Why Cypress tree and roots to define a consulting company?
Cypress trees grow in unlikely places with their roots in muck.
What is muck you ask? Literally muck is mud, lack of nutrients, clay, and generally bad soil. Culturally muck includes cultural labels, dogmas, environmental raping of the earth that we as humans have created and is currently unknown if we can reverse, stereotypes, lack of equal rights or opportunity, and bias. For me personally, the muck includes generations of family grief and un-metabolized pain, hurt, struggles and dis-ease, not understanding my identity, not feeling I belong, and never believing I am enough. In business I have observed the muck as ambiguity in roles, unknowns for goals, “do more” with no direction, broken cultures, lack of support, lack of leadership, loss of self, and no boundaries for personal time.
While this list feels initially heavy, the muck is NOT bad!! It is not in spite of, but because of the muck that is at the deep root pushing each of us to grow. Growth through muck created who we are now and who we are to become. It is the sum of all your days and who you are is ever changing with the seasons.
The idea that the Cypress Tree is composting what is a-mess, that which has a lack of nutrients, and is still able to create something of beauty is the foundation of this company.
The cypress tree is a symbol of all that is wild and holy in this world. It is weeping for what has created it and singing as it shines in the moonlight. The tree contains all the natural elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Space- heavy, light, sharp, dull, cold, hot, oily, dry, smooth, rough, liquid, solid, soft, hard, static, mobile, subtle, gross, cloudy and clear. The descriptions from the oldest science on earth can describe everything. These elements are also the parts of business. They can help identify what is or isn’t working and what can help change the trajectory of your business.
Inside the roots is a foundation- the earth provides a sense of contentment and sometimes the only support in a world of chaos. If you have enough depth to what you are doing, you have roots. Perhaps even doing the work for something beyond yourself. The root of when we are true to the core of who we are as humans, instead of the learned unconscious expressions of our personal biography, it frees a spirit within us. We are the sum of all our days, every person we have interacted with, everything we have seen. We cannot be here without the whole history of the Universe.
Many businesses operate and do a task well. But they don’t always know why. Having a root is knowing your why. Doing something for beyond the profit, for the community, for the industry, for those who come after you. This is the foundation of your business. This why is the motivation for your staff and the guiding beacon that is there to gut check your decisions when you are unsure what is next.
The transition from ground to the base of the tree represents the four corners of the earth, the four corners of the feet, the four corners of the pelvic floor, four streams that come out of the mountain in directions of the compass rose. A place of opposites, a place where things are both true and not true at the same time. How do you know which direction to go?
The tree is lit by moonlight. A light in the dark. The moon refreshes what the sun has burned away. The moon offers healing and recalibration. Not allowing the ghosts of our ancestors to scare us, but recognizing that they themselves are simply hurting. Healing does not mean fixed. Freedom in this place is not attached to the outcome. Allowance, awareness and rest. Hitting the reset button.
In business it is easy to have too much to do and too little time to do it. Be burnt out by our to do lists. And not ever take the time to hit the reset button. To have a direction and a light leading your way, can help you understand what to do next, what can wait and what doesn’t fit. It can help to feel supported. To show up at our best with tools to help lead the way.
With each season, a tree grows new branches. Some branches fall away, some continue to grow through the entire life of the tree. Branches sway in the wind, leaves rustling, providing a canopy of shade for the ground below, feeding the tree by drinking the sunlight, and withstanding weather through nimble design. The branches both provide nourishment to the tree and are the product of growth. They grow up, they grow out, they produce flowers, they produce seeds, and when they drop their leaves with the turn of fall, they teach up to let go of what is not serving us.
What branches is your business growing? Currently Cypress Roots is growing branches in Climbing Gym Consulting, Herbalism, testing a branch learning about a National Coaching Project, and providing support for events. These branches will grow and evolve over time.
Originally from Tennessee and now based out of Salt Lake City, I earned my degree in Outdoor Recreation with an emphasis in Tourism and have previously worked as the Program Director for Momentum Indoor Climbing. Additionally I have been an educator, facilitator and guide in the Southeast and across the West. Many other outdoor companies influenced my journey including Backcountry.com, Rock Creek Outfitters, Black Diamond, The North Face and heaps of guiding and summer camps along the way. I have years of YTT in yoga/embodiment and am back in school for Herbalism.
The journey of learning continues, and each day is a gift.