I Observed a Leaf Fall on the Lake

As I sat by the lake just taking in all the beauty of nature as I listened inside, I watched a leaf slowly and gracefully fall to the lake. I pondered on how enlightening and wonderful this event was and I was instantly grateful for the lesson I learned from it.

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This was the episode in the leaf’s journey where it was dying or as I view death, it was changing forms. I have often seen this particular episode of my journey as the most dreadful and painful up until I practiced a concept I call “dying before I die.” which is just a simple process of writing my own Obituary.

As I watched the leaf’s slow, dancing decent to softly land on the lake’s face I saw something much deeper than the acceptance of the situation. I saw surrender. The leaf softly laid down in complete surrender to wherever the lake was about to take it. There was no hesitation or resistance. Just peaceful acceptance and surrender mixed with what seemed to be a totally calm enjoyment of the ride. No worries, no fights, no anxieties. It was as if it were saying

“All that has happened has happened. My cycle is complete and I am thankful to have lived it all.”


While giving up to death, we are releasing totally of life in our physical body. We are letting go of all of it without a tomorrow in human form and all of the acquainted structures, senses, nature and also world Earth: Really feeling the sunlight’s heat upon our face, our skin. Touching the creamy fallen leaves of mullein, the smooth soft qualities of increased flowers, the tough and also harsh crystalline developments of clear quartz, the cool from an icy snowball or warmth from a roaring fire; tasting the sweetness of a delicious chocolate dipped strawberry, or the salted crisis of potato chips; the full-flavored flavors of a dinner, the sour of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot Summertime day or the pungency of toasted garlic bread. The sweet music that relocates us to sing, dance, and also relocate our body to the rhythms of a drum or to be enraptured with a beautiful love song. We are releasing the splendid scorching shades of a of a sunup or sundown, the graceful movement of a flock of geese or the deep love emanating with your beloved’s eyes. We are releasing the aromas of the pleasant inebriated scent of gardenias, jasmine, roses & homemade bread cooking in the oven. Breathe itself. The pulse, heartbeat and all of the physical discomforts, enjoyments, principles, psychological constructs. Our family members, close friends, discussions, riding a bike, swimming in blue-green, cozy waters or raising a snow topped mountain.

But our true light nature is not regarding the body, senses & experiences yet rather an essence of light without form, time, framework or issue. Though our human experiences are abundant with fascinating as well as enthralling, enchanting moments that fill us with exhilaration, enjoyment, discomfort … all of it … residing in the unknown of infinite light,  just what I call exciting!


from the Tibetan Book of the Dead,

“Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home.”


Surrender is a flash of freefall, floating where time and space collapses. Peace and pure light radiates in consciousness itself. Bliss, heaven, and then….we reform back to our Original Spirituality.  For those moments we merge with the clear radiant light and experience our true nature, as we always are and have been. At the blink of an eye we are already here.

Float on, pretty brown leaf. Float on!….

“Just Go!” Don’t Stop.

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Antonis Christonasis
Antonis Christonasis
3 years ago

You post gave me a sense of relaxation and mindfulness. I believe those two traits are lacking in most of us nowadays, due to the hectic pace that our lives have taken. I love the blog ZenHabits by Leo Babauta. Very similar to yours. I would certainly check it out if I were you, in case you don’t know it! Hope that helps! Cheers! Antonis

3 years ago

I’ve read the Tibetan Book of the Dead, it’s a very enlightening read and I recommend it for anyone on the spiritual journey… and specifically on the spiritual journey. I don’t think anyone else, no matter how smart, will be able to grasp its meaning beyond the forms it expresses. There is a voice that speaks in it that comes from a timeless and formless place.
The quote is beautiful, it is good to remember and memorize keeping it close to your heart, especially at times when one needs to let go of something, or someone.
Thank you