The Almond Tree in my Front Yard

"When reality is experienced in its nature of ultimate perfection, an almond tree that may be in your front yard reveals its nature in perfect wholeness. The almond tree is itself truth, reality, your own self. Of all the people who have passed by your yard, how many have really seen the almond tree? 
The heart of an artist may be more sensitive; hopefully he or she will be able to see the tree in a deeper way than many others. Because of a more open heart, a certain communion already exists between the artist and the tree. What counts is your own heart. If your heart is not clouded by false views, you will be able to enter into a natural communion with the tree. The almond tree will be ready to reveal itself to you in complete wholeness. 
To see the almond tree is to see the way."

There's an almond tree in my front yard. A precious almond tree in my front yard. :) I never noticed it until I started reading this book, The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh and read the quote you just read above.

 Even though I've lived here for 26 years it never really dawned on me that there was this beautiful almond tree in my front yard. So one day I decided to sit under it and meditate, hoping that it would somehow reveal the way to me. 

Heart opened, I positioned myself beneath the shade of this magnificent tree and beheld its beauty. Then it came to me. In this moment, just like the almond tree I am perfectly whole and one with the Universe. 

so it is and so it shall be for evermore.  

Nadya Dee