The following thoughts can aid in your awareness of what we can learn from trees:
The importance of staying grounded (or deeply rooted) while simultaneously growing and reaching new heights to gain a higher perspective. We can view our beliefs and spirituality in much the same way. They serve as our “anchor” while we explore along our individual paths.
Overcoming obstacles – tree branches will grow in and around any obstacles in their path – always finding another way.
Always growing – if you notice tree branches, they are always reaching, growing, contorting, and expanding. We can relate that lesson to our own spiritual path to persevere in always expanding our knowledge and awareness.
Tree trunks have an outer layer for protection (which correlates to our outer “ego”) and their inner core is where the tree regenerates and finds nourishment. We can relate this with our own lives in realizing that our own spiritual nourishment and development must begin from within.
Trees incorporate the four elements of life: water (nourishing their roots and found in tree sap), earth (their roots burrowing into the earth for protection), air (where branches reach into the sky), and fire (using their wood rubbed together to create warmth). So trees are often viewed as a symbol of creation as a whole. We can learn from trees in seeing how they navigate and relate to life’s different elements.
Search for Meaning
live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson This poem is based on Homer’s Odyssey, Chapter 9, which describes a visit by Ulysses and his men to the home of the Lotos-eaters (also “lotus”) on their way home from the Trojan War. Those who ate of the honey-sweet fruit of the lotos tree became indolent and forgot their home. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in thecriticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”
“waterfalls are always high on the list of the most eye-catching scenes in nature”
People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”
==F. Matthias Alexander
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
The theme of the most literary works is “ Good will always prevail over evil”==MRH
“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Literature is like
'Roots' for me
At the end of my post-graduation, I would like to give metaphor of ROOTS to the literature. Literature is like Roots, it depends on you what you are reading and how you are thinking. Literature gives you a million characters, incidents, stories, myths, truth, lie, sense, right, wrong, views with a lot of examples so how you are reading, thinking and applying in your life, it's depend on you. You have to plant your self in a stormy situation and in a windy world to stay STRONG.
Do you know about Turmeric?
It's one type of roots, you can smear it on the wound and you can also use it in food. Sometimes when we got injured at a time root (literature) can help you to heal your wound. You can read SELF-HELP books in critical situations to come out of that situation.
The Banyan tree is the best example to stay strong and live long. It gives shadow and joy to children to play and swing on Roots. You can also expand your branches as a Banyan tree do, so you can also convert it into roots but it can be possible with deep reading and understanding of literature. When a flood comes roots always hold the land as it is literature holds us in problems.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”Anatole France
“Whatever your goal in life, unless you develop a great urgency, what could be near will be far away.”
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”Confucius