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

I am a writer and a blogger from Northern California

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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