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    Something the Think About: The Tree Teacher

a road lined with green leafy trees, like a tunnel

Assume the consciousness of a tree to attain the ultimate wisdom.

Dear friend,

I want to be like a tree. I want to grow toward the light and give shelter to the birds, shade to the tired, medicine to the sick, fuel to the needy, air to the living, and fruit to the hungry.

I want to produce flowers that spread fragrance farther from my physical form. I want to bend with humility when I am lush with fruits. When someone throws a rock at me, I want to have the poise and grace to send back a fruit in return. I want to anchor the soil and work with my fellow trees to pacify the storms so they unleash less anger. I want to control the noise and improve a neighborhood’s beauty.

Having lived a full life, when I pass away, I wish my physical body to still serve others. I wish to continue to hear until eternity babies being born, children laughing and running, and men and women talking words of wisdom and kindness.

I want every part of me to be useful. If I could be like a tree even for a single day, I would consider myself blessed.

May you be surrounded by trees; may the trees around you inspire you.

Take care.


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Dr. Sood is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program on Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus in Minnesota. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic.