A pal of mine not too long ago informed me a narrative concerning the non secular instructor Ram Dass. It was such a fond reminiscence and such an influence on me that I needed to retell it and share it with all of you.
“When you go into the forest and have a look at timber, you see all these totally different timber. And a few of them are bent, and a few of them are straight, and a few of them are evergreen, and a few of them are no matter. And you have a look at the tree and permit it. You recognize it.
You see why it’s the manner it’s. You type of perceive that it didn't get sufficient gentle and so it spun. And you don't get all emotional. You simply enable it. You recognize the tree.
As quickly as you get near folks, you lose all of that. And you retain saying, "That is you too, or That’s me too." That judgmental thoughts is available in.
And so I observe turning folks into timber. Which means to understand them for who they’re. "
I really like that analogy. It invitations us all to recollect and recognize one another, be sort to 1 one other and overlook our judgments, opinions, and preconceptions.
What an exquisite non secular observe it might be if this subsequent week all of us practiced turning folks into timber – and subsequently giving them what all of us need most – love and acceptance as we’re.
Let us observe as greatest we will this week and word these phrases so eloquently spoken by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “What is love? Love is lack of judgment. "