In old English traditions there was a practice called Wasselling the boughs, where the community would go from orchard to orchard performing a ritual that included drums and libations. They would sing to the trees, songs of gratitude and honoring, that we appreciated and loved them, that we are thinking about their health and wishing that they might thrive again in the next season and beyond. Now we live in blended cultures, we Wassel the Boughs and sing in different ways, but in this season where a beautiful evergreen tree adorns so many of our homes at the center of our conscious or unconscious seasonal ritual, let your heart song be one of gratitude for the way that trees are as much our mother’s as the woman who gave birth to us, and we can allow ourselves to feel the reality that they give us life, give us the very breath in our lungs. Thank you Ayana @for.the.wild for living your life as a song of devotion to the Sequoias, the majestic Redwood species that contains the largest and tallest trees in the world. These trees can live thousands of years. This is now an endangered subfamily due to habitat losses from fires, logging, and more. Ayana and her organization For The Wild are planting millions of trees, native plants, and fungal companions to mitigate climate change and rapid species loss.
For context, “a 100-ft tree, 18" diameter at its base, produces 6,000 pounds of oxygen. On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four." The loss of these ancient relatives is incredibly personal.
Maybe this year, you may consider donating to Ayana’s appropriately ambitious One Million Redwoods Project as part of your gift giving? To plant trees in your name, in your family’s name, in your children’s name, visit the link in our profile today! ~Blessings to all of you who are paying attention to the other species that are collaborating on our own wellbeing, who allow what you observe to become actions, to become your art🌲🙏🏾💚🙏🏾🌲