SIGHT - SOUND - TOUCH
Now is the time to engage your senses in the all of autumn – sight, sound, and touch (the 3-S, the trifecta). Here are some ways to make this time of year come fully alive:
- Pay attention to the changing leave colors every day – when is “peak” day(s)? You’ll only know by comparing today with yesterday, so you have to take a hard look each and every day.
- Pay even closer attention, and you’ll see a peak day with a green background, and a peak day with a brown background. There’s usually a spread of 5 – 10 days between these two peaks.
- Get up close and look at the leaves with the sun shining on them; then take a look with the sun shining through them.
- On a windy day, listen to the hanging-on leaves play their song as if castanets
- Listen to the sound of dried leaves crunching under your feet. If the leaves are deep, intentionally kick them forward with each step.
- Hear the winds whoosh through the trees as if a powerful spirit (Greek: breath = spirit, wind)
- Go out in the woods and intentionally catch leaves in mid-air. Notice how difficult it is to determine the path of a wayward leaf.
- Stand/sit still and allow the leaves (and perhaps acorns) to land on you.
- Touch the tree leaves, the ground leaves to feel both life and death (and remember the cycle of life!).
Remember, autumn itself is an interactive sport!
Photo - Creative Commons (LABabble "Fall Leaves"