Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. ~ Emily Bronte
The beauty of deciduous trees is so evident in autumn but so is their wisdom…
Trees provide fruit, seeds and nuts to animals and to ensure more trees grow in the future.
Trees transfer the energy their leaves gathered in the summer to the roots to sustain themselves throughout the winter. Thus, the chlorophyll (green) is removed from the leaves revealing oranges, reds and browns.
Fallen leaves break down into leaf skeletons. This leaf litter protects and nourishes the soil. Fallen leaves also provide bedding material for animals.
Autumn trees invite us to pause:
Take a few deeps breaths….in and out….
Imagine you are a leaf on a tree, taking in the warmth of the sunshine.
Now you feel a breeze gently carry you away.
You dance and twirl.
Finally, you slowly float down to the ground, joining all the other leaves.
Rest…knowing you are exactly where you are meant to be.
Autumn trees invite us to reflect:
- Where may I need to transfer or conserve my energy?
- Are there areas of my life that I need to accept or let go?
- Who or what may need my provision or care? What gifts may I offer them?
- What can nourish my soil and roots?
Autumn trees invite us to create:
You may want to create an autumn tree to inform and inspire your self care this season by exploring one of the following:
~ A tree collage with a variety of materials (scrap paper, fabric, yarn, magazine images, or nature items)
~ A drawing of a tree or watercolor painting (These can be combined with a crayon resist. Draw your image with crayons and paint over it with watercolors.)
~ Leaf and/or bark rubbings
You may also choose to incorporate personal reflections, words, or poetry into your art.