Breathing in, my roots stretching into the ground, my trunk stable and secure - breathing out I imagine my branches flexible, pliant, strong but giving the wind - breathing in I imagine the oxygen coming in through the pores of my skin, the way leaves take in carbon dioxide - breathing out I imagine the toxins easily leaving my body through my skin the way oxygen is released from leaves. Breathing in I imagine the flow of the sap rising up the tree and I allow the new life force to energise and restore my cells - breathing out I allow that which is no longer needed to return to earth and be recycled, like dead leaves on a forest floor during winter.
I practice the chi gong movement called Tree Swaying, moving gently and fluidly, tracing my fingers just above my leg and torso, along the gallbladder meridian, mindful of the partner liver meridian, to end pointing at my eyes. I allow the flow of the energy of clear sight, clear mind, clear decision-making. I allow the transformation from anger to kindness, from weakness to resiliance. I allow my body, mind and energy to reflect and embody the nature of the tree, its cycles, its strength, its wisdom.