Yesterday I wrote a blog post (have you read it yet? do that first) about doing this very practice several years ago. So, I’m doing it today.

When you go out into the woods and look at trees, you see all these different trees. Some of them are bent and you understand that it didn’t get enough light, and it turned that way. You don’t get emotional about it. You allow it. The minute you get near humans you lose all that…that judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.

Ram Dass

Here’s the cross-section I did of this pandemic, for me. I did color coded rings. Some colors look very similar, not intentionally, but it works. Throughout this time I have really enjoyed sleeping in, not running around, and there has always been a thread of anxiety, and then specifically overwhelming moments, like when my website got hacked. The yoga and felt community has been a consistent presence through out. And disappointment and grief cuts through all the rings like a scratch on a record. And our new puppy Lufa who came in June.

Now you go. How does it make sense for you to draw your tree? Do you feel like doing your whole life story or a particular time in life? You Do YOU. It matters to no one, but you – so listen and value what you think and feel. And maybe tell me about it if you feel like it. Send me a picture. Write a poem about it instead. Whatever it is — just do that!

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