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I’m always happiest walking in the woods with our tree allies, known to some as the Standing People. The forest grounds me, refreshes me, inspires me.

This quote from Robert Louis Stevenson reminds me just how much even the fragrance of the woods connects with our soul… and how its air inspires us (on so many levels!) as we draw its molecules into our very being through breath:

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

And women’s hearts too, RLS!
I sat for a while with this hazelnut tree in a local food forest on the weekend, reminded of the power of Stevenson’s words… and the power of the tree.