Rest Stop (Monday) … lessons from autumn leaves

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Playing in the autumn leaves

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year! To see the multitude of colors, diverse fragrances, and sounds of crunching leaves underfoot, how can you not love this time of the year!? This past weekend, as we were raking the fallen leaves in the yard, my youngest daughter and I took a moment of levity to jump into the massive pile! As I always say; live in the moment; and that pile was just calling to me. After a time of throwing leaves and being buried it was back to the work of remaking the pile so that it could be properly disposed of. Hmmm….as I looked at the pile of leaves, the leaves that continued to fall to the ground, and the barren trees giving up their source of oxygen, I got to thinking; what does all of this mean?

As I see it, the tree grows and sprouts leaves to help it survive, then the leaves die and fall to the ground where they decay, leaving the tree from which they came barren and naked. The more I thought about it the more depressed I became. But, if I look at this process in light of the circle of life, my depressed moment changed to awe and wonder as I reminded myself that the decaying leaves will give nourishment to the ground, and the tree will reap the benefits of that nourishment through its roots, giving it the ability to sprout new leaves. In other words we go from life to death to live again. It makes sense to me, but as I took a moment to look at this process from the perspective of the tree I envisioned that the tree, if it were possible, needed to have a great amount of patience and trust.

As we continued to rake the leaves I reflected that maybe the point of autumn, besides the cornucopia of sights, smells and sounds, was for us to be more patient and full of trust.  Could we live as the tree does, or would we try to improve upon the process, or change the process, or modify the process, etc. In our lives don’t we (I) try to interfere with the natural process of life? How might my life be if I possessed the patience and trust of the tree?

Here are some of my thoughts after raking the leaves:

1.  Live in the moment or you might miss something, like jumping in a pile of leaves.

2.  If you live in the moment you will find it easier to be patient with yourself and with others.

3.  If you feel impatient or stressed, stop, breathe, bring your thoughts back to the present moment by focusing on your breath and on what is around you.

4.  Trust is not always easy, but if we focus on creation we will notice how much trust all living creatures need to have for their survival, and generally speaking, it works for them.

5.  Reconnect, or find, your Higher Power. I can’t believe that all of creation just happened on its own. As you build a relationship with your Higher Power you will most likely trust more easily.

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