Bowen is a place of healing and well-being. A place where we care and are cared for. It seemed right that we chose the cone of the western red cedar, a symbol of healing and strength, for the health centre logo. Native to Bowen, the Salish called the cedar “Long Life Giver.” It has been used for medicinal purposes as well as for building shelters. The small cones of the cedar are the seeds from which mighty trees (and community endeavours) grow.
Prayer of the Woods
I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from summer sun, and the dancing bows that capture your imagination.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, and the roof that shelters you from rain.
I am the handle of your shovel, the bark of your basket, and the hull of your canoe.
I am the medicine that heals you, the incense that carries your prayers and tea that is used to cleanse your home.
I am the wood of your cradle and the shell of your coffin.
I am the breath of kindness and the flower of beauty.
Ye who pass by me, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.
Adapted by Elise Krohn from “Prayer of the Woods,” a Portuguese forest preservation prayer that has been used for more than 1,000 years. Author unknown.
We would like to thank Rethink Communications for volunteering their time and creativity to design the logo.