Making life changes to reflect your commitment to the environment is a process, much like Nalini’s process of scaling the trees.  It takes a moment to get comfortable, figuring out the support system. Can you trust it?  Will the strength of the rope support you?  What exactly is keeping me from falling to my death?  You have guides around you, offering good advice.  Some of the advice sinks in while other content fails to enter your mind.  Your brain can process only so much.  Remember to breathe!  You turn over to the old ways and slide into your comfort zone – doing the things you’ve always done.  Slowly though, enough information sinks in.  You start moving forward.  You gain confidence.  It takes effort, strength and dedication, but you see your progress.  You get some rope burns, but you learn as you go.  The coaching continues from around you and you absorb more and more.  Then you reach a high point, and your perspective begins to change.  You see things differently.  The light on the leaves glows differently.  The way the birds land on a branch, more graceful than you realized when you were below.  The sounds are different too.  There is less distraction and more calmness.  Then you’re ready for the next leg of your journey…

Here’s a photo of our friend Uwe rising into the canopy.  Special thanks to Nalini for making this experience possible.  See you in the treetops…

Uwe going up

Uwe going up