I asked the leaf....

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.'”

That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf.

~Thich Nhat Hanh Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life


Linette Bixby is a mindfulness coach who is passionate about bringing more meaning and inspiration into adults and children's lives through mindfulness and self-compassion workshops and training.

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