Learning from the Hawthorn tree

“There was a time for bringing forth atoms. There was a time for bringing forth galaxies. There was a time when earth became ignited with life. These are not indicated by anything mechanical but by the deepest processes of the universe itself”.
Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme.

I am in Wiltshire this bank holiday weekend and the Hawthorn is in full display; tree after tree dripping with flowers. We are camping in an ancient woodland and there is no need for torches as the effect of the moonlight shining on the white flowers is so bright.

I was here two weeks ago and then the gorse was in full flower. Now only a few golden cups are left clinging to the prickly branches.

When I am busy with work in London I often the feel pressure to produce visible outcomes. It is all too easy to be consumed by the expectation to be in a kind of perpetual spring and summer, constantly driving forward and on show all the time.

Being here I feel myself shift away from the often self-imposed expectations of mechanical time. I let go into a deeper, more connected, more trusting way of being. More attuned to the cyclical flow of organic time I appreciate the perfectly paced and unpredictable rhythms and patterns of nature. Like the Hawthorn, everything has its time to be on show – and that’s not all the time.