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Wisdom for our Children: The Loving Kindness Tree

May 22, 2011

Becoming truly resilient includes the education of our children. I felt that I would share this story, The Loving Kindness Tree, that I wrote and illustrated years ago. The idea behind this book came to me when experiencing a deep, spiritual awakening. The character is based on my Grandmother who patiently modeled facial expressions. This story, which is currently unpublished, is a beautiful story based on the Buddhist practice of Metta or Loving Kindness Meditation. Today, more than ever, its important that we teach children how to love and to be loved in return.


The Loving Kindness Tree

  The Loving Kindness Tree sat lonely in the forest. The darkness of the forest made her feel cold, damp and weak.  She was sad and she didn’t have the strength to reach out her limbs to touch her friends.

The Loving Kindness Tree closed her eyes and felt the wind cascade around her. She felt the cold breeze but she imagined that the wind was warm and the day was sunny. “I love you Loving Kindness Tree” she said to herself and she instantly felt warmer.

She then imagined her friend Grandfather tree in the forest, the sun warming his leaves, his branches, his trunk and his smiling face. “I love you Grandfather tree” she said.  And in return she heard Grandfather Tree say “I love you too Loving Kindness Tree.”

She then thought of her friends the birds who sang beautiful songs to her. She heard the birds singing magical notes that danced amongst the wind.  The Loving Kindness Tree smiled at their beauty and she said “I love you birds”. And in return she heard the birds say “We love you too Loving Kindness Tree”.

She then thought of all of the forest animals who lived near-by. She saw the fox chasing his tail through the trees. She saw the rabbit inside of her den cuddled up with all of her baby bunnies. She saw the squirrel stuffing his mouth with his collection of nuts. And The Loving Kindness Tree said “I love you animals”. And in return she heard the animals say “We love you too Loving Kindness Tree”.

She then thought of the children who played on sunny days in the river close-by. She heard them laughing as they splashed each other and imagined them jumping, chasing each other, from rock to rock. “I love you children” said the Loving Kindness Tree. And in return she heard the children say “We love you too Loving Kindness Tree”.

She then thought of the sea creatures who lived within the river. She saw her friend the turtle basking in the light reflecting from the glistening rocks. She thought of the many schools of fish swimming quickly through the water. She saw the frog hopping lively from one spot to the next. “I love you sea creatures” said the Loving Kindness Tree. And in return she heard the sea creatures say “We love you too Loving Kindness Tree”.

The Loving Kindness Tree then thought of everything that lives in the whole wide world,. She thought of the insects who help the plants to grow. She thought of the trees that help the animals to live. And she thought of all of the people who live on the earth. And Loving Kindness Tree shouted out  “I love you world!”. And in return she heard every insect, every plant, every tree, every animal and every person in the whole wide world shout back “We love you too Loving Kindness Tree”.

Loving Kindness Tree opened her eyes. The forest was no longer dark and a beautiful blue butterfly had landed on her nose. She was no longer alone. The sun had come out and light was beaming on her face. She felt happy and loved. And the Loving Kindness Tree realized that everything in the world shared so much with her and that she had shared everything with the world.

The End

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