To Earth We Return by Kirsten Harris
It takes a long time for a tree to grow, but only a short time to chop one down!
A friend from India told me that in her culture when a tree is chopped down 6 more are planted. How very wise.
- A good thought is like a seed planted… ‘I let my neck be free’
- Trust is the earth in which it grows… ‘So my head can release in a forwards & upwards direction’
- Time works it’s magic … ‘In such a way as my back lengthens and widens’
- We are the guardians … ‘Allowing widening across my upper arms, knees forwards and away…’
Feet on the ground, head in the air, heart open
A local farmer said to me the other day –
‘To farm well we must treat the land as though it is ours forever, even though I will only be custodian to it for a short time, I must act now for the future and look after this land.’
Last summer I painted huge canvases about dream seeding, painting outside in my garden, watching planes fly overhead wondering ‘Where are you going, why are you going? How could leave such beauty in search for something else?’
We seem to be a culture obsessed with time, time is money, hurry up, rush rush, no time right now, time for a holiday, bucket list, gotta go, what’s the time? I’m late!
I worry about the future of our planet when everyone is in such a hurry, consuming at high speed. How much plastic gets used on just one flight, let alone fuel? Our ancestors did not leave a horrible messy footprint on the planet, this is our recent legacy.
I resolved last summer to keep upping my game to the best of my ability to plant trees. Habitats for creatures, lungs for all, to earth we return …
So I continue to make art to plant woodlands, turning pieces of paper back into trees. That is a kind of alchemy, a desire to create magic, one artists attempt to give back to the earth.
www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk – Prints available
www.kirstenharris.co.uk – Alexander Technique
Body Magic – download
Breathe – download
Walking With Your Horse – download
Link to Messages from Trees blog here
The Guardians by Kirsten Harris