It was a lucky sunny day of June 2016 at Kew Gardens – London, we were very much enjoying our tour of this unique botanical garden guided by Dr. Viv Anthony, a renowned botanist and aromatherapist who practices in Switzerland. She had dozens of essential oils flasks for us to discover at the same time with seeing the plants before our eyes, what an experience for the senses!
As we walked through the astonishing rose garden, a tall tree caught my attention there in the background of all this pinkish, whitish, reddish, yellowish beauties. I asked her who was this dark green impressive presence, she asked me to be patient as we will go and visit them: the Pinaceae family.
There were many family members, the Larix, the Tsuga, the Abies, all grandiose in their own species, yet I was drawn to one particular tree, as it appears to me in a majestic aura. I couldn't but bow before him in acknowledgment of its noble and imposing spirit, which I needed so much at that time. And I hugged him, smelling his bark like a mammal; deep in my limbic system this fragrance recalled the sentiment of security thus freedom innate to all existence. This I can call an organoleptic encounter! All my senses were captivated in awareness. This evergreen being transpires both fresh endurance and vigorous resilience.