There are times when trees and plants – also “beings” with whom we share the planet – need a little human help. Do your part.
When a vicious typhoon struck Taiwan, the abbot of a Buddhist monastery surveyed the damage he saw that a Bodhi tree had been split in two by the fierce storm. Rather than further destroy the tree and turn it into firewood, the monk cared for it with all my heart.” He lifted it, tied it together with ropes, and provided it support using sturdy bamboo props. “Now it has flourished into a tall, shady tree,” he says.
On another occasion, another tree on the grounds collapsed onto it’s side, the result of heavy rains dislodging it’s roots. “It was no more than a rootless trunk and branches strewn across the ground,” he recalls. Lifting it carefully, the monk planted it back into the soil and then watered it whenever the ground was dry. “As if by miracle, it not only took root and sprouted but has also matured into its present luxuriant form,” he says proudly.
It’s important to bring mindfulness not only into our personal lives but into the life around us as well.