Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Advice From a Tree...

Advice From a Tree...

Dear Friend
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go like leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
~ Ilan Shamir

I've been taking yoga classes for about four weeks now and I am really loving every minute of it. I know that it's something that I will continue to do for the rest of my life (just like reading & photography)! My yoga teacher, who is also the owner of the yoga studio, read the above poem to us the other day during class and at first I thought it was a little too cutesy & a little too corny.
But then I stopped to take the time to read it again and I could see the wisdom behind the words...they are so true.


  1. You're right, just about everything a person needs to know is right there! The important one for me to remember is the 'rest and quiet renewal of winter' - I always give myself a hard time for the resting and renewal times, and yet I know enough to counsel others about how necessary it is!

  2. Hi!

    I noticed our advice mentioned in your website or blog and wanted to write you. Aren't trees amazing? Thank you for celebrating the beauty of the trees and sharing Advice from a Tree with your audience. I remember the day, very vividly, when I leaned against that 100 year old cottonwood tree in Colorado and asked for its wisdom. What came through me was a gift that I am proud to share with everyone. The poem has been very popular worldwide; translated into Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese as well as recently into Daki (Afghanistan). Advice from a tree now appears on tshirts, greeting cards, posters, notepads, books and even pillows. It pleases me to share a message from the Earth as reminders for people to live their true nature.

    It is important to keep the copyright and completeness of the poem as it is shared. I am writing to connect with you in our common bond of trees and to ask you to add information if it is not included:

    1. Ilan Shamir should be noted as the author (It is spelled ILAN SHAMIR)
    2. It should have (c)Ilan Shamir as the copyright. We would ask you to help us out by making the a link to our site.
    3. The poem, wherever possible, should be included in its entirety. See the attached word document.

    I invite you to get to know us more and visit our website (we have 60 other advice) and also the ecard that plants a tree. If you become an affiliate and put our link on your website, you can let people know about this beautiful tree gift. If you like, you can also let people know about the YouTube videos

    Let your audience know I wish for their growth, connection and branching out to their full potential.

    I look forward to hearing from you and together we can celebrate the beauty of trees!

    Kind regards,



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