Turn 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 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

35 thoughts on “Turn People Into Trees

  1. Soil and light affect the growth, size, health and shape, – the happiness of the tree- while an oak remains indisputably an oak, and an ash, an ash and a birch, a birch, and there is no mistaking one for the other. Same with people. They are who they are.

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  2. Such poignant words. As some song lyrics I wrote a few years ago say, “So much anger and pain living in this world today/too much time holding a candle to its flame.”
    If we can figure out a way to feel those emotions when they strike us, and then let them go, we will have more energy for the things that really matter. Things like hope, and love.

    Thank you for sharing.

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