For as long as I can remember, I loved trees.
As a child, I used to climb them and spend hours sitting in their branches.
As an adult, I don’t climb them anymore but I hug them and lean on them and chill under them in the summer months.
With time, I realized that I learned many life lessons from the trees.
As I spend time with them, silently they “whisper” words of wisdom to me.
No, they don’t actually speak any words to me but there is definitely an exchange of energy and that carries important messages.
The trees are old and wise and they have so much to teach us if we open our minds and listen.
Life Lessons From The Trees
“All our wisdom is stored in the trees.” ― Santosh Kalwar
There are many lessons we can learn from the wise trees of our planet.
Below are the main lessons that I have learned from the trees:
Lesson #1 Patience and Peace
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” ~ Peace Pilgrim
Trees teach us how to have patience and be at peace. No matter the current circumstance or situation, they let it happen. As a result, through their patience, they are at peace, always.
Trees teach us the value of taking time.
Trees teach us how important it is to pace ourselves
Lesson #2 Acceptance
“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”― Paulo Coelho
The trees never react in the moment. They fully accept what is happening. And if they do react as a result to some obstacle, they always take time. They do it calmly and with patience.
So why do we rush to resolve any obstacles that we perceive in our lives. We want our problems resolved right here and right now.
Maybe the problems are there for a reason and only slow approach will show us where we need to be going.
Lesson #3 The Importance of Quiet Time
Trees go through cycles. There is a time when they are extremely busy as they grow during the spring and summer months and there is also time when they become dormant in the winter months.
The lesson that we are learning here is that to be fully alive we need both, busy and active time in our lives but we also need to spend time in quiet rest.
Lesson #4 Let Go of Things
Trees have no issues with letting go. They let go of the leaves in the fall not questioning or grieving over them. This is an important lesson. Trees seem to understand that everything is energy and energy never dies. It changes forms and states of being but it does not die.
Can you imagine the amount of suffering and grieve that would be released from our lives if we truly learned that lesson from the trees?
Lesson#5 Be Content With Who You Are
“Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.” ― Herman Hesse
The trees are content with who they are. They do not judge their appearance or compare themselves to other trees to check who is doing a better job at being a tree. They are happy with what they.
Trees teach us how to remain standing tall and being graceful regarding of the situation around us.
How much effort would be eliminated from our lives if we truly learned this life lesson from the frees?
We spend most of our lives trying to somehow improve ourselves because we deem ourselves not good enough.
What would our lives look like, if we started being content with who we are?
Those are the grates 5 life lessons that I learned from the tress.
But that’s not everything.
We are a physical body and a spirit.
We can learn multiple spiritual lessons from the trees as well.
Spiritual Lessons From The Trees
“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” ― John Muir
Our spirit can also learn very important lessons from the trees:
Spiritual Lesson #1 Turn Towards the Light.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” –Aristotle
Unlike us, trees always seek light. The lesson we can learn from the trees is that no matter how dark it gets in our lives, always turn your attention towards the light and focus there.
Spiritual Lesson #2 Bear the Fruits
“You are the soul of the soul of the Universe, and your name is Love.” ― Rumi
Trees bear fruits. We can learn from the trees a spiritual lesson about the fruits of the spirit :love, joy, peace, gentleness, compassion, faith. The fruits that the trees bear are always abundant. The tree produces way too many fruits that is required for continuation of the species.
What would happen if we learn the lesson from the trees and star bearing the fruits of the spirit in abundant quantities? We would live our life spreading love, joy, peace, gentleness, compassion and faith all around.
How would the world look like then?
Lesson #3 Deep Roots in Faith
Trees are deeply rooted. Our value system is our roots. What we believe sustain and guide us when we are facing life decisions. If our value system is strong and stable, it will guide and steer us in the right direction in life.
But often our value system is influenced by society. We should take time to examine it periodically and make the necessary adjustments. If we have limiting or negative values or beliefs about ourselves, it would serve us good to work on changing them.
Lesson # 4 No Resistance – Allowance
“Only if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness” – Eckhart Tolle
Trees do not resist. This is another valuable spiritual lesson that the trees can teach us.
What would happen if we tried that approach?
I kept asking myself that question.
And then one day I decided to try it out.
Of course, this is easier said than done as we are conditioned to react to everything and everyone.
It took a while, to first catch myself in a habitual reaction and eventually being able to control it and not react.
What I found out through that exercise was that first I needed to have an unshaken belief in life and universe and take the attitude that the universe is always working in my favor regardless of how it may seem at the moment.
If you do not have this fundamental believe, you will not be able to live your life without reacting.
You will assume that life is out to get you and you will try to control it by reacting to everything and everyone.
During those times when I’m able to live in harmony with life like the trees do, and not react, I experience blissful peace and tranquility.
Lesson #5 Allows Life to Flow Freely
“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness” – Eckhart Tolle
The trees allow life to flow through them. Unlike humans, they do not think they know better how to be a tree and try to control their universe. They trust that the universe knows better than them what its doing and they just are.
Imagine, we humans would learn that lesson. We think we know better how our live should look like and we try to control the universe around us. In truth, we can even control ourselves but somehow, in our delusion, we think we know better how the universe, the world, and our individual life should be (article)
Lesson # 6 It Doesn’t Cost to Give
We believe that there is an inverse relationship in giving and receiving. Trees teach us a very important lesson that sometimes giving does not cost us anything. When trees provide shelter and comfort to people and animals, they do not lose anything in return.
This important lesson can teach us that sometimes giving is receiving.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”― John Muir
I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you don’t already love trees, I urge you to spend some time with them and allow them to give you comfort and solace. Let them teach you how beautiful life can be.
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