“An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Who has met one
as fearless as a madrone tree?
Perhaps in this lifetime
one of us
will be so resilient
as to twist up
towards the sun,
bending around competing trees
which may block their view.
And to be capable
of shedding their bark
right around the summer solstice
the longest days of the year,
to get extra energy
of photosynthesis from their trunks.
Imagine having such a sense of safety
to become extra vulnerable as the outer layer of protection peels away.
As I continue on a mindful meditation retreat
this amazing tree has been a focus of my meditation.
At moments I can feel open,
almost open enough
to shed my skin.
But then hesitation
and doubt arises.
Why is it so difficult to open up?
Perhaps you are able to shed your skin
of protection, your bark, your armor
and reveal your true self to others,
even if just one other
in order to fulfil your potential
of true mutual understanding,
harmony & love.