Posted by Gwyn MacDonald
Autumn has arrived! I’m not sure what I love the most about this time of year. Is it the cool nights, brilliant blue skies or the riot of foliage color? Maybe it’s the glorious squash, brussel sprouts and quince that begin to show up at the farmer’s market. It all makes me happy, really!
But the one thing I truly relish at this time of year is walking beneath the changing leaves.
It’s a bit of a mini meditation for me and I invite you to try my technique. This is especially helpful after a stressful day or a quick way to ground yourself before going to work. Only takes a moment.
As you walk, keep an eye out for trees in full color. My favorites are the sweet gum (star shaped leaves that turn brilliant yellow to orange to red) and the ginko (ELECTRIC yellow!). Step up close to the tree (say “hello” if you’d like) and close your eyes just long enough for a DEEP inhale. As you exhale, look up into the tree branches. Then look out to the area surrounding the tree. Are you immersed in the glow of that trees’ autumn extravaganza? The world is bathed in vibrant color, just for a bit. How’s that for rose colored glasses! Sounds silly, but it boosts my mood in a flash. I hope it does the same for you.
Happy color hunting!
P.S. Let us know what your favorite “autumn color” tree turns out to be!