Gypsy Moth Tonglen

27 06 2017

27 June 2017

We are being eaten alive by gypsy moths in my area. Droppings all over the driveways and porches. Gathering clusters of leaf parcels clipped off and wasted. Trunks of trees lined with crawling caterpillars. Long black lines of final instars inching along leaves and stems of trees…oaks and maples, apples and beech, almost any green thing and every kind.

I look into the canopy and I see sky when I should see leaves. My heart aches for these trees, some in areas previously devastated by hemlock woolly adelgid, and now this. I know how important trees are for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide; we breathe in O2 and out CO2, while trees do the opposite and we form a complementary respiratory cycle. I can feel them struggling to get enough food and oxygen to survive.

UCONN Summer 2015 006.jpgAnd then I remember tonglen meditation. It’s a Buddhist practice of “give and take,” an opportunity to support those in pain. I stand under the trees, I inhale and take in all their pain, suffering, and difficulties that these gypsy moths cause. And I exhale my strongest wishes for the good health and continued sustenance of the trees. I do this multiple times until I have no more to give, or I feel I’ve done enough, or I run out of breath. I’ve asked groups of people on my hikes to do this. Twenty-plus of us standing under a group of gypsy moth-stricken trees, all breathing with them, supporting the trees that help us breathe.

I encourage you to do the same.


Hike Higby Mt Sat May 3 at 10AM

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Join me to Hike Higby Mt Sat May 3 at 10AM.

Nature Class May 1, 8, 15, 22

22 04 2014

Happy Earth Day! Sign up for class starting next week:

Nature Class May 1, 8, 15, 22.

2014 Upcoming Events and Workshop

19 12 2013

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like winter; the best time to start thinking about spring! Consider signing up for 2014 Upcoming Events and Workshops from Healing Nature CT!

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More Haddam hiking adventures with Beth and Cherry: Haddam Trails: Route 81 Loop.

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Take a restorative look at some Eye Candy.

Spring fever? Sign up for Healing Nature class!

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Are you ready for winter to be over?! Feeling a bit of Spring Fever? Sign up for my Healing Nature ecotherapy class being offered with Middletown Parks and Recreation Department again this year.