Today, Practice Turning People Into Trees
“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.”
— Ram Dass
This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning.
Maybe it’ll help you, too.
And if you want to take it further, do an experiment and apply this view to your life.
What happens when you look at people like trees?
When you accept and see people without wanting to change what you see.
What happens to how you interact with them?
How do you feel?
How do they feel?
Please share any experiences you want to in the comments.
I’d love to read about the trees in your life.