The Trees Know


I found myself listening to a “So Here’s My Story” podcast entitled, “Vibrancy In The Low Places” (episode 34). I have actually found myself in the last few months listening to all of their podcasts; I really like what they have to say and the way they say it. It’s a really good business podcast with a lot of great information, even for people who aren’t in business; but who isn’t in some sort of business?

Anyway, during the episode, this poem was referenced and I really like it:


Stand still.
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still.
The forest knows Where you are.
You must let it find you.

From the book, “The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America”, by David Whyte

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