In India , long ago, every community had
Its own sacred tree,
While in ancient Japan , the earliest temples
Were sacred trees.
Over time, altars were added to the trees,
Not the other way around.
This is true as well for the tribes of
The Celtic druids were famous for
Their sacred groves; the word ‘druid’
Means ‘one with tree knowledge’
While in the old Germanic languages,
The word for temple is identical for the word
They are our Guardians
Protecting all life on earth,
Just as a single tree provides shelter
From the sun, the leaves that fall
To blanket the earth
Nurture and protect the smaller living things
That grow beneath them.
Humans have loved and revered trees
For more than six thousand years.
The wisdom of trees is as old as time.
And the sacred groves of trees are
the gateway to the spiritual world.
How, then, have we allowed trees
To be ruthlessly chopped down
And our forests depleted?
Those forests…the natural temples of life.
Within the sacred groves is the most perfect
Place to give thanks to
The forces of nature.
Hug a tree…to show your appreciation
For this wondrous gift.
Plant a tree
To restore the earth.
To my girlfriend, Connie, Kelly’s godmother, who taught us all how to hug a tree.
–Sandra Lee Smith May 7, 2009/UPDATED 5/13/18