Autumn has fully arrived and in many ways has already peaked, it’s colors fading right alongside the waning sunlit hours of the day. Many feel as though this is a melancholy season of death, one that sees Nature turn to stark coldness. To those who would think that the fallen leaves are devoid of life and spirit I share this quote and remind them and everyone to look again.
Fallen leaves may indicate the death of a season of growth, but they still have a certain life in them. When the wind picks up and they begin to rustle as they dance down the road, they are spreading their last great dance with us. They are reminding us that even in death there is great potential and life to be had. In many ways they are a pure representation that death is only another beginning.
Autumn, like each of the seasons, is a teacher. Autumn shares the joy of letting go, the beauty that lies in juxtapositions, the glory of Nature in it’s ripe fullness. In the luscious beauty of the feuillemort colors that light up the trees before they fill the ground and the air as the leaves dance with the wind, Nature shows us to not fear change but to embrace it. Dance with it and always, always look again. What may appear one way may very well appear another if you stop and take it all in.
This splendid quote from Shira Tamir “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” is a reminder to slow down and truly take in the sheer wonder of all that is around you. Be an observer of life, of Nature, of others, of yourself. Don’t judge once or make-up your mind about something with only one glance at it. By doing that you’ll be missing out on so much. If, when you see fallen leaves, you only see dead leaves, you’ll never be witness to the magic of their dance. You’ll never be held spellbound by their rustle as they spin and twirl, dip and rise, in the sweet, spicy autumn air.
Autumn is a magic time, a time of great, bursting abundance followed by a quiet, deepening, inward retreat. It is a time to celebrate the majesty of Nature and it’s steady cyclical nature. What flourished will return after a time of slumber, what dies will be reborn, what is ending shall begin anew. Those glorious fallen leaves may appear dead but there is life to them still dancing always onward…
Namaste ~ Ella
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