first Breathing Room Inhale Article of 2012, written by the Tree's founder, Céleste Needham. We hope you'll find the content we post here inspiring, helpful, delicious and intriguing. We look forward to using this blog to continue supporting you in any way we can!

With Gratitude,
The BYC Family


Being A Tree - by Céleste Needham - yoga teacher, creator, builder

Ten miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge stands a natural cathedral. California’s Muir Wood Forest is home to the redwood cedar, the tallest tree species on the planet, some measuring 350 to 379ft in height. These coastal trees drink rain, expand when the sun shines and when the wind blows their branches, they sway and dance with the movement.

They accept what Mother Earth offers on a daily basis. The trees in this forest have stood for centuries, eleven to be exact. In that time, they have experienced multiple earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires and war. Ninety percent of their species has been acquired by the forestry industry. They have endured time, the elements and conditions forced upon them. And still they continue to stand. Unwavering. Resolute. The teachings of yoga are inwardly focused and infused with symbolism from the natural world. How can we embody in the way we live our lives a fraction of the wisdom nature’s largest plant offers?

How often do we expend energy under the illusion that we have control or influence over our outer world? Does a tree try and stop the wind, compare itself to another tree or worry about the depth of its colour? For a tree to try and stop the wind – or expend any energy on externals – would be in discord to its relationship with something more far-reaching.

All of a tree’s energy is centralized and yet it also emanates outward. A tree concerns itself with its inner strength, and thus endures the tremendous forces that act upon it with dignified and majestic indifference.

The vastness of a tree parallels our human ability to also expand. There’s nothing complicated about imitating nature. It’s designed to be accessible, the divine keeps it simple.

For thousands of years, cultures and civilizations have observed cedar trees with deep reverence for their healing power, connecting people with higher planes of existence. Egyptians even believed that cedar trees were gifts from the gods.

Science has proven that a walk in the forest decreases stress, balances hormone levels, regulates our heart rate and boosts our immune system. It calms our anger, lightens our depression, nourishes our energy and changes our outlook. The healing and empowering qualities of trees are available to anyone willing to take a walk in the woods or in a park.

A tree can become a trusted friend or an inspiration to anyone willing to listen to the years of ancient wisdom they have to share. A tree’s natural state comes from innate knowing: it moves with universal pulsation, as we are called to do when undergoing our own personal tsunamis, fires and battles. In the moments of greatest challenge we too can emulate a tree: root ourselves and stand strong as the winds blow.

Deeply rooted to the earth from a place of true quiet, learn to live from the inside out allowing your branches to show you the way.

Why the struggle? Be a tree.