Color ! In the autumn color seems to be all around. Trees throw off their drab greens and renew ablaze in reds and golds – all highlighted by the azure-blue of an autumn sky. Even in our autumn clothing, our sweaters and turtlenecks, match the richness of Nature’s color, deep, touching, bursting. It’s like we want to belong to the Team and we wear the team colors like football fans.
What is color? Is it something you touch or only see? Can you taste it? I think so – my morning juice (the marketers call it Super Fruits) is really, really naturally red. It tastes that way too – it has fortitude. Is it the color, or my imagination? Can color provide a depth? is it merely painted on?
Can you smell color? Yes – with the leaf litter, the rains, the burnings, the fireplaces lighting for the first time of the season, the cider…apple and pumpkin pies. You can smell color.
Can you be color ? Why not? Who can ignore the autumn color and all it offers? We even craft a holiday to make it “official”. Thanksgiving gives us the OK to celebrate color and all it offers.
Why am I writing about color?
It is the autumn of our year (northern hemisphere), when the leaves fall and those remaining stragglers put on a good show of granny smith green, russet and gold. The color autumn also calls to mind the scents, the odors, the smoke of burnt leaves, the apple cider, the smell of the crisp air as you exhale. Color and all it contains reminds us of friends, families, gatherings.
Color is also hearing and memory.
Interesting – the season called “autumn” kicks off the death of the year cycle. So why is it so beautiful?
- Am I imaging the beauty or
- Do I finally see it as now precious, fleeting, a flash ?
The martial artist meditates within a calm insightful moment and catches her breath. Is the answer important, or is it more so important to love the beauty because it is and all that it teaches?