Taller than the Trees

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Henry David Thoreau

 So having walked in the woods, we realize we are nurtured, but what does Thoreau mean by this? How can we be taller than the trees, and what does that mean? I believe there is a twofold answer. First, the person that has received from nature, by being in it, is strengthened. He/she has a clear mind, and peace is dwelling inside. These important elements bring strength to a person. We can walk taller, because we have the confidence we need. There is no need to be afraid, we are able to let go of anger, or any hindrance, to our internal life.

Secondly, the person that has been in the woods, can see the big picture now. The problems that did seem big, are not nearly as big as they thought. Ever hear the expression “You can’t see the forest because of the trees”? In nature this is reversed. We can see the forest now, because our spirit has grown, and we can see more clearly. We are above the trees. We can have a long distance vision.

Using the illustration again of a mother, do you remember your Mama helping you when you were little and you were injured? Maybe you were stung by a bee, or fell off your bike. What did she do? She held you, spoke gently to you, cleaned your wounds, and eased your pain. Nature can do that. We wipe our tears,  we keep walking the path, and we realize we are made stronger and more confident than ever. Peace.



This is day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me Kavita at KVision and Elisabet at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you!

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

22 thoughts on “Taller than the Trees

  1. Nature is really everyone’s Mother. She is really responsible for Birth, Living and Death. She brings us up, punishes when we are doing wrong,; Awards when we do the right; consoles and heals U when U are hurt. Nothing in the Universe can grow taller than Mother Nature… My boquet to the writer for the deep insifght!!

  2. I believe this quote is saying that having been a part of nature he is enlightened and is even taller than the trees. A beautiful quote and lovely post. Thank you Nico.

  3. Absolutely beautiful-I love your posts and the spiritual aspect of them. Taller than the trees is so deep and inspirational please keep these posts coming their amazing best wishes Julie

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