Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bonding with Trees @ Bougainvillea Park

I was with ~30 youths at Bougainvillea Park last Sunday,
participating in a tree planting event co-organized by NParks and DDYS.

It was touching to see many youths getting together,
to put in effort (tho' symbolic) for the welfare of Mother Earth.

A short conversation with a young mother planting the trees
with her 5yo-ish daughter
evoked some thoughts.

The mother mentioned that
she herself had not been in touch of the nature since a long time,
she hoped bringing her daughter along to play with soil and plants that day
could mean something to both of them.

-- The newly born nowadays are truly getting deprived of chances
to bond with or even get in touch with nature.

We adults, altho' may be living in neighbourhood with lots of trees,
actually there isn't any real relationship between trees and ourselves. 

Trees to us, are becoming like the "strangers" next door.

Quite a while ago,
my yogist friend, Bala, who also does a lot of tree hugging,
insisted that I read this old classic book
"The Giving Tree"  by Shel Silverstein.

It's a children's comic book with great philosophy.
10% words, 90% wisdom.

Read it here in PPT format,
and let me know when you plan to go tree hugging or tree planting? =)

Well regards,
Kee Yew
{Learning Holistic Wellness for Wisdom and Compassion}

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