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
I read this quote today and loved it so much I added it to a photograph for easy sharing.
So often we judge ourselves, each other, celebrities, people on the internet, friends, families, lovers, people we don’t even know, people we haven’t even ever seen in person….
Even just little judgements- on our own figure, on our friend’s nose, on our family member’s way of talking, on some celebrity’s kiss…. whether the judgement be “good” or “bad”…. they’re unnecessary and unhelpful to us as people, as humans, as spiritual beings.
Just let them be. Allow them to be.
Sometimes I just need a reminder of that, and assuming I’m not the only one in this boat, I wanted to share the love with all of you.
Thank you for being.
The quote is from Ram Dass, an American contemporary spiritual teacher.
The photograph was taken by me in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland. Click here to read the first post about Glendalough (and know there are more to come eventually).
- Practice turning people into trees- which means appreciating them just the way they are.