The Tree, the River, and the Canoe
your garden you will feel the warmth of the golden sun through your
body. There is a very gentle breeze, and the sky is a beautiful
you walk down your path you will come to a very old, gnarled tree. His
branches are laden with leaves and they are moving gently in the light
want you to go to this tree and put your arms around the trunk so that
you can feel in yourself the strength and life force of this tree. Feel
the warmth of the earth coming up through your feet and meeting the
life force of the tree. As you do this, you will feel a love for the
earth and nature. When you have finished hugging the tree, say
"Goodbye." Tell him that you will see him later on, but you want to go
now to talk to the river. He is nodding his head in agreement and, if
you look at his trunk, you will see a smile. Off you go now, down to
the river. The river is flowing very peacefully, and the water is so
clear you can see right to the bottom. If you want, you can paddle your
feet while you watch the golden fish swim by nibbling at their dinner.
can see lots of canoes on the river. One is coming ashore for you. I
can see you getting in. You don't have to paddle the canoe unless you
want to, you can just lie back and relax as the waves gently rock the
boat. Feel the warmth of the sun on your body.
you drift down the stream, you notice little bridges crossing from one
side to the other. These bridges are arched over the water and they
have red and yellow balloons floating from the center. A few of these
balloons have fallen into the water. If you are quick, you could catch
some before they drift away. There are people on these bridges and they
are waving to you as you float past. Perhaps you may want to land your
boat and explore. You could cross one of these bridges to see what's on
the other side, or you may prefer to keep on drifting.
I shall leave you now in your canoe...