With each new season, comes an inevitable accompaniment of emotions. Leaves fall, feathering through the air as they gently glide towards their next destination. While the detachment from the tree is symbolic of letting go of the old, shedding what once was, and waiting in anticipation of what is yet to come, I can’t help but notice the beauty in this leaf, caught so delicately by the resting fence. It is appears as though it was placed by a loving hand. The bead of water hugs the stem, giving it comfort, letting it know that while it may no longer be rooted to the tree, it is rooted with love. The earth is much more powerful than humans perceive it to be. Nature is not just merely in existence. Nature feels. Nature loves. When we weep, the earth is listening, the angels come near, and there are lessons to be told, not just through experience, but by opening our senses to what surrounds us and enveloping your soul in the earth’s blessings. It is up to you to let down your mental blocks, dismiss your fears, feel your spirit with each breath, and channel your mind’s focus and energy toward what is surrounding you at any given time. This image, which so beautifully mirrors the transformation occurring in my own life, is a reminder that the nurturing environment in which we live is not to be taken for granted. Love and peace is everywhere. It is what we live and breathe. Do not let the opinions and biases of the mind allow you to think otherwise. Be Free.
As a child, the world seems huge, yet simple. As an adult, it seems a bit smaller, yet complex. There are preconceived notions of how things ought to be, but the truth of the matter is that there is no set way to live a life of fulfillment. Using your heart as a driving force, and your mind as a sounding board, you make your way through the waves. At times, it may feel effortless, the soft touch of the water against your skin. Smooth sailing, if you will. Things going your way, fitting within your timeline, allowing you to feel instant gratification within the given circumstances. But then there are seasons where the current pulls you out past your zone of comfort, causing a riff in the way you view things happening. Change ensues, and it is up to you to decide what direction the ocean will take you. Sometimes positive changes result in affliction, as odd as that may be. If you don’t deal with past hurts and only bury them, they are bound to resurface. The winding road is beautiful, though, and as these hurtful truths and self realizations come into the light, you are able to gain a better appreciation for what you have, where you have been, and where you are headed. You see, the imperfections that make you who you are, are the most beautiful things about you, for if you had never endured those experiences, you wouldn’t be you. Embrace the changes, forgive yourself for your past, show gratitude for what you have and who you’ve become, and life a life of emotional prosperity. Be true to you, and the earth, angels, and above all else, God, will provide.