When storms are raging and the winds are howling, we can look to the trees and see that they sway uncontrollably, sometimes looking like they are about to snap. When we watch the treetops in the wind just like when we look at ourselves in times of hardship, we may think it is utter chaos.
What we forget, however, is that the top of the tree is not the tree. Only a part. Just like in our lives our current situation is not our life, only a part. What’s important to do, is to step back and look at the bigger picture. The tree, which looked so fragile and weak when we looked at the top swaying, has a stable base. A strong foundation. Deep roots. We are the same. When things in our life are going awry, maybe we are having family trouble, stress at work, an overwhelming amount of homework, whatever it may be, it is important to remember our foundation and our roots.
Our emotions can only sweep us away if we allow them to. We are not them, not entirely, and so we should not be consumed by them. We may be shaken by despair, depression, anxiety, worry or grief, those are our versions of strong winds.
When I feel out of control, I breathe deeply and see myself as a tree in a strong wind. I see life knocking me back and forth, but I also see my strong roots and trunk which I know will survive the turmoil.
I suggest you try it too, the next time you feel like life is tossing you this way and that. Close your eyes and imagine yourself as a tree. See your top being blown about, but focus on your trunk and roots holding true.