Prayer for Plants

Crane Canyon 

During my hike this morning, I walked by a mom and her two small children. The mom was taking some leaves, I think they were bay leaves from the tree and placing them in a paper bag. A stern, strong mental thought, a judgement came into my mind \”she is not supposed to take plants from the park\”. 

Another thought came softly behind it saying \”be gentle with people\”.  

I shook off the original thinking and judgement as not being mine, just something that we program somehow to automatically assess a situation and judge it without seeing the whole picture. 

A few feet from the mom and her kids, I stopped under an oak tree to watch the woodpeckers fly back and forth hoping to get a good photo. I heard the mother say \”It\’s time to pray, let\’s form a circle, do you remember the prayer, the words we say to thank the plant for giving us the medicine we need.\” 

As I started taking photos of the birds in the trees, I could hear the family whispering a prayer in a language I couldn\’t place. After their prayers, I watched as the family started back on the trail heading towards the parking lot. 

I wish a judging thought never entered my mind. I know that is not possible as I am human. I do know, I can let those kind of thoughts go and not act on them. And that for now is going to have to be good enough. 


Published by As the Road Wanders

Travel Blogger and Traveler

2 thoughts on “Prayer for Plants

  1. That was a beautiful little story and a good reminder to … judge not, lest we be judged! That said, I will never understand WHY some people think it’s okay to throw their litter along the road for someone else to clean up!


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