Years ago I wrote a post called Sound Of Music about a tree that changed my life. I’ll never forget this magnificent Magnolia tree and here is why. It stood directly across from my old apartment and I always noticed it for its beauty and presence. I parked my car under it numerous times. It always made me smile. One day I had this overwhelming sense to hug this tree and I didn’t know why. The urge was so strong that I finally gave in. I walked back across the street, looked to see if anyone was standing around (they weren’t), and gave it a huge hug. It was one of the most soothing feelings I’ve ever experienced. The trunk was cool and I felt so much peace throughout my body. I guess you could say in that moment I experienced what it was like to be a full-blown California tree-hugger :).
I didn’t think much of it the rest of the evening. But the next morning I woke up to a slew of bangs and chops. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from but I knew it was close. You can imagine my heartbreak when I finally stepped outside to see the City of LA hacking my sweet Magnolia tree down. I was stunned. There were no visible signs on the tree the previous day when we hugged, at least noticeable. But as I stood there staring at its remains, now preciously manicured logs, I couldn’t help but to think of previous day.
This happened in a season when I wasn’t sure what to believe about God. I was still on an intense spiritual journey and assertively seeking answers about the Divine. I’ve shared this experience with a few friends and no one really has an answer for it, aside from me being spiritually sensitive. But I wanted to share it again with all of you. Have you experienced anything like this in or through nature?