Have you heard the whistle-beat of a woodpecker's wings overhead? Watched the mist descend upon distant mountaintops?
Come to the woods with me and sit. It is an art as ancient as stone craft, and as forgotten.
To listen. To see. To wait. To be still upon the Earth so long that her inhabitants come to accept you as one with the landscape. To be so long that thrashers forage by your side and spiders creep upon your knee.
Conquer your fear so that you may gaze in wonder upon the elegance of the spider's two long, brown front legs, stretched before her together in a straight line, twice the length of her body, poised like a dancer before the first beat of music.
Observe in delight the expressive way in which she raises her pointed hindquarters in the air and lowers her body again, dancing to a melody only she hears, signaling in some language you will learn if you only sit in silence long enough.
Expect nothing but what appears directly before you. Accept all that appears directly before you.
Do all this, and you may remember the magic of your ancestors, the magic that has been buried for too long. The magic that will return you to yourself.
It is that simple and that hard.
Come to the woods with me and sit.
Fen Druadìn (they/them) is anamchara, storyteller, dragon, student of trees, and a breaker of generational curses.
Fen's mission here is to love and remember themself completely, connect deeply with the world, and help others do the same for themselves.
Fen connects deeply with the universe through their relationship with a sacred land in the Appalachians of North Carolina, and shares messages here and elsewhere. When not in the woods, they can be found on Facebook and Patreon.
If you feel led and are able, you can support Fen's work in any of these ways:
You can also contribute to the work of reconnecting with yourself and the world in any or all of these ways:
Stand in front of a mirror, look in your eyes, and say, "I love you." Repeat daily for as long as it takes
Send your love to the trees and stones and water and Earth
Spend time in quiet meditation with a plant or stone person, and listen for messages
Clean up litter in your neighborhood and/or engage in other acts of environmental restoration
Build a personal relationship with the plants and animals in your area by spending time with them and listening for their messages and responding to their needs
Reconnect with your own strength and power and truth via meditative practice such as yoga, guided meditation, chanting, drumming, dance, or any other tool that feels right and helps you ground and connect
Engage in this community and/or other communities committed to re-establishing our right relationship with ourselves and the earth
Wherever you are, on your journey and in your life, may you be well, may you be at peace, and may you always find the next good step.