This summer, we went on a short trip to catch up with some friends in Cornwall. I love it down there – I studied in Falmouth and lived in Penzance for a few years. We had family connections down there, so I like to think I’m part pixie…
There is an amazing wood near Penzance where I spent some time on my last visit, drinking in that lovely feeling of being in the dappled shade amongst so many different types of trees.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how I look at trees. Lucky enough to have some time in a hammock under a pear tree, I’d look at the branches and find their twisting so beautiful… and look at my arms and worry if they were toned enough! It was interesting how I couldn’t look at my own body in the same way I looked at the tree.
Then I found this perfect quote from Ram Dass (you can read it in full here) capturing exactly what I’d been thinking. Why do we bring in judgement when we look at ourselves and other people that just isn’t there when we see a tree? I never think a tree is too fat, too old, too gnarly….
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