The tree

The tree spreads its roots. The tree opens its branches to the sky and offers them for little birds to nest. It flowers with full splendor, and gives fruits and shade. The tree also brings rain.

The tree is potential displayed unabashed.

The tree is divine for its very existence, humble for its splendor, and generous for its nature.

The tree is not alone. All elements of nature display their beauty and give without limits. The moon shines and the sun warms. The night sky and the clouds are there for all to admire. Immense galaxies churn across the limitless universe. No tinkering is needed.

Mankind may have been thus once. Today, he is a being perpetually busy, disconnected from the cycle of day and night and seasons. Mankind is increasingly immersed in unhealthy dynamics of needing objects that add nothing to his being nor give to others. But for a few exceptions, he rarely looks up at the sky nor takes the time to remain in harmony with nature. A stunning sunset has become an exception; and to see beauty, he has to stand in line at a museum. Charity and compassion have become emotions displayed in full view, rather than natural and discreet inclines of his very existence. Anything that cannot be rationalized or objectified is rejected, even love, even grace.

The tree still stands effortlessly giving beauty without a spec of pride, but rather with infinite and divine humility. Mankind could learn a thing or two from the tree.

Kenza.

Inspirations: incomprehension of this busy and noisy world; love of trees; and the divine, the Tao. 

7 thoughts on “The tree”

  1. I think we can get a lot looking at nature, breathing in the power of it.
    I like the comparison you made – I’ll make sure to look at trees and listen to the secrets they wish to reveal to me.

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  2. Beautifully expressed and full of insight, Kenza. No doubt this tree is wiser than our destructive intentions and evil doings on earth that affect all relationships among the different beings (plants, animals, humans…) I like that you raise up the issue of love. These lines are very powerful:

    “A stunning sunset has become an exception; and to see beauty, he has to stand in line at a museum. Charity and compassion have become emotions displayed in full view, rather than natural and discreet inclines of his very existence. Anything that cannot be rationalized or objectified is rejected, even love, even grace.”

    As for love with its broadest meaning, what would we do without it? Apart from this, there is romantic love, where often a person feels attracted by a much younger person. What is the chance for this person to find true love with such a huge age difference? I recommend you this post by a friend of mine who, like you, is a very good writer: https://savioni.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/pickles-and-tarts-chapter-6/

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  3. So beautiful and inspiring – as is all you write. i am so enjoying reading these posts – feels like we are sitting across from each other drinking tea, one warm afternoon, beside a spring, underneath a shady tree with large leaves and flowers falling down. Thank you!

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