If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how much I love the maple tree outside my bedroom window. We planted it when we first moved into this house, more than 38 years ago now. I’ve watched it grow into a beautiful, mature tree. This tree has been with me through a lot of life – through both joyful and challenging times. Each fall, it’s one of the last trees to turn, and once it turns, the beauty only lasts for a few days before the leaves fall.
If you’re new to Purrs of Wisdom, you can read a bit more about the history of the tree and how much it means to me here.
Every year when the tree is at its peak, I make sure to take time each day to simply sit by the window and enjoy the beautiful leaves in all their glory. This year, the weather cooperated, and the two days the tree was at its most spectacular were sunny, with clear blue skies. I call it “maple bathing” – a takeoff on the term forest bathing, a mindfulness practice that emphasizes the importance of consciously connecting with a natural environment.
I can highly recommend taking some time to watch the leaves change. Between the beautiful colors and the symbolism of what changing leaves represent, you may just be surprised at what you discover about yourself. A cat (or two, or more) on your lap will make the experience even more special.