Autumn. The signs abound in Nature and within us as we move into and through the Autumn Season of our Lives. There are times when we feel alive and vibrant in body, mind and spirit. There are times when we realize that the withering of skin, the creaking of bones, the aching of muscles, the forgetfulness that can come with the aging process are simply part of the Autumn Season of life.
Is it wisdom to ignore these signs? Is it wisdom to focus solely on these signs? How to maintain balance and acknowledge the reality of the cycle of life? Perhaps trees and leaves can be our teacher.
When leaves change colour … the tree is still there. When our face, legs, arms, neck, hands begin to wither … we are still there. When leaves fall … not all fall at the same time. When we rise from a chair or sofa … stiffness doesn’t always remain with us.
Winter is coming. It is inevitable – for all of us. But in the meantime, if leaves and trees could talk, perhaps they would remind us to spread our branches to acknowledge our natural beauty in each season and to welcome life. L’chaim! To life!!!
photo and text © June Maffin