Be like the trees standing tall and still, O mind!
Be like the branches reaching out with Love divine.
Be like the leaves swaying with happiness.
Be like the trees, O my mind!
Be here, just here, expanding the inner sphere.
O my mind,
Be still, be quiet.
Just be, just be.
The above poem poured out of me last year at a place with immense beauty. The majestic mountains of Miracle Valley in BC, Canada, surrounding a stretch of blueberry farms, trees soared high up in the sky and the sound of the wind swooshed past my ears. I was in love. I became so sensitive to the environment that I would notice the details in a bark of a tree, a spiderweb swaying on a branch and glistening with the rays of the sun, a small leaf falling from a tree like a twirling ballerina.
The trees, they were just there, happy and content. When the wind blew and the branches swayed the leaves would rustle as if conversing with the wind. I felt part of the conversation. They were my friends and I theirs. I laid on the tyre swing and looked up at them and if I hadn’t had to go to class I could lay there for hours, just listening, really listening to what they had to say. I enjoyed their company and felt like they welcomed mine too. I felt so loved I wanted to be like them, flowing with love, always.
It takes no effort to go adrift in the world. We get pushed around by our deadlines, anxieties, and screens, like a boat amidst stormy seas.
ਭਵਜਲੁ ਬਿਖਮੁ ਡਰਾਵਣੋ ਨਾ ਕੰਧੀ ਨਾ ਪਾਰੁ ॥
ਨਾ ਬੇੜੀ ਨਾ ਤੁਲਹੜਾ ਨਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਵੰਝੁ ਮਲਾਰੁ ॥
ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਭੈ ਕਾ ਬੋਹਿਥਾ ਨਦਰੀ ਪਾਰਿ ਉਤਾਰੁ ॥੪॥
The terrifying world-ocean is difficult and dreadful; there is no shore on this side or the one beyond.
There is no boat, no raft, no oars and no boatman.
The True Guru is the only boat on this terrifying ocean. His Glance of Grace carries us across. ||4||
– SSGS, Ang 59
We forget to be who we really are. Time and time again I get lost in everyday life and when I come back to my Inner-Home, it feels great and I wish I’d never leave, and still, I end up wandering again. But there is always something that brings me back, as the Calling and I feel alive again to just be who I really am.
As the whole world is going through a difficult time right now, I hope we all use this moment to go deep within and connect to our real selves. I hope we experience Love within and around. When you feel love, the world does not seem so terrifying afterall. When I was amongst the trees in that moment last year, you know what feeling was missing? Fear. It was nowhere to be found and I was content to just be.