About four years ago, with a few friends, I happened to be taking a short-cut to this meeting, by foot, when we saw this prominently standing tree that obviously had been painted on. Initially, I felt bad for it. I walked up to it, cautiously, as it was on someone’s property and gently touched it. Admittedly, I spoke to it and apologized on behalf of my race for its abuse.
Closer examination, I realized the paint appeared to be embedded in the bark of the tree. I looked this up and found out about “Rainbow Trees, or Eucalyptus,” and I fell in love. They’re absolutely stunning. I was naive and never heard of these majestic and awesome acts of nature. Today’s meditation I was absorbed into one and felt connected with my symbol of hope in a time I was broke and taking short-cuts to meetings in 98 degree weather and fate had me find beauty I may never have known about. - Namaste