Why do I hold onto so much? Why do I not let go of the thousand thoughts that fill my brain, stuff in my memory that whirls around like leaves caught in Autumn's self-clearing breeze? And why do the leaves twist, almost screaming in the wind? Pride. They do not want to give up what is already not theirs.
Ah, so we come to the truth of the matter, which is why autumn in our north country is so rightly called Fall. Fall. Colder winds and rains tear off leaves so dearly held for nine months of tightly clasped, oh-so-important leaf-called mortal things.
The trees lose everything they have worn as winter once again creeps its return, hiding in frosted mornings that slip into awareness as slyly as a cat stalks its mouse-prey. And both are stripped naked, giving way to the truth of their bare reality: death.
For newness to grow, many things must be let go. The dearness of the trees' seeming riches: leaves. And nuts, fruits and seeds. The tree holds tightly to these things. Yet she cannot prevail against winter's wise pruning. There must be room for inner grace of yearning. A stripping off of Fall's dead leaves, no matter how lovely, must open us into a new way of being: an emptiness that yearns for more in the less, for a different holding in the need for owning—a simplicity of being in the empty nest's offering: “Fill me instead with Thee,” cries the Tree. “That I may live free of me. Birth me into God's simplicity.”
Teach me what to hold and what to let fall. It may not be things at all. It may be to see in the eyes of that Sister, the Divine Brother, Who gazes with a love that shows me my sister (and/or my brother) are of one to another.
Bound in burning leaf colors, Heart of the Other tells us that Stuff is not going to stumble us if we keep our eyes and heart on the Other, Who is our Brother in every Way, the only Truth to be trusted and Who is Life unto an eternity of becoming a sister, a brother to Love.
Then will we forever dance with Divine Life, warmed by the Son's soft breath, the Father's immensity teaching us the kindness of true humility and the Spirit weaving strands of leaf lights: infinity of beauty, in the God of pure Unity.
She is looking again, this Sister of our mutual Divine Brother, but what do I see now?! A kind amusement. I think she is humoring me. And I am grateful, because our Brother is smiling quite openly. What a time we shall have with Love in eternity!