How to Be Less Harsh with Yourself (and Others): Ram Dass on the Spiritual Lessons of Trees.

.. and great lessons they are …

“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.”

“The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, โ€œYouโ€™re too this, or Iโ€™m too this.โ€ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.

via the inimitable Maria Popova