Be One with the Leaf

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 so completely alive!
I worked hard to help nourish the tree and now much of me is IN the tree.

I am no longer limited by this form for I am also the whole tree and when I return
to the soil I will continue to nourish the tree so do not worry; do not 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 high 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 I have much to learn from the leaf.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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