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Practice Turning People Into Trees


When you go out into the woods and you look at the 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’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 love this quote that I found today and so I had to share it with you.  I think it’s such an easy way for us to all get along, isn’t it?  In this world, connection and harmony are most important, as is appreciation of all people.  It’s inherent in us to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, so why not enjoy the beauty of each other?  Instead of condemnation or criticism, let’s employ Ram Dass’ practice of looking at people as trees and appreciating them.  Isn’t it time we spread more light and love in this world?  I can see your heartlights sparkling dear friends!

Shine On!


The True Meaning of Life…

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson

Planting seeds in nature for generations ahead to enjoy is a gift to the future which is priceless…as is sowing seeds of connections, of friendships and of caring.  It is The Presents of Presence (my FB page ~ please LIKE if you want to participate) the gifts that being HERE in the NOW gives us all!

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and we were talking about how we are enjoying our ages now because we’re reconnecting with people with whom we haven’t seen in years and finding that age and experiences many times brings out the best in others.  We are more open, we are less concerned with how people perceive us and we have lived through experiences which have changed our lives ~ many times for the better!

Funny that both of us have had breast cancer and we now ‘see’ life differently ~ thanks EAngel ~ but it’s not just cancer that unites us nowadays.  It’s that most of us are on this journey of endurance and we’ve endured, we’ve learned and we’ve survived…I don’t believe we escape this lifetime without some type of disappointment and it’s what we do in the face of those difficulties which counts, which endures like the trees that we are planting for future generations.  It’s the perseverance and the courage which ignites others to believe, to continue to fight and to succeed!

So as you go about your day today…take a moment to thank yourself for all that you’ve endured already and look forward to a bright shiny day ahead!

Happy Friday to you!


P.S.  My gratitude to Nelson’s grandson Jason Henderson who kindly told me that it was his own grandfather who said this quote many years ago.  I did not know to whom to accredit this quote, but I am happily updating my post!  My prayers go out to the Henderson family, Jason, his Dad and his grandfather Nelson.  I will keep your family in my prayers.


Spring. Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;

To-day the glint of green is there; Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;

I know no thing so wondrous fair, No miracle so strangely rare.

I wonder what will next be there! L.H. Bailey

The sunlight is dappled across my green lawn as I look outside this morning ~ and I see the tiny buds on the bushes, trees and flowers and I am in awe.  Spring has Sprung!  And it’s Passover and Easter…rebirth, renewal and family all rolled into one!

I love all of the seasons, but Spring has a special place in my heart.  I love the idea that a small seed can grow with love, sunshine and water into a beautiful flower, a sturdy tree and even a beautiful, powerful, loving, caring human who simply by ‘being’ makes this world a better place to live!

A seed can blossom into an idea which changes the world…one thought can SPRING into action which changes your life!   Look around today in awe at the beautiful Spring emerging in your world.  Check the skies, check the earth, check yourself…be excited…Spring is here my friends!

May you have a Spring in your step today!

Happy Friday!