Like a leaf we have many stems - by Thich Naht Hanh

Frunze magice

(November, 2012)

"One autumn day, I was in a park, absorbed in the contemplation of a very small, beautiful leaf, shaped like a heart. Its colour was almost red, and it was barely hanging on the branch, nearly ready to fall down. I spent a long time with it, and I asked the leaf a number of questions. I found out that the leaf had been a mother to the tree. Usually we think that the tree is the mother and the leaves are just the children but as I looked at the leaf I saw that the leaf is also mother to the tree. The sap that the roots take up is only water and minerals, not sufficient to nourish the tree. So the tree distributes that sap to the leaves, and the leaves transform it with the help of the sun and the air, and send it back to the tree for nourishment. This communication between leaf and tree is easy to see because the leaf is connected to the tree by a stem.

We do not have a stem linking us to our mother anymore, but when we were in her womb we had a long stem, an umbilical cord. The oxygen and the nourishment we needed came to us through that stem. But on the day we were born, it was cut off, and we had the illusion that we became independent. That was not true. We continue to rely on our mother for a very long time, and we have many other mothers as well. The earth is our mother. We have a great many stems linking us to our Mother Earth. There are stems linking us to the clouds: if there are no clouds, there will be no water for us to drink. We are made of over seventy percent water, and the stem between the cloud and us is really there. This is also the case with the river, the forest, the logger and the farmer. There are hundreds and thousands of stems linking us to everything in the universe, supporting us and making it possible for us to be. Do you see the link between you and me?…

I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me “No. During the whole Spring and Summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to nourish the tree and now much of me is in that tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil I will continue to nourish the tree. So don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her ‘I will see you again very soon’”

That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float to the soil, dancing joyfully because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head knowing I have a lot to learn from that leaf."

Ref: Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rider 1991

Tărâmul copilăriei

Copilarie-Muzeul Satului

(Muzeului Satului, București, 2012)

    Copilărie - Elia David

    - Spune-mi, Copilărie,
    cum ai vrea să fie cărticica aceasta
    de poezie?

    - Aş vrea să fie frumos colorată
    şi să înceapă cu "Nu se va sfârşi

    - Bine,
    şi despre ce ai vrea în ea să citeşti,
    ca să nu îţi vină să caşti
    atunci când te plictiseşti?

    - Păi, despre multe poveşti adevărate
    ş mai ştiu

    - Dar în ce culoare ai vrea
    să ţi-o scriu?

    - În ce culoare îţi place ţie mai mult,
    ca să pot să îmi imaginez orice
    când ascult

Moartea și norocul

In cautarea visului

Mereu pe stradă, dar cu norocul în brațe. Visul meu e încă departe.

Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules for Living


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:
        Respect for self
        Respect for others
        Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.