Unconditional Presence: The Oak Tree

by Scott Noelle

Imagine a great Oak Tree. It knows where it stands, and it holds powerfully to its position. But it doesn’t defend its position — it’s simply there.

You can drive a car into the massive trunk of the Oak Tree, and the car will be smashed while the tree remains standing. It’s not standing against you, and it doesn’t take your destructive behavior personally. It just remains rooted... focused... present. Unconditionally.

Now imagine that you are the Oak Tree... How does it feel to be so powerfully positioned? Isn’t it nice to know that no one can uproot you? Would you even bother to resist? Or would you simply relax and enjoy being right where you want to be?

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Next time you feel “uprooted” by your child’s behavior, emotions, or any other conditions, remember the unconditional presence of the Oak Tree. Stand rooted in the ground of infinite Well-Being.

There is nothing to resist... All is well.

Originally published on 2006-10-09
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