(KINGDOMS 2) Dances with Leaves

[These musings are a sequel to (KINGDOMS 1) Mystical Gardeners]

I have traveled to The Bay area much recently. My favorite days are temperate weather with light or no breeze. But they are surprisingly rare. Most days the wind is substantial and relentless.

I sat for many minutes in a persistent wind, waiting for my ride. Waiting–a word we use in our familiar world kingdom when things or life are not moving quickly enough for us to feel our living is productive or rewarding.

Beside my bench was a strange tree, or bush – a plant form unfamiliar to me. It’s fronds were dancing with each other in the wind – bumping and scraping one another. A sound I don’t think I’ve ever heard. I wonder if plants delight in the wind, dancing with motion unfamiliar to their kingdom. I wonder if they are singing out praise to God at a frequency my ears cannot hear, praising God to experience a kingdom unfamiliar to them… Their microscope. Their fast-forward time lapse.

My wait slowed down, in communion between two kingdoms. It was those leaves who communed with *my* kingdom. Joined me in the timescale of my world. Happened only because something opened me to receiving.

Wind is like the Spirit; it is invisible, but it brought us together. When I was receptive, anyway.

If later today, after temperatures rise, I am outside and hot, I will turn to the wind so that rushing air blows in my face. So that it cools and comforts me. Yet, even when the air is still, I know that molecules in the air never stop. Same air as wind. Both God doing work invisibly on different scales… Kingdoms at hand…

Neil D. 2019-07-30

Who Has Seen the Wind?



Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing through.


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.

Science discovered trees talk to each other, in the language of their own kingdom, and the chatter makes the whole forest more whole, above and below ground: cac.org/reciprocity. I say trees have souls.

Related FeelWithNeil: Ode to a Sacred Twig – An exercise for the soul

Published by Neil Durso

Just another mid-lifer sharing the journey...

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