When we struggle, as we all will do at some time, it can be valuable to have visible reminders. It’s why some people have a special piece of jewelry or a tattoo. Other people put up photographs or pictures or create vision boards. But a simple reminder can be the trees that we see all around us. There’s so much wisdom there, and we can use the symbol of the tree to remind us to be strong and to stay rooted as we grow through our lives.
Here are 6 quotes and poems on the wisdom of trees:
“Be like a tree.
Connect with your roots.
Turn over a new leaf.
Bend before you break.
Enjoy your unique natural beauty.
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
“One day when you wake up, you will find that you have become a forest. You have grown roots and found strength in them that no one thought you had. You have become stronger and more beautiful, full of life giving qualities. You have learned to take all the negativity around you and turn it into oxygen for easy breathing. A host of wild creatures live inside you and you call them stories. A variety of beautiful birds rest inside your mind and you call them memories. You have become an incredible self sustaining thing of epic proportions. And you should be so proud of yourself, of how far you have come from the seeds of who you used to be.”
– Nikita Gill, You Have Become a Forest
“Sadness gives depth.
Happiness give height.
Sadness gives roots.
Happiness gives branches.
Happiness is like a tree
going into the sky,
and sadness is liek th roots
going down into the
womb of the earth.
Both are needed,
and the higher a tree goes,
the deeper, it goes, simultaneously.
The bigger the tree,
the bigger will be its roots.
In fact, it is always in proportion.
That’s its balance.”
“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, On Self-Judgment