Many artists, mystics, teachers, and warriors, chiefs, priests, and saints have spoken of the importance of the pilgrimage throughout the ages. The turning point from autumn to winter is an invitation to go inward, and the trees can be our teachers in this way as we watch them burst into color before showing us the way of detachment without judgment or clinging.
The agenda of the great tree teacher is that it makes room for creation by rooting itself deep, stretching beyond the surface, and regenerating with detachment. It does so in a patient space, all in right timing.
And so we can wait, so we can extend a patient heart and attitude to our own gestational process. What shall your fruit be? What quality of life are you looking to harvest for yourself? What is the spirit of change you are nurturing and how will you let go of what no longer serves? As Kabir said, "I felt in need of a great pilgrimage so I sat still for three days." The winter invites stillness. Mother nature invites us to rest, reflect, and study our intentions.