we are the roots of the banyan tree

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.

 – E. Y. Harburg

Every single day, it seems, our nation is plunging into a deeper and deeper darkness which seeks to honor no one. Legalizing mistreatment of anyone who is non-white, lost lives of innocents at the hands of mad men with weapons of war, arrogant leaders believing that the US brand of democracy is the only answer for peace, while it stirs the pot of war elsewhere, and it just goes on and on.

It’s enough to plunge one into a deep depression.

Were it not for my beliefs that these happenings are no more than the desperate grip of the patriarchy, holding on to its money and perceived power for as long as it can, and that the shift to peace is happening within many of us and in parts of the world we will never hear about, I might very well lose my mind. This being human…ugh. Sometimes.

I remind myself that I have my heart. I will be guided by my heart. I will love people where they are…even if it is not where I choose to be.

When I find myself in theses dark places, I seek meaningful, deep, heart-resonant music. Tina Malia is one of my “go to” artists. Whether she is singing beautiful mantras or songs she has written, she offers soothing music for a sometimes weary heart.

I heard this one earlier today, as I was driving home from an acupuncture treatment.

The Silent Awakening

The lyrics are easy to discern as you listen, and are powerful to consider. This part of the song really called to me.

We are only a dream of a dream

This world is not what it seems

We are the wind

That carries the seeds

We are the roots of the banyan tree


We are love offered on the wing

That stretches across eternity

We are a chord in

Life’s symphony

We are the silent


Although I knew about banyan trees, it has been a long time since I had seen a picture of one and experienced the beauty of the metaphor in Tina’s song. Indeed, as we continue to awaken, we may well see ourselves as the roots of the banyan tree. This link provides ten things for you to  know about the banyan tree.

Together we are amazing. We can rise up and lift others with us. Our individual contributions together affect the entire tree.


“the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

6 thoughts on “we are the roots of the banyan tree

  • “This being human…ugh. Sometimes.” lol! I have to laugh at us humans from time to time. We’re a crazy bunch. I, too, believe this is a last gasp for the patriarchy, but sometimes it is difficult to hold that in my heart when I look at all that is going on. And then the children decided to rise up and I feel more hope than I have in a long time.

    The song is wonderful and I enjoyed the article about banyan trees. Prior to reading it, I knew nothing at all about banyan trees other than they are fascinating to look at. I’ve only seen them in photos.

    Thank you for the song and the reminder that “we are love offered on the wing.” ❤

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