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“We are Nature.
Nature and people are simply part of one another.
The natural world is at the heart of our well-being.
If we are willing to listen and pay attention to Nature, we will begin to recognise our innate sense of connection and belonging.
When we become accepting, warmer and kinder towards ourselves and our experiences of life, we are naturally kinder to others. We can then extend this kindness outwards to all living things.”
Lisa McLoughlin, artist and creator of Tree Wisdom cards, tells the Book Detective that nature can teach us kindness. Most of us feel we aren’t good enough, and may look at other people around us, who we feel are more successful or better in some way – or as Lisa calls it, ‘compare and despair’! But, as she explains, nature is always true to itself. An oak tree does not want to be a beech tree, it never doubts its purpose (going from acorn to oak), and it will make the most of where it is planted. Lisa also shares some inspiring personal stories, in particular of how she was pulled away from her love of art as a teenager to pursue a career within a scientific field, and many moons later found her way back to it, reconnecting from a much deeper, richer and more joyful place.
A lover of nature since childhood, she explains why trees have always been our greatest allies and that nature is essential for our wellbeing. Even looking at a painting or photograph of nature can have a beneficial effect on us.
Lisa creates all of her card packs as ‘medicine for herself’ trusting that they will also be beneficial and appealing to others. She calls her cards, kindness companions, and her Tree Wisdom cards are an oracle deck. There are no rules for using them, and they are not about predicting the future. Instead, they can provide us with gentle guidance, and help us to connect with our own intuition and inner wisdom. If you have a particular question, you can hold it in your mind and shuffle the cards before picking one at random, or you may want to pick a card a day and consider what it has to tell you in that moment. They are designed to empower and inspire you to thrive and flourish.
If you like the sound of that, you can find out more about Lisa and her cards at her store, Whimsy of Nature or connect with her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lisamcloughlinart/Trees are our strongest allies says @lisamcloughlina Click To Tweet