An Autumn Challenge


Autumn is upon us. The nights are cooling and the leaves are browning and falling. Inspired by the season, I’ve got a challenge for you. Find a fallen leaf and look at it, intently, for at least two minutes, as if this was the first leaf you’ve ever seen. Consider all the processes that culminated in it coming into being. How interrelated you and this humble piece of matter is. Notice how rarely you devote even two minutes to really looking at something. See what comes up for you. See if you agree with Henry Miller:

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”