Words from a tree house

May 8, 2018

This week's musical tune to compliment the {field note} below as you read, meditate or do what you please: Jam Here.



The warm sun is finally peaking its way out in The Northwoods of Wisconsin. As the snow melts, I'm inspired to lean back into the silence of growing things; beginning to build more of the tiny house, Swan Studio. Soon to come is the testing of electric and installing insulation but for now, in this magical moment, I'm just simply (and inexplicably) inspired...


Sitting in a tree house (That I refer to as The Birds Nest), down the hill from the dome home (I like to call Turtles  Landing), I re-read what I've probably read a few dozen times by now.


I discovered this particular reading for the first time just after taking a yearlong traveling sabbatical in the wild. Here I was, a bridesmaid in a wedding that happened to be on a farm out in the middle of nowhere. Even further out in the middle of nowhere was a tiny, off-the-grid cabin.


Inside of this humble abode, as the rest of the wedding party was chit chatting and drinking bubbly before the exchange of vows, I was off quietly reading this piece of unframed paper on an old log wall. It illuminating the following words that I re-read now...



"I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular. The planet is circular, and so is the planet around the sun. The course of water over the earth is circular coming down from the sky and circulating through the world to spread life and then evaporating up again.


I live in a circular teepee and build my fire in a circle. The life cycles of plants and animals are circular. I live outside where I can see this. The ancient people understood that our world is a circle, but we modern people have lost site of that.


I don't live inside buildings because buildings are dead places where nothing grows, where water doesn't flow, and where life stops. I don't want to live in a dead place. People say that I don't live in a real world, but it's modern Americans who live in a fake world, because they have stepped outside the natural circle of life.



Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box.


Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box.


Break out of the box!,,, This not the way humanity lived for thousands of years."     -The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert



Probably one of the parts I adore most about "The Birds Nest" and "Turtles Landing," just as much as Swan Studio tiny house on wheels, is that they are structures built around the captivating and grounding nature of The Northwoods. 


Naturally, it's magical spaces as such that are one of many ways that can allow for us to feel connected with the natural wonders of the world, surrounding creatures and our inner nature too. 

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