Thursday, June 21, 2012

Advice from a Tree


 I continue to be awed by the lessons we can take from the simple yet spectacular rhythm that nature abides by and shares with us. About a year ago, a beautiful poem was introduced to me by my friend Mary Lou (a fellow volunteer at the National Arboretum.) At this time of year, with so many goings and comings, beginnings and endings, this poem rings true.
 
Advice from  a Tree

 Metasequoia glyptostroboide  (Dawn Redwoods) 


Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your true Nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
  Seek nourishment from the good things in life 
Simple pleasures  
Earth, fresh air, light
       Be content with your natural beauty
       Drink plenty of water
          Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
            Be flexible 
Remember your roots
         Enjoy the view!

          -Ilan Shamir
 


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