Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]

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As we’re winding down the season of long summer days and about to enter the season of transition, I’m thinking about trees and the transformation they’re preparing to undergo—the stripping, the letting go—and how simultaneously beautiful and haunting that is. And that got me thinking about the life lessons we can learn from trees.

Lesson 1: Be Rooted. Most demons we fight as adults were planted during childhood, the formative years. Be aware of root causes. You can’t change what you don’t know or assess and won’t own. When the dysfunction is known and addressed/being addressed, be grounded in the transformed/transforming you. Roots that are strong enough will help you withstand what life throws at ya.

Lesson 2: Be vulnerable. In climes where seasons change, trees shed their leaves, they leave themselves bare. In the right circumstances and with the right people, let everything that would hinder your transformation fall away. Life seasons will inevitably change and you’ll bloom again, without pretending. When you know you, when you’re rooted in who you are, you can face the world with nothing to hide behind. Know your truth. Speak your truth. Live in your truth.

The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.


Lesson 3: Be Pliable. If you can’t or won’t bend, you can and will break. Rigidity leads to breakage while flexibility leaves room for movement.

Have you ever watched a tree dancing in placid-like wind, or flailing about in a storm? Sure, winds sometimes lead to breakage, but more often than not trees that are well rooted and can move in the direction of the wind, bounce back. Be pliable when life’s storm winds blow. You’ve got bouncebackability. Be open to breaking-through.

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse, German novelist & poet

Lesson 4: Be photosynthetic. It’s a process of absorbing and releasing. What you take in—either negative or positive—you must also release. The Dead Sea is “dead” because it receives but it doesn’t release, it has no outlet.

Where you are now, is not where you will be. Becoming the best you is transformational and that’s a process of letting go and letting God. God is a good outlet. In fact, I’d say the best. Trust the process, trust God and let your authentic self become uncovered.

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.

Kahlil Gibran

Lesson 5: Be poetic. You may not know this, but poetry was created in you. God says we are His “workmanship”, created and ordained for good works. The word “workmanship” is a translation from the Greek word “poiēma” from which the English word “poem” is derived. So, who are you not to be poetic when God created you so to be!?

Shabbat Shalom. May you find the courage to be like a tree—a poem in full authenticity—written across your sky!

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31 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]

  1. I was just led to this lovely, wise post from one of your more recent blog posts. I am a huge fan of trees, and I love the lessons you share — inspired by trees. I am going to re-read this post many times. I found a LOT of useful ideas, which my body/mind/spirit immediately related to an intense experience I am currently in the middle of (which will come to fruition in a month’s time and about which I will probably write some sort of blog post…) Thank you for writing and sharing THIS post.

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  5. Viv H

    The tree is a beautiful comparison to our lives. If we sway with the winds of life and even break with God in our lives we can bounce back with the flexibility that He has allowed us, but only if we have that connection. Fantastic analogy Dee! I ❤️It!

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  6. Many of my non-Wordpress friends have a hard time navigating to get to connect and drop their comments In WhatsApp like this one: “We can really learn a lot from nature if we have a Spirit of discernment.” I do agree — nature requires listening with the heart (the essence of who we are deep inside as connected to the spiritual)


    1. Hey there Audria. Glad you liked it. I started writing this a few months ago and with fall almost upon us thought it was the right time to pick it up, dust it off, finish it up and publish it. Thanks for stopping by and for engaging. Big hug 🤗

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