I met this tree decades ago on one of my favorite hikes. She caught my eye with her beauty, strength, and her presence. I paused and breathed her in, her life-giving essence, her mana. Any worries or concerns I may have had vanished. Moments seemed like hours, as if time stood still. I was held captive. With limbs stretched outward, she welcomed and greeted me. With roots embedded deep and wide into Mother Earth, she grounded me. She reminded me that the strength I saw in her was my strength, her beauty was my beauty, her presence was my presence. I think about her often and she visits me in my dreams. Spirit Tree restores me and I am once again whole.