Leaving for school, golden autumn leaves pressed to the windscreen of the car by the pouring rain.
Autumn is a huge folding-in of the energy of the earth! Leaves fall with the rain, all soaking into the ground ready for the great regeneration of spring. The appearance of autumn’s death, the silent pause of winter, then the Great Unfolding starts all over again in spring! There’s no death in the dying of autumn, just a precursor to the next generation, to the great cycle of rebirth, the bursting green creativity of nature just down the line.
Today is a magical day. Rain, falling leaves. Alive, breathing, here to see it all. No need for praise, success, fame, fortune, new things, just this. Just the wonders of the season, the warmth of the people we meet, just this, the perfect present. Plenty of reasons for happiness!
By Wouter Verhoeven. Thanks Wouter.
Must remember to check the Good Shopping Guide before buying certain products in the future – it ranks pretty much every brand for most kind of things we buy for the home – and equally important, banks, fuel, energy providers. It focuses on UK brands, but a lot are international, and it’s pretty easy to translate the idea to local brands here in Spain for example.
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” – Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Twice in the past few days I’ve walked into our bathroom to find a golden autumn leaf delicately balanced on the open windowsill, that’s blown down from a tree outside the window. Here’s today’s leaf in the photo above. It’s like a gift from “God”, the Universe, whatever you choose to call it, given for no particular reason. Maybe to wake me up a little bit.
“[God] is always making little surprises and springing them on us when us least expect….” – The Color Purple