This week we have a very special edition of Mantra with music by SoundMonk. If you like this podcast please take a moment to Subscribe and Share with a Friend! Now take a deep breath put your feet firmly on the ground and we will begin. We start by focusing where your body meets the Earth. It may be your feet, it may be your seat, or it may be both. Take a deep breath into this space and as you exhale feel your energy roots spread deeper and wider. Each in breath feels purifying and each exhalation sends any negativity through your energy roots to be purified by the Earth. While we continue to root ourselves, I would like to talk to you about two trees, the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. It is said that we ate from the Tree of Knowledge and now we know right, wrong, good, evil, happy, and sadness. We go through each moment in life making judgements and discernment. This is good, this is bad, I am right and you are wrong. Every moment finding ways to be more separate building walls between each other. Yet there was another tree. When banished from the Garden, the Tree of Life was said to be guarded by a cherub with a flaming sword. Yet Buddha has sat beneath it and the ancient Persians sent fish to guard it, and Krishna is said to have slept in it while the Earth was covered in water. I can’t help but wonder if the Tree of Life would reveal the cycle so that we could know we came to play and have fun. This life is not a slow march till the end but a journey of peaks and valleys and endless beauty if you allow it in. Would the Fruit of the Tree of Life reveal our connection? Show us all how you, me, the grass underfoot and the leaves of the trees are just one beautiful organism? This week I challenge you to live as if we ate from the Tree of Life instead of the Tree of Knowledge. Put down your judgements and remember we are all one. You are Loved! My name is JP Adkins, and this is my Mantra.