Enjoyed an hour and twenty minutes of the Back track today. Got from the bridge to the top in about 28minutes then took the scenic route back down with a trot around the edge of the forest and then on the centre track to the carpark. Was awesome and felt strong.
A tree is anchored in the depths of the earth.
It seeks nourishment in the dark soil, the rich broken down matter of life.
As the roots reach down and search they hold the tree firmly to the earth.
Thus held and nourished, the tree grows upwards into the light, drinking the sun and air and expressing its truth: its branches and foliage, its flowers and fruit.
All kinds of animals teem around and on the tree. They nest and breed and sing and buzz.
They glorify the creation.
The tree changes as it grows.
It is torn by wind and lightning, scarred by frost and fire.
Branches die – new ones emerge.
Existence has its way with the tree but still it grows; still its roots reach down into the darkness; still its branches flow with sap and reach upward and outward into the world.
abridged from The Prayer Tree by Leunig