Our root system

While I was out for a run this morning, my eye was drawn to all the magnificent trees, standing tall and looking so majestic despite the cold, long, and very snowy winter we have had.

Trees can live thousands of years and rely on their powerful root system to feed, strengthen and nourish them. However, if the roots of a tree are damaged, the whole tree is in danger.

Did you know that the root system of trees can expand to 3 times the canopy of the tree? So, if the branches of the tree reach 5 feet, then the root system will expand to 15 feet!

This made me think of our bodies versus the tree and how we can learn from our earth.

How have you been coping this season? Do you feel strong? Have you side stepped the colds and flus? Do you have energy?

The tree has a support system that is greater than what you see. We too have a “root” system that can nourish us, but over the years, many people have substituted out the vital components of our system.

Water, minerals, and oxygen are the components to sustain life for a tree.

What do we use to sustain our life? Chemicals, preservatives, additives, medications, prescriptions, boxed foods, fried foods, processed foods, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and negativity are the major components of our “root system”. Instead of creating strength and vibrancy, we are creating sickness, negativity and a cloudy outlook on life.

We are missing the synergy between the mind, body and soul. Do your daily activities nourish you, strengthen you, and/or ground you?

Our bodies have an innate wisdom that resides at our core. Our bodies can heal and repair itself given the right vital nutrients to do so. We also have to consider that the immune system can only handle so much so fast. So, we need to stop insulting it at a rate far faster than the immune system can keep up.

So, what are the components of our healthy root system? Water, oxygen, vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, a positive attitude, love and support from friends and family and love for ourselves.

It sounds simple, but it can be difficult to obtain a healthy root system. Why? We live in a fast paced, quick fix, on the go world, where our soils are depleted, we spray our crops with billions of pounds of chemicals each year, we breathe in pollutants, we are stressed and we don’t take the time to nourish our mind and soul.

So, where do you even begin to make a change? Well, at the place that makes the most sense to you. It is the small changes over time that will drastically impact your life.

Darren Hardy says: When it comes to breaking old habits and starting new ones, remember to be patient with yourself. If you’ve spent twenty, thirty, or forty years or more repeating the behaviors you’re now trying to change, you’ve got to expect it’s going to take time and effort before you see lasting results.

Where do you want to be in a year? 2 years? 3 years? You need to take action now so you can arrive at your desired destination. The thing is time doesn’t stop. It will keep moving forward no matter what you do. The rest is up to you!

Cheers to an incredible life!


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