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I Listen to the trees, and they say:
“Stand tall and yield.
Be tolerant and flexible.
Be true to yourself.
Stand alone, and stand together.
With time, you will grow.”
I Listen to the wind, and it says:
Take care of yourself –
body, mind, and spirit.
Listen from your heart.
I Listen to the sun, and it says:
Let your warmth radiate for others to feel.
Give yourself without expectations.”
I Listen to the creek, and it says:
“Relax; go with the flow.
Tend to what’s really important,
and let the rest go by.
Keep moving — don’t be hesitant or afraid.
Lighten up — laugh, giggle.”
I Listen to the mountains, and they say:
Do what you say you’re going to do.
Be true, genuine, and real.
Speak from the heart.
I Listen to the birds, and they say:
“Set yourself free.
I Listen to the clouds, and they say:
Let your spirit run free.
Let yourself be light and gay,
but let yourself be heavy and sad.
Cry when you feel like it.”
I Listen to the sky, and it says:
Let go of the boundaries and barriers
which you have created to protect yourself.
I Listen to the flowers and small plants, and they say:
Respect the beauty of small things.
Respect the beauty of humility and truth.
Let go of perfectionism.
Love yourself as you are; it opens the door to change.
I Listen to the bugs and flying insects, and they say:
Use your hands.
Focus on what’s in front of you.
Ignore the past; there is only the present.”
I Listen to the moon, and it says:
Be romantic — touch and caress.
Allow yourself to be loved.
Be gentle, kind, and understanding.
I Listen to the stars, and they wink and say:
Dance, be silly, have fun.”
I Listen to the earth, and it says:
“I am your mother.
I give you life.
Respect all that is around you.
Find beauty in all things — living and not — including
yourself; for we are all one — not separate.
Be especially respectful to the very young and the very old,
for they are both very near God.
Give up the belief that you are a higher form of life;
there is no higher form of life.
We are equal because we are the same.
When you return to me, I will welcome you,
and I will set your spirit free.
Love and nurture your children; cook good food for them,
and hold them very close to you often.
Hold me close to you often as well,
and I will hold you in return; I will support you.
(Dr. Charles Roper )