Good Morning, God!
Part way up the General Grant tree is a puzzle. And there are no rangers around to ask. The small straight “tree” shown coming out of the left side here in this photo — is it a branch or is it another tree?
The branches we have seen on this tree and all the other sequoias go pretty much straight out and then may curve up. But this one goes straight up — as if it were its own person — not a branch.
Kit spotted it and we wondered about it. Could it be a pine growing out of the sequoia? Just this morning I read about truffles and other fungi that live in symbiotic relationships with trees.
And it seems as if even dead trees are essential to the health of a forrest — the Web of Life is far more complex than we realize. Still, fungi down on the ground is ONE thing — a separate species growing midway up a sequoia — is quite another.
And, God, speaking of half way up — that is where I was this morning on Moro Rock. I was impressed I got that far up! Fear of heights feels like a body thing. At least that is sort of how I know I am frightened — my BODY tells me!
Now, God, I know it is really my MIND that is responsible. And knowing that, I should be able to work with my mind to reduce the fear — instead of letting my imagination increase it.
Hmmm. But, then I think about how just taking vitamin E has greatly reduced my fear of heights. And how it helped Suz get over “panic attacks.” So, God, what if a lot of the things we think of as “mental” are actually physiological?
Yes, God, I need to stop my Either / Or thinking. Please help me expand and deepen my mental maps!