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Tree Meditation

Tree Meditation

Meditation and Healing: Tree Meditation

by Curt Remington

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Not long after writing an article with a tree meditation, I spent a day backcountry skiing, between Nooksack Ridge and Mt Shuksan, in a drizzling rain. After a number of miles of gradual climbing, I found myself in a remote stand of fir trees, miles from anyone, fully enjoying the solitude. As I rested, I tuned into the patter of rain on my hood, the wind gently blowing through the trees and the damp, fresh smell of the woods.

Inspired to meditate, my plan was to try the tree meditation described in my article, “Meditation to Connect with Nature”. Before starting on that meditation, I got to thinking about the trees surrounding me. My first thought was that it would be awfully boring be to be stuck in one place, as a tree, in such a remote forest.

As the focal point for my meditation, I decided to imagine myself as one of the straight and strong fir trees that stood above me. This was similar to my earlier tree meditation, but with a different focus. Rather than imagining myself on a stump and running the energy of the tree, I simply imagined being a tree and all the details that go with it. From that perspective, I realized that a tree might look at life completely differently, perfectly content to stand firmly, deeply rooted to the Earth. Rocking gently with a light breeze. A tree wouldn’t be bored. It would always be in the now, just experiencing.

I also became aware that if you really paid attention, there is a lot to experience, even in a remote section of woods.  As a tree, you’d notice the changes in weather, with a rain soaking your branches on a day like this one. On some days you might relish the morning sun, as it warms your branches, steaming off the morning dew. On other days, strong winds might howl and cause you to sway and bend. Constantly outdoors, you’d never miss a spectacular sunset or a moonlit night.

TreeMeditation_clip_image006For company, there are countless neighboring trees swaying alongside, along with birds, squirrels and insects that make a home in your branches. Deer would come to nibble on your new growth, and an occasional bear may come to sharpen its claws.
Those claws are probably what brought me out of my meditation, momentarily forgetting that the bears were still peacefully hibernating.

I finished feeling refreshed and with a new perspective on trees. Even with a greater appreciation for their life, I still appreciated my own mobility, so I pushed off with my poles and skied down the hill, towards the dry comfort of my car.

While I wrung out my gloves and loaded my gear, I decided this experience was worthy of a new blog article. I hope you agree. You don’t have to be standing in the woods to try this form of meditation. In fact, you could try a variation, imagining life as a wolf, an eagle, or even a rock, a creek or whatever.

As you may have noticed, the picture of Nooksack Ridge was taken on a different, sunny day. It’s a few miles from where I was skiing, and it does have lots of trees. The picture at the top of my blog is Mt Shuksan, also just a few miles from my life as a tree experience.

Connect With Nature


Meditation to Connect With Nature

by Curt Remington

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Many outdoor activities can also be a great form of meditation. What? you may think. Activity and meditating are opposites and certainly not related. Doesn’t meditating mean sitting still and blanking your mind? Maybe you don’t think that, but I used too. Actually, meditating means finding a single focus for your mind, to slow down all the other racing thoughts that may otherwise be there. That way you can attain relaxation and a deeper awareness. In other words, meditating makes you feel good. As I’m sure you’ve heard, there are lots of other health benefits too.

ConnectWithNature_clip_image002Okay, so what kind of outdoor activities could we consider a meditation? Falling into a rhythmic motion, and staying in the present, while you kayak, hike or climb can all be moving meditations, similar to walking a labyrinth. Sitting, or moving slowly through a forest, watching intently for wildlife can really make you feel a part of the habitat. I do this with my camera regularly.
Relaxing in a lounge chair, listening to ocean waves and letting go of other thoughts, is incredibly relaxing. There’s good reason people save for their beach vacations. Sitting on a mountaintop, looking out in awe at the scene before you is also a wonderful meditation. I realize that some of these activities aren’t very active, but it probably took some real activity to get to the mountaintop.
By practicing a few techniques, you can combine nature with meditation to make your time outdoors even better. On days that you can’t get out, visualization along with some of these same techniques, can help bring nature indoors and make your meditating even better. If you don’t already meditate, these techniques could be a great way to get started.

Natural Focal Points

As I mentioned earlier, meditating means finding a single focus for your mind, which allows your mind and body to relax, stay in the present and get more in touch with your surroundings. By paying close attention to your environment, you can find many things to focus on, like the examples below:

  • A beautiful scene – Mountains and beaches are great, but it could be a gently waving cornfield.
  • Water sounds, like a gurgling creek, rain or waves lapping at a boat or shore
    Wind through the trees and the fresh air that it carries
  • The dancing flames of a fire
  • Bird sounds and their activity – Maybe consider a feeder or bath outside your window
  • A rising or setting sun and its rapidly changing lighting
  • Clouds, as they move across the sky in ever-changing shapes

If you live in the middle of a large city, you may even find man-made focal points that work well for you, like the hum of machinery, looking over a cityscape or the sounds of a busy park. Unfortunately, some city noises just aren’t as soothing as the sounds you would find in a remote wilderness. If you find the sounds distracting, take note of them, then let them go and tune-in to something else.
For those of you that are indoors today, you can relax and enjoy a similar state by tuning into a CD of waves, a gurgling creek or birds. You could even gaze at the flame in your fireplace, imagining an outdoor campfire, or at a scenic photograph, putting yourself in that environment.

Tune Into Nature Exercise

To put this into practice. Find a park, garden, forest or whatever, and make your way to a comfortable place to sit. For the first time, a quiet place without lots of passerbys would be good. If you can’t do this now, feel free to print this page, put it in your pocket and come back to this exercise later.
As you make your way to your place in nature, pay close attention to your surroundings. Are there unusual sounds or smells? What is the lighting like? Is it warm or cold? What kind of breeze? Are there interesting people or animals around you? What about patterns or interesting details?
Have you reached your destination? Okay, sit down and relax. Did you find something on the way to tune into? Is there a beautiful scene? Whatever it is, take note of it, and use it to gently focus on. If it’s a sound, you can close your eyes if you want. If you find that you’re thinking again, don’t be hard on yourself, but remember to come back to your original focus. Get a sense that you are indeed connected to all that is around you: the ground, trees, air, animals and any people too. Feel this connection, without giving it much thought. Do this for as long as seems comfortable.
On your way home, try to retain your calm state and stay alert to your surroundings, watching for whatever might catch your attention. It’s a great world we live in, but much of the time we are just too busy to notice.


Tree Meditation

ConnectWithNature_clip_image004Tuning into nature has all the usual benefits of meditation and helps you connect with your surroundings. For even greater benefit, you can intentionally take in and run the quantum energy in your surroundings, releasing blocks to your health, emotional and spiritual well being. My articles on grounding and running your energies cover specific meditations for moving quantum energy. This “tree meditation” is a simpler exercise for obtaining some of those same benefits.
If you have the chance, you can do this exercise in a park, woods or at the side of a hiking trail. Otherwise, it works fine in a comfortable chair at home, using your imagination to visualize the serene outdoor surroundings.


  • Imagine a small creek, at the edge of a woods. You’re on a tree stump, sitting comfortably, listening to the creek and birds. The sun is on your face, warming and relaxing you.
  • As you listen, you feel more a part of the natural scene, as you become almost a part of the stump. You can feel the energy of the tree that was once there. Your body feels connected, as if you’ve replaced the tree. Any tension and negative emotions sinks from your body, down through the trunk and into a very deep root extending towards the center of the Earth.
  • Your feet and legs feel connected to the ground, and energy runs up through your feet, like the shallower roots that fed the tree.
  • Golden sunlight, and the energy of the air, soak and pour in through your head, the way a tree absorbs sun through its leaves. Your arms and body are warmed by this light, like the branches of the tree.
  • Feel the energy from the earth and the sky filling and moving through your body, rejuvenating and releasing blocks along the way. Any excess energy continues down through the stump and down the deep root where it’s released into the ground.
  • Relax, and let the energy of the sky and earth continue to run.
  • When you feel ready, take a few deep breaths and stretch, making your separation from the tree. As you get up, you will take some of this new energy with you, feeling more invigorated.


These techniques are a great way to start meditating or a great way to make your outdoor activities even better. When hiking or kayaking, my wife and I look forward to finding a secluded, scenic spot and practicing some of our meditation techniques, really taking in the energy of the place. I think you’ll find this to be a wonderful experience too.

Video of Bagley Lakes Trail, North Cascades, Washington

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Fall Colors Visualization Meditation

Autumn- a bittersweet time of change

Fall can bring a sense of melancholy. The long warm days of summer are over, and it may feel like winter is just around the corner. On the other hand, autumn can hold spectacular days of sunshine, stunning colors, and crisp, fresh air. The best hiking near my home, high in the North Cascades, is in the fall when the snow has finally melted from the meadows, and the blueberry’s leaves have turned a vivid red.

Fall colors at Heather Meadows, North Cascades, Washington

Fall colors at Heather Meadows, North Cascades, Washington

If you can get out to a spectacular scene like a mountain panorama high in the Cascades, then by all means, hike to a high spot, find a comfortable log, and sit down to meditate. If that just doesn’t seem convenient, you can still enjoy some of that beauty, and the blissful peace that accompanies it, by using this visualization meditation. This works fine in other seasons too, and you don’t have to travel farther than the comfortable chair in your living room.

Trees reflected in Lake Whatcom, Washington

Trees reflected in Lake Whatcom, Washington

Autumn Visualization Meditation

Naturally the best autumn meditation would be one while you’re looking out over a beautiful scene. If you’re in such a place, try this meditation for connecting with nature. If you’re at home, and just wish you were out in nature, please continue reading.
I recommend finding a comfortable chair, but sit on the floor if you like. Close your eyes, and take a few deep clearing breaths, letting go of stress with each exhale. When you feel ready, visualize that you are in your comfortable chair, facing a scene with stunning fall colors. You might choose the reflection of colors in a lake, rolling alpine meadows covered with reds and golds, or a cascading creek.

Mt Baker in Autumn, Whatcom County, Washington

Mt Baker in Autumn, Whatcom County, Washington

Whatever scene you decide on, visualize it as clearly as you can. Imagine how fresh the air smells. Hear the breeze rustling the leaves. Feel the sun shining on your face. The colors are so intense that you can almost feel them. Enjoy these sensations for as long as feels comfortable. When you’re finished, take a few more clearing breaths and go about your day.

North Cascades National Park, Washington in the Fall


Skiing, Snowboarding or Scuba Meditation

Visualizing Outdoor Activities is a Great Way to Meditate

by Curt Remington

In self-hypnosis, a common deepening exercise is to visualize walking down a flight of stairs. During meditation, you can use this same technique and reach a deeper alpha or theta (trance) state.

Walking down a flight of steps might work well, but skiing down a mountain or diving down to a vibrant coral reef is a lot more fun. Visualizing these activities while you’re meditating will sharpen your visualization skills, deepen your meditative state, and make your experience really enjoyable.

For either of these meditations, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit. Take a few deep, clearing breaths. Close your eyes and relax.

Mt Baker Ski Area, Washingon

Mt Baker Ski Area, Washingon

Skiing or Snowboarding Visualization

For a skiing or snowboarding meditation, I’d visualize rhythmic carved turns through deep, soft powder. Feel yourself gently rising and sinking into the snow, as you make your way down the mountain. See and feel the details around you. Is the sun shining on your face? Is there a cool breeze against your cheeks? Can you smell the freshness of the mountain air?

If you like, visualize coming over a slight rise to find what’s on the other side. As I did this, a rustic cabin came into view. I went inside and found a warm fire and friends drinking hot cocoa.

Scuba Visualization

Tropical Fish at a Coral Reef

Tropical Fish at a Coral Reef

As you may already know, SCUBA stands for self-contained underwater breath apparatus. Since this is a visualization exercise, you don’t need scuba gear to breathe underwater, so leave it at home if you like.

Start your dive in clear, blue water, with depths to explore below. Propel yourself forward and down with smooth, strong kicks. What you find below is up to you. Can you see the bottom, or does it disappear into darkness? You might follow a coral reef with countless fish, or you might follow a gradual sand bottom down. Can you hear any sounds? The song of a whale? The bubbles of your gear, if you brought it? Are there fish? A shipwreck?

Like with the skiing visualization, you might come over a rise to see what comes into view. For me, an underwater city appeared, with glass domes over the dwellings. On my next visualization meditation, I may explore that city.


Meditations for Clearing Toxins & Energy Debris

Remove Toxins and Bring in Good Energy

by Curt Remington


Dealing with Cancer

Dealing with your own cancer provides a powerful incentive for learning more about energy healing meditations. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing, both dealing and learning. Yes, I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, with a Gleason Score of seven. At first, this caused a rollercoaster of emotions. My first reaction was shock, since I’m almost always in good health. How could I have cancer? Some fear followed right behind the shock, since the word “cancer” brings up dreadful images, like the condition my dad was in the last day of his life.

A big shift occurred after one of my meditation sessi

Curt & Riva Backpacking

Curt & Riva Backpacking

ons. At the suggestion of a wise spiritual being, I sent loving, positive energy to my prostate including the cancer. This is quite different than my initial reaction of viewing it as a horrible, invasive thing in me. When I finished my meditation, it no longer seemed so frightening or awful, making it much easier to relax. That’s a good thing, because stress causes your immune system to shut down. Now, my focus is on healing and good health.

An illness like cancer can have a number of contributing causes, some physical and some spiritual. On a spiritual level, I’ve (my higher or spiritual self) manifested this as a way to deepen my spirituality and to further develop my healing skills. This seems to be working, in that I have been meditating more, raising my energy vibration to new heights and working with a very advanced group of spiritual beings, learning new healing techniques.

On a physical level, a few issues probably increased my risk for cancer. My dad died of prostate cancer, which is one mark against me (heredity factor), and one I can’t do much about. I’ve also experiences a lot of stress, especially in the years before I started meditating. Carelessly handling chemicals and toxins, during construction and remodeling work, probably didn’t help either.

In learning new healing meditation techniques, I’ve been fortunate to work with inspirational spiritual beings, like Archangel Raphael. He is willing and able to work with anyone that asks, including you. Archangels are capable of doing many things at once, so if you call on him, you won’t be tearing him away from something more important. Archangels are found in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. There are also many non-religious people that believe in angels. My belief in angels and archangels is based on my own clairvoyant experiences, as I’ve found them to be very real, powerful and loving beings.

In dealing with cancer, knowing that I have such powerful help has made the whole situation much less frightening. Meditating definitely helps with that too. The purpose of this article is to share with you some meditations for clearing stuck energy and physical toxins that can cause cancer or other ailments. If you already have cancer, these exercises can help, but you’ll need to do more to actually target the cancer cells. I’ll cover meditations for that in future articles.

These techniques work on a quantum energy level, because quantum energy responds to our thoughts or intentions. You can also adapt and utilize these visualization meditations as energy healing techniques for the benefit of someone else, even from a distance. Just visualize their body along with the steps described in the exercises below.

These techniques are not intended to replace medical treatment. They are intended to work with and supplement whatever medical treatment you are receiving. If you are currently healthy, they are a good preventative measure.

Ring of Energy Visualization for Removing Debris

You can do this exercise sitting in a chair or lying in bed. Grounding and Running Your Energies is a wise way to start any meditation. Having a grounding cord is especially important for this exercise, because it gives you a place to release any energy debris. Once you’re in a relaxed meditative state, with a grounding cord in place, visualize a hula-hoop sized ring (one meter across) hovering above your head with a beam of emerald green healing energy extending across the inside of the ring. I usually ask Archangel Raphael to supply this especially powerful energy. Slowly visualize the ring moving down over your head and slowly down your body. See the green energy pushing any of your dark, stuck energy down with the ring. When the ring passes your feet, this dark energy will be pushed out of your body and travel down your grounding cord. You can then let the ring disappear with a pop. Next, let Raphael’s green energy pour down through the top of your head and fill your body with its soothing and healing power. Once you’ve done that, thank Raphael, take a few deep, clearing breaths and finish meditating, or move onto another exercise.

Healing Waves Meditation for Washing Away Toxins

An advanced healing guide suggested this meditation to my wife Mary, for removing toxins from the body that can contribute to cancer. The healing guide briefly mentioned that the ions in saltwater would help carry toxins out. I don’t know enough about chemistry to explain how this works, but I trust him as an excellent source for information.

You can do this visualization meditation sitting or lying down. Once you’re in a relaxed, meditative state, visualize a saltwater wave sweeping over your head and pouring down through you, as if the water could pass right through you. Let it wash through every part of you, and visualize it carrying any toxins with it, until you have the sense that they’ve all been removed. You might see the toxins as little black specks. Once you’re ready, take a few deep, clearing breaths and finish meditating or move onto another exercise.

Simple Meditation

Simple Meditation: A Spiritual Connection for Transforming Your Life

by Curt Remington


Simple Meditation- front cover
Simple Meditation- front cover

 Have you ever felt as if there should be more to life? A deeper meaning or greater purpose? Less stress? More happiness? Maybe more of a spiritual connection?

I’ll bet you’ve even had moments when you experienced this spiritual connection, times when you were fully involved in what you were doing, blissfully happy and thinking of nothing else. Maybe you were sitting on a beach listening to waves roll into shore. Or you may have been in the mountains, gazing in awe at a spectacular view. Maybe you were looking into a crib, watching your baby sleep.

Wherever you were, it was a moment when your thoughts got out of the way, so you could experience that deeper, inner part of you, the spiritual part that is naturally calmer, wiser, and happier, the part that understands all things are connected.

In the pages of this book, you’ll find the information and tools you need to experience more of that spiritual part of you, the part that can let thoughts go and be fully in the present.

Tuning into the details of nature is a wonderful way to let go of other thoughts and to start meditating. You could sit calmly in the woods, listening to the birds sing or the wind blow through the trees. Spending this time in nature puts you in a healthy environment, connected to the energy of a beautiful place.

Such escapes to nature kept me sane during the 1990s, while I worked seventy-hour weeks running a real estate appraisal business. Eventually, I started to learn and develop meditation techniques that went even further than connecting with nature, and I could do them without leaving the comfort of home.

Although we spend our days rooted in the physical world that we can see, we are part of a vast field of quantum energy that we can’t see. The chapter on spiritual connections provides insight into those unseen, heavenly aspects of our universe that affect our lives every day. By understanding and working with the spiritual realm, we can improve the quality of our lives on earth.

Many of the exercises in the following chapters use the power of visualization to tap into this unseen energy, using it to access information or to release blocks to your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. One of the easiest ways to release these blocks is through an exercise that runs more energy through your system, keeping it clean like a mountain stream.Relationships are a key factor in the quality of our lives. Meditation can help you let go of anger, resentment, and fear, blocks to great relationships. Not only will this improve your relationships, but improving those relationships will make it much easier to meditate.

Chapter 9, on walkabouts and vision quests, suggests a trip into nature to tie this all together. Your trip doesn’t have to be a rugged wilderness outing. It could simply be a weekend dedicated to following some simple steps to connect with nature, meditate, review your life, and use the tools you’ll learn in this book to examine your life’s purpose. It can be a powerful and life-changing experience.

Throughout this book, I will also share some of my own experiences in my quest to find my purpose in life. I have not always been an avid meditator, at least not officially. Much of what held me back was a set of preconceived notions about meditation―what it is and what it isn’t. If I’d understood the vast variety of techniques, the benefits, and the bliss of meditating, I would have started much sooner.

The exercises in this book are so simple and effective that you will start seeing results quickly, even if you’ve avoided formal meditation until now. Don’t wait any longer. As you read this book, take the time to try the meditation exercises that you’ll find throughout the chapters.

Welcome to an important next step on your spiritual journey.

Simple Meditation- back cover
Simple Meditation- back cover

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

 1 – The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How 15

Very Simple Meditation Exercise 16

 2 – Connecting with Nature 25

Tune into Nature Meditation 33

Nature Photo Visualization Meditation 34

 3 – Spiritual Connections 41

Relaxation Exercise 50

•     Past Life Meditation 51

 4 – We’re Connected to One Another Too 67

Connected to Others Meditation 75

Cooling-Down Visualization Meditation 81

Releasing Perfect Pictures 85

Improving Relationships Meditation  89

 5 – Grounding and Neutrality 91

Grounding Meditation 97

Grounding Your Environment 98

Staying Neutral Exercise 100

  6 – Running Your Energies 105

Exercise for Running Your Energies 107

Reading and Releasing Energies 109

Powerful Being of Light Visualization 111

 7 – Energy Healing 115

Performing the Healing 117

Simplified Healing 118

Healing Visualizations 120

 8 – Getting Answers 127

Connecting with Your Higher Self 129

Contacting Spirit Guides 131

Reading & Releasing Energy with a Rose 134

 9 – Walkabout or Vision Quest 141

Inspirational Venturing Out Exercise 145

Finding Your Path Meditation 151

10 – Transform Your Life 165

        Transform Your Life Meditation 169

Bibliography 175

Index 179

About the Author 185

Praise for Simple Meditation

“Curt Remington has written an inspiring book that goes far beyond the joyous benefits of meditation alone. Simple Meditation: A Spiritual Connection for Transforming Your Life will assist you in experiencing the direct divine connection that is your birthright—right here, right now—within your everyday reality. The insights offered in this beautiful and transformative book will propel you onward and upward on your path!” ~Annie Burnside, author of Soul to Soul Parenting


“Curt, your nature photography is absolutely stunning and your meditations simply wonderful. How lovely that you have combined all of this beauty with your personal journey and translated it into book form to help others. You are a gift to the world. I cannot wait for your new book to come out. Wishing you and your readers so much love, peace, joy, beauty and Spirit all around. Namaste.” ~Lori Boatman, author of  Reannce and the Fifth Dimension


“Brilliant insights about blending the spiritual practices of life with heart, nature and the sciences. Provides matter of fact, simple steps to improve you health and happiness. Awesome!” ~Joy Gilfelen, president of Uniting Creatives and producer of Flipping the Joy Switch dvd


“You are an excellent writer, the best I’ve had all year. It was a great pleasure to work on your manuscript.” ~Arlene Prunkl, PenUltimate Editorial Services

“Through meditation, you can learn to think more clearly, work more efficiently and let go of stress. Whatever form your practice takes, let it be a part of your daily life. It is time well spent and the rewards are limitless.” ~Dawn Groves, author of Meditation for Busy People


“As Curt describes in this book, a vision quest trip can be a life-changing experience.” ~Darcy Ottey, executive director of  Rite of Passage Journeys

Simple Meditation is now available through your local bookstore or online at a variety of sources, including Meditation Resources,  and Amazon. It is also available as a Kindle eBook for Kindle, iPad, Blackberry or your computer.