HEALTH & HEALING

Parasites can't feed on you

"We need to remove from our thought whatever would sap our vitality and liveliness."

On A Winter day looking across a Texas field, I saw that some trees were bare while others were rich with green foliage. As I looked closer, I realized the green was not the trees' foliage; it was mistletoe hanging in the trees. My eyes had tricked me!

Mistletoe is classified as semiparasitic because it sends suckerlike roots into and beneath the bark of certain kinds of trees, drawing water and nutriments from them. Eventually, it will take over an entire tree, sapping the tree of life unless it is thoroughly removed from the tree. Like arborists charged with the removal of mistletoe from an infested tree, we need to remove from our thought whatever would sap our vitality and liveliness. We don't have to play host to it or let it get under our skin.

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