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Category: Self-Discovery

Hindu Gods & Goddesses Joycast

Posted By Lindsay on Nov 02, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I always feel the potency of tree energy this time of year. When the leaves start to blaze with colour and drift through the air to heap in piles underfoot, I am reminded of the cyclical nature of the seasons, and in turn of the cycles within our own lives. Read More

Shiva: Surfing the Wave of Transformation

Posted By linds@y*editor on Oct 31, 2013

Over Thanksgiving?or Fangsgiving as we of the gothic propensity like to say?I was visiting my sister. I don’t do that often enough. I also happened to be hanging out with her in her hot tub, which I do even more rarely. As a result of this steamy decadence, I removed my Shiva necklace so it would not get wet. This necklace, I must declare, is my very favourite bit of bling. It is a likeness of Shiva in the form of Sri Nataraj, Lord of the Dance, undulating in the middle of a ring of sacred flames. Read More

Behind the Scenes at the Robert Sturman Photoshoot

Posted By Lindsay on Jul 16, 2013

Creating art through yoga?specifically photographs?is a thought-provoking idea. Although a personal practice, yoga is also a beautiful outward expression of your multidimensional being embodying its highest self. Capturing that in an image is a powerful thing. Read More

ASHtrology for the Awakening

Posted By Ashley Laux on Jun 21, 2013

June is drawing to a close and the Summer Solstice is upon us. Celebrate Midsummer?s Night with an end of the month astrology update from Ashley Laux, friend of DevaTree.

Honour Your Barriers and Delight in Your Light?Fall in Love with Yourself! Read More

Photographs, Fears, & Fun

Posted By Lindsay on Jun 14, 2013

Jyoti and I were driving to the DevaTree photoshoot, on the road somewhere between Toronto and Kitchener when I turned to her and said, “Did I mention that I hate having my picture taken?” Read More

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Deepening our Relationship to the Earth
Welcome to the DevaTree Joycast

The DevaTree Joycast is designed to help you playfully nurture your intuition and connect your life to the wisdom of nature in a meaningful way. While we encourage you to approach the Joycast with an attitude of playful curiosity, our reasons for using Nature to convey life messages is rooted in our deep reverence, humility and trust in the Earth. Many people intuitively understand that connecting to nature is necessary for true healing, both as individuals and as a species. At a practical level, it can sooth us, calm our anxieties and invoke our breath to deepen. It can also inconvenience us, unnerve us or scare us with its awesome force and unpredictability. If we admire the beautiful side of nature but feel it is our right to eradicate, sterilize or conquer those parts we dislike or don’t understand, we will likely admire ourselves when life is shiny but reject ourselves when our shadowy side cycles back in. By polarizing in this way, we reject our fundamental nature because like the waves in the ocean we were meant to experience cycles of ebb and flow, light and dark, praise and blame, fame and disrepute. It is the natural way.

So what does it mean to connect meaningfully with nature and where do we begin? Although I faithfully recycle and compost, these are tasks. While helpful, these tasks cannot bring me into a meaningful relationship with the Earth any more than washing my spouse’s car can create the foundation of my marriage. In order to evolve in consciousness, our old attitudes must shift so that we begin to think of the “we” before the “me” not only with each other but also with this planet we inhabit. At its most fundamental level, our real connection with her majesty Mother Earth begins when we simply pay attention and listen. It is actually that simple.

There was a time on Earth when the Sun, Moon, Stars and Weather were held in great reverence and even the sweetness of the wind in the trees or the arrangement of rose petals in the soil meant something. In that simpler time it was not considered hippie, flaky or frivolous to notice the patterns in a piece of wood or the behaviors of the animals. This connection to nature brought these humans into a deeper state of grace and flow, trusting in the rhythms of life and thereby trusting in their own inner knowing.

Because as humans we have elevated ourselves above our flying, furry and sea-dwelling neighbors, the dignity of these creatures has been forgotten, their special place in the scheme of life taken for granted. Just like we were each born with a unique and sacred life purpose, every bug, plant, animal and tree is also here fulfilling its sacred contract. There is a vastness of knowledge, wisdom, love and grace in Nature that is patiently waiting to open up to us. We don’t have to give up our cars or feel guilty for killing a mosquito but we do need to start noticing.

Wherever you are now, inside or outside, take a deep breath and feel your connection to Nature. Next time you walk outside whether on a busy street or a secluded meadow, feel the air on your skin, look for the glistening dew on the grass or smile toward the sky for a moment. Your senses will begin to synchronize with a vibration that is more natural and the path ahead will become more colorful. We hope the Joycast will support you on your journey.

May nature’s blessings Rain down on you,