Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Turn People into Trees - Wisdom of the Forest

Conjoined Trees, mid-summer in High Park












Tangled Vines, a misty morning in Cedarvale Ravine












Being in nature and reflecting on nature is a great way to gain wisdom and insight into many of life's challenges. Throughout history, individuals have turned to the forest for answers. American spiritual teacher Ram Dass turns to the woods to shed insight on becoming less judgemental of others. Simply put, just turn people into trees; you will be able to accept and appreciate them much more easily.  Here is an excerpt from his writing...

"...  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 appreciate 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’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are."