Being Uprooted


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

Inevitably there come moments in our lives when we feel uprooted – whether physically, mentally, emotionally or even at the depths of our being. 

It could be a physical move, a health challenge that changes how we engage in our lives, ending of an important relationship, recognizing patterns of being that no longer serve, or even making a shift into a place of simply being more present while trusting the unfolding of our lives – letting go a little more of the ego driven actions based on fear, control and survival.

These times can be challenging, frightening and very disorienting.  It can feel like there is no ground underneath our feet to direct us where the next step of our life is to be taken.  We really don’t know who we are in this new territory or where we belong….or even if we do.

As Thoreau has directed in the above quote the natural world (animals, plants and elements) is filled with signposts and wisdom along the way if we take the time to “learn the essential facts of life”.

Over the last couple of months I have watched the tree above that fell and became uprooted in the Wolf Creek bed with the Winter rain storms.  It arrived with branches bare of leaves and parts of a root ball secured against some sturdy rocks. 

As the weeks went by I observed something powerful.  That tree, even though uprooted found new ground – the creek bed – to root itself in.  Gradually leaves started appearing and each week there were more.  Obviously it had found a new place to grow and thrive. 

Different from the previous place it had been, but still a home base for a period of time – short or long. The tree below has been on this re-rooting journey for a few years now and continues to thrive, having become a part of, and adapted to, its’ new place in the community of natural beings. 


What if living more fully in our lives necessitates actively being uprooted?

Opportunities and possibilities to find new “soil” that is different than what we are used to, but richer and bringing with it more possibility for growth, adaptation, creativity, expression and awareness. 

What if we trusted all aspects of this process and knew without any doubt that we would not only find our way, but would open into new aspects of our expression that enlivened every cell of our being?

We might then open our arms and embrace this space of being uprooted.  Welcoming in the opportunity to embody the fullest expression of our soul.

Absolutely trusting, in right timing, there would be fertile solid ground beneath the next step we take…..


Copyright by Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, 5/16/18










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