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we are all connected July 2020

Time spent in nature is never time wasted.

Did you know...

Tree trunks are often curved as a result of external factors including catastrophic events, the availability of light, and soil creep. ... Sharp curves in tree trunks are usually the result of catastrophic events, but snow/ice pressure may cause trees to bow with gentle curves.

Anybody relate to how this tree looks?

“It is in the roots, not the branches, that a tree's greatest strength lies.”
Aspen Grove, Spooner Lake, Nevada

Did you know...

One aspen tree is actually only a small part of a larger organism. A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right, including sufficient sunlight. In a single stand, each tree is a genetic replicate of the other, hence the name a “clone” of aspens used to describe a stand.

Did you know...

Trees share water and nutrients through their mycorrhizal networks, and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages.

Did you know....

your MELT practice can keep you grounded and connected? How? MELT hydrates your connective tissue and heightens your body sense (that internal and external awareness we all have). Your feet will better sense the vibration present in every step, and your auto pilot will use that information to better communicate with your center of gravity. Remember, your nervous system resides in the connective tissue and it works most efficiently when you are hydrated. We need to stay connected to our bodies to maintain our stability.

Did you know....

you will improve your flexibility with MELT? How? Remember my kitchen sponge analogy?

When our tissue is dehydrated, it looks much like the sponge on the left - stiff and rigid. It also doesn't absorb water very readily.

But the hydrated sponge on the right not only bends and twists and bounces back to it's original shape, it also absorbs and retains water with ease.

We should all strive to be connected, to be grounded, to stay hydrated, to bend and sway while you stay firmly rooted.

Keep your body's largest living system healthy and functioning with a regular MELT practice. Join me online each week for a variety of MELT Classes. I look forward to connecting with you.

ADVICE FROM A TREE by Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,

Stand Tall and Proud

Sink your roots deeply into the Earth

Reflect the light of a greater source

Think long term

Go out on a limb

Remember your place among all living beings

Embrace with joy the changing seasons

For each yields its own abundance

The Energy and Birth of Spring

The Growth and Contentment of Summer

The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall

The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter

Feel the wind and the sun

And delight in their presence

Look up at the moon that shines down upon you

And the mystery of the stars at night.

Seek nourishment from the good things in life

Simple pleasures

Earth, fresh air, light

Be content with your natural beauty

Drink plenty of water

Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes

Be flexible

Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

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Created By
Shelley Thomas
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Photos by Shelley Thomas