Weekly Photo Challenge (solitary)

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This is a solitary Banyan tree. Despite its many trunks this is one tree, which has grown on a host tree, which it then strangles and overcomes, before going on to sprout many hanging roots, which form new trunks! The atmosphere around this tree is very ephemeral, and there is a deep sense of spirit and space, filling the air with the solitary presence of this special tree.

In many cultures the Banyan tree is viewed as highly spiritual, and Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment under a Bodi tree, which is a member of the Banyan family. I certainly felt a deep all pervading stillness all around this tree. A stillness which filled my heart and mind as I gazed up in awe at its tangled roots and branches. It was as though time stood still and held its breath, and the whole world paused with me. A beautiful peaceful sense of solitude and calm filled me from the tips of my toes to the crown of my head.

I find solitude deeply refreshing, and I crave it, like water on a hot day. Much as I love people, I also love my space, and try to find a balance of solitude and company every day.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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5 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge (solitary)

  1. 76sanfermo says:

    Never seen such a beauty! And I agree when you say that ” solitude is deeply refreshing”. I also crave for it….. We have something in common,thanks for sharing!

  2. They are amazing…so atmospheric 🙂

  3. Northern Narratives says:

    Wonderful trees.

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