From a young age, I always loved leaves, especially from maple trees. They are beautiful in most seasons and I was reminded as the leaves began to turn color. The colors are so divine. Color in and of itself, is divine. You can see shadows of yellow, orange, red, brown and gold.
As a child, I used to pick up the leaves and put them in a book to flatten them. They were spectacular. Sometimes I used them in an art project. The little veins you see in the leaf gives them life and is part of the All, the Universe. Life flowed through them as children of the tree. Trees have conscious and so do leaves.
Leaves are protectors and give shade and shelter from the elements. Leaves harbor insects, bugs,butterflies and spiders.They enable many insects to keep themselves safe or hidden. In a sense, they act as an umbrella.
As the light green leaves begin to grow in the springtime, have you ever seen anything so beautiful? They are “Keepers of the Forest? and enlightening canopies. Lucky us to share their presence. The energy is one of love. I think if the insects could talk we might hear them say “Thank You Dear Leaves for your love, honor and protection. Blessed Be.”
Leaves honor us with their rustle, their beauty and unequivocal joy. When they fall to the ground they teach us how to let go and to understand the cycle of life. Seedlings hiding within the leaves and will bring new life during the season of renewal– Spring.
I enjoy watching the leaves on the trees dance around when there is a light breeze. It sounds like a natural symphony. It is more significant when the birds have flown away to warmer territory. What a gift they are. Their beauty makes you aware of their presence.
In order for a leaf to grow, it needs carbon dioxide, oxygen and water. In the sun, we get photosynthesis which gives it energy to grow. It is a time of new growth. A leaf is physically made of cells, lower and upper epidermis, sponge and veins. The cells allow the carbon dioxide and oxygen to travel. Complicated beings they are. (Shmoop Biology) When brand new baby leaves form, it is the season of birth. Spirituality is new. The Ancients knew this. I talk to the leaves and sometimes bring them into my home. It feels right. It balances my energy. Leaves help me breathe.
Leaves are more spiritual than most people. They don’t force, they don’t push. They align with nature unless man interferes. Animals make their beds with leaves. Insects feed off of and some species hide behind them. Often deer ward off hunters with leaves. Leaves are benevolent and beneficial to our planet. They help all humans and animals on earth to breathe.When referring to leaves on plants, some call them organs. Now, I would say that is vital.
As kids sometimes we would take a dry leaf, put it in between two white pieces of paper and then color over it with a pencil. The shape of the leaf would show up on the top layer of paper. It was pretty cool. How could someone not admire a leaf? They are so important to us and the biosphere. When I look at them, it seems as if they are embracing us from the sky. They are a friend without knowing it and they add to life. As children unaffected, we just knew this inherently. People have been writing about and admiring leaves for a long time. Many old cultures used leaves as insulation to their forts or houses. Some people burned them for fuel. No matter how you cut it leaves contribute to this beautiful world we have and I pray for it’s healing.
There is much to be learned from a leaf if you watch them and revel in them as they deserve. Some leaves give us nourishment: mint, lavender, spinach and more. If not given any poisonous food they will have a nourishing affect on you. I truly love leaves and hope other people do too.