Leaves of Love
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A wonderful friend Iíve found showed me a song he wrote for his son. Itís inspired me to write of the leaves, the rain and the ground, the growth and unity of our core, and the encompassing of new ideas and paths in our lives. Read on, if you understand. Then please let me know and join hands while we reach our paths into the world around us, and soften the basis of who we are to continually join the cycles of the world we live in.
Our lives begin like the saplings of a tree, falling from the sky, finding a place to grow, seeding, learning, growing, enduring, passing on who we are to the next and beginning anew over and over again. We sit and we learn. We take in the world around us; it rains us with ideas, and the rain falls upon our outstretched minds as we grow. Our core grows thick the more we absorb, and the earth around us hardens; we find times in our lives where the rains can hardly reach our core as our minds are so overstretched, and the ideas that do trickle down get lost along the way.
As we continue to age, the bark around us grows so thick and full of wrinkles and knots that rarely does a drop of thought even reaches the earth, and when it does the earth is so dry and hard that it can hardly contend with letting the new idea flow to the roots. The idea becomes again, somewhere between the established paths of our lives, the basis of who we believe we are, the indoctrination of our learned mind, and the base of our thought. We feel we know it all. We feel that there is no room for a new idea, one possibly so outrageous to our thought that it could shatter who we are. And so we fight it, we say itís wrong. We ward it off. We harden our hearts and our minds to the idea.
Some call the ideas wrong, some call them stupid, others donít even give them a second thought; they do not understand that there is eternal growth, an ever reaching sky ahead and a base below; that the more we grow and the more we shine, the deeper our roots; and the further our leaves can reach. The further we reach out, the quicker the rains can touch us and the faster we can absorb the life ideas around us.
We can reopen the closure, the thick exterior, the dry minds we endure in our common day, and we can allow growth to continue. It all starts with reaching beyond who we are, keeping our minds open to new ideas, reaching the smallest twigs of our thought as far beyond us as we can. Seeing as the small leaf appears as the end of the smallest twig, and understanding that is how we beganÖ understanding that by allowing these ideas in, we grow in the whole. That even the smallest spark of hope and awareness can travel quickly to our core, and if we let it, it can flow into the hardened earth around us.
The more we understand this, the softer the earth around our basis becomes, shattering it and letting ideas flow in more naturally; just as they did when we first began. If you have a child you will understand the way they grew and the way they learned; how quickly they absorbed everything around them. They didnít question the world; they didnít push it away. They just let it all in. If you can remember back, you may even recall this growth of your own in the years which have passed, the ways you learned of love, of pain, of a great new song, of loss, of life and the things that made you who you are today. There are very few impressions, which really stick in our lives. But remembering back to these ideas, theyíre the ones, which stuck.
For a child, they grow so rapidly that each idea hits them as hard as all of those life changing events; in such rapid succession that they rarely slow down, and you will see this in children as well. Not only does the body of a child grow, so does their mind and their soul as they learn to unite all aspects of who they are. Itís not a coincidence that the body learns just as well as the mind and within three years can function almost as well as a fully grown adult. Itís the path of life that creates the basis of who we are, the continual growth only allows these aspects to flourish even further.
If we think of the great sages, wise people of the world, druids, and great thinkers, we always see them in their prime, rarely do we see imagery or even thoughts of them in painful or hurtful times, as these individuals are always growing, and they donít have time to die out. Their arms are always growing, touching the world around them and even in their physical death, the ideas, thoughts and paths of their lives continue to grow and rain down upon the world.
The earth around them is ever softened, as they continued on the paths they were born, until they died and never hardened their basis, or gave up the ideas of growth. They never gave in to what so many do today. We can be as they are. We can absorb ideas from learning in our lives by experimenting and living, by treating each day and event of our lives as an opportunity, not as an end but ever reaching out beyond who we are. We can let our children continue to grow, by feeding them the paths of our own lives.
Reach with your heart, with your mind, with the days that pass. Reach with your hands, reach with the ideas of others, and the paths theyíve lived; reach out beyond your faith and the bindings of religion, reach out with love... and soften the earth around you... reach for the leaf Iíve just rained down for you and let it into your roots, so that it may grow, and grow again.
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