Autumn leaves and changing times …

There is no tree come Autumn that holds its leaves if its meant to drop them…..you Will not see a tree bursting with blossoms or tight leaf buds whilst still draped in dead dry brown leaves from the year before ……

That tells me a lot ….

when i look at the trees and the changes they go through year in year out they speak a thousand words …

The whispering leaves …..the groan of the branches ,the birds singing out sat in their branches ,the rustling of the leaves whipped up in the wind th

at have fallen from the branches so many words unspoken but very much present …

To be able to move through to the next season the tree must shed the old …….you know where Im going with this don’t you !!!

What are you holding onto that is stopping the process of moving on ?

What are you holding onto that is taking a toll on your personal development ?

When i walk in the woods i hear the message of changing times ….

The height of the old trees fill me with awe ..

The vastness of an oak tree with its branches majestic on the backdrop of a country lane fill me with gratitude …

A windswept hawthorn showing the strain of a lifetime of directional wind battering its branches that I’ve seen when I’ve walked the jurassic coast path isolated, alone and vulnerable actually show me strength endurance and peace …..

we don’t need to be surrounded by a forest to stand tall, be strong and bring about beauty to our surroundings…

I am often found wandering off towards a tree to rest my palms against it’s bark or throw my arms around its trunk … I’m drawn to it because it speaks to me …

In times of struggle grief or change the forest calls me …

In times of happiness and peace the forest calls me ….

do you hear it calling you ??

Its branches stretch upwards to embrace and impress the world …

Its roots entwine with others deep under ground supporting each other its a solid infinite network of strength united when the wind gets too much for the old trees to endure ….and that support is invaluable …

The leaves in summer offer shade to wildlife and humans alike and in the winter the fallen leaves offer the forest floor a home for bugs and grubs ,a warm blanket for the spring bulbs and colour that can blow your mind if you stop and take a look …oh and it also provides a load of crunchy colourful leaves that are best kicked and thrown about in wellies, hats, scarves and gloves ….

why wouldn’t you chose to wander out into the glory of a forest with your eyes wide open…..

so here is your challenge ….

Find a tree you see on a daily basis that perhaps you drive past on your way to work or on the school run look at the tree you see from the office….. or a tree you pass on the daily dog walk or your jog in the bid to get fit and start today by taking note of where it is in its cycle ….watch and learn listen to what it has to tell you …

and when you see it lay itself bare in the winter months watch as all that was the year before falls away from its branches and feeds the wonders it will produce for you to see through spring and into the summer …

and guess what …

it repeats this over and over again ….not so much difference to a human’s life on earth hey!!

…..change isn’t scary …its healthy on so many levels ….

shake your branches to shed the old when the time is right ….

reach for the skies in personal growth….

Interlock your roots with others to strengthen you in times of need and create shade to help others when the sun is too hot to carry on their journey ….

and when you feel the time is right give the world a colourful show that you are proud of…..

show your worth, show your love for life, show your commitment to the most precious gift (which is your life) but most importantly embrace the periods of rest because without rest you will not be ready to perform in a manner just as spectacular as the time before ……

Don’t try and force blossom when you are supposed to be shedding leaves …

Don’t try and force a leaf drop when you need to create shade for yourself or for others…

and don’t ever stop being beautiful whatever part of the process of life you find yourself in ….

wrap yourself in your own branches and the branches of others and feel that embrace …it feels good I promise ….

love and life

kirsten xxx

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