“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” – Ram Dass.
I went for a walk to the local lake today, and I found a fallen tree bathed in sunlight to sit on. I started thinking about how I trust in the tree to support my weight because the tree knows its own strength. It lead me to the thought that we should all be like trees and I then remembered the above quote by Ram Dass.
It’s nice to sit in nature because nature just is. We allow it to be and that’s how we come to appreciate its beauty.
I chose to sit on a fallen tree, and although it appeared dead, that didn’t mean there was no life in it. It just means it’s growing in a new direction. There is moss growing on its trunk and the roots are tethering themselves in new grass. I started thinking about how we can apply this to our own lives. We may appear to have fallen to the ground and stopped growing, but that’s simply not true. We’re discovering new directions, viewing life from another perspective. We’re planting our roots in new grass. We’re allowing life to happen.
We have to be like a tree and trust in our own strength when we fall.
We have to be like a tree and allow ourselves to be who we are without judgment.
We have to be like a tree and remember there is always life, there is always growth and there are always people who appreciate you.
If you find yourself in a constant battle of judgment with yourself, remember this question: I already am. What more do I need to be?
If you find yourself in a constant battle of judgment toward others, do what Ram Dass does and turn people into trees!