Winter's rest

As the light slowly returns to the sky, as the northern hemisphere of our Earth turns once again toward the light, the energy of all living things slowly shifts into a time of pause and rest as the light grows little by little each day.

Deep midwinter, a time to rest and draw inward, a time to tune into your body and your breath, time to relax and let go of your striving pushing and must do, must have mentality.

Grandmother Cottonwood in winter

Your entire being is exquisitely tuned to the light, the seasons. Trust the wisdom and honor the needs of your body mind and spirit. Yes, you may be able to override your instincts and rhythms for awhile, but at what cost?

When your body requires rest, when your mind requires contemplation and when your heart needs to turn inward, you will have to let go of your expectations for “getting things done” that is so near and dear to the human heart.

Winter is a time to dream, a time to plan, a time to rest. When you empty your mind of whirling thoughts and big ideas and the need to push forward for a time, you make room for fresh new creative energy to enter your life.

Frozen creek

Getting things done, enjoying increased energy, getting started on your pet projects will come in time, my dears. Have patience during the darker colder months. As the light grows, you will gain energy and stamina and your sense of purpose will return.

For now, allow yourself to close your eyes, cover yourself in comfort, breathe, sleep and dream. You rest knowing this time your body needs for renewal will not last forever.

Trust the rhythm of your days, the seasons of your life, the wisdom of your body. Trust the needs and longings of your spirit.

When you love and nurture yourself in this way, you truly know what it is to love yourself unconditionally.

New Years thoughts

It is the season… for releasing the old and welcoming the new

…for renewing yourself in mind body and spirit

…for reconnecting with your dreams

…to reaffirm your soul’s purpose.

…To gently clear out all that would keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns of the past.

Single feather in winter

Release with blessings and gratitude those people, places, actions, beliefs and situations that no longer work for you, that now feel out of harmony, off balance; those that drain you; obligations that numb your mind; those places and traditions that shatter your peace; Entertainment that hurts your heart; People you you must defend your sensitivity against; Beliefs that harm you and others.

Welcome the new with confidence and grace

Be patient as you shift into new beliefs that lift you up, healthier thought patterns, new pathways and plans for a well lived life, creative new ideas and goals.

Welcome the light, the source of all things, into a creative partnership with yourself as you step up to a new level of self understanding, love, harmony and flow.

Winter robin

Be kind and gentle with yourself as you navigate this amazing time of change, transition and transformation.

Welcome to the New Year!

Journey to your spirit

No matter what happens in your life, no matter how you feel, no matter how fearful angry frustrated or hurt you feel, your infinite spirit is always with you.

It is at your center, knowing your wholeness, tending and holding the eternal flame of your being. Your spirit lights the way in the darkness for you to reclaim and rediscover your true self. It is whole and complete and calm underneath the dark storm clouds of emotion and fear.

Heavy storm clouds in winter

When you are hurting, tap into the spirit at your center, your wise self, and ask for guidance and comfort. When you are in pain, ask the light deep within you for relief and healing and insight.

When you are angry, ask your spirit, your higher self to show you how to release the anger in healthy ways. Ask to let it fuel your growth and creativity and show you how to create boundaries that keep you safe and protected.

If you cannot tap into your spirit or have never known the light and wisdom at your center, ask for help from a loving friend, kind therapist or wise healer to mirror back to your your light and your amazing bright star of wisdom, wholeness, and purpose deep at your core.

Late evening sky

Take a journey of discovery through your inner landscape and get to know your indestructible spirit.

It is not an easy journey, but it is worth it!

Holiday Traditions

Have you bitten off more than you can chew? Over committed to others, under committed to yourself? Are you running on empty?

Must you uphold tired old traditions that suck you dry, exhaust and deplete you?

Have you fallen into the “we’ve always done it this way” trap, or the “so and so expects it” trap? The guilt trap?

Do your expectations for your holiday celebrations match the reality of your needs, energy, desires and wishes?

Male cardinal in winter

Be honest with yourself and kind to yourself as you create fresh new holiday plans and loving new traditions that honor your deepest needs as an autonomous human being and a unique individual.

Do it your way!

This life you are living is yours to shape. You are the potter, life is your clay.

You can free yourself from stale and unhealthy patterns that have been built up over years of others living on autopilot.

Keep what you love, discard the rest.

Within whatever confines you find yourself this holiday season, be creative, be true to yourself.

You can celebrate the holidays in ways that honor and respect your deepest self.

Your Creative Space

Are you a creator?

Perhaps you have a beautiful sunny room stocked with the materials and equipment of your creative passion, maybe an art studio with an easel, palette, paints, brushes, canvases, a printing press, inks, good paper, sketch pads, pencils pens and stacks of your visual doodlings, project ideas and plans, trays and drawers of works in progress, framed works lining the walls…

You might have a garden shed stacked with many sizes and shapes of pots and special soil amendments waiting for spring, garden plans you’ve drawn out, drying herbs, catalogs with glossy photos of the plants you want to grow, a place for seeds, gardening books, small and large tools to help you plant, cultivate, harvest, and create your piece of heaven on Earth.

Red crab apples in fall

Or, perhaps your creativity is less visible to the naked eye. Remember this, even if you feel you have no creative bone in your body, as a human being you are a creator by definition.

You create your life from the inside out, just as a spider spins her web from the depths of her body to create her masterwork, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs emanate from you with an energetic reality, creating the conditions, climate and expectations, the focus and foundation for your experience.

Magnificent spider web

Even if you are not an artist, a gardener, a musician, a woodworker a designer with a fancy studio, you have your own creative space in your mind and heart that is yours and yours alone.

Use the tools you’ve been given – thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, the ability to focus, to set intentions, and your ability to visualize and plan for the future to create and shape the life you desire.

You first imagine the life you intend within the creative space of your inner being. Line up your thinking, feeling, beliefs, your speech, your expressions, your actions with the life you intend to create.

With patience mindfulness and persistence you can create a beautiful life for yourself. Masterworks take time, my dears.

How does your garden grow?

Dear friends, Since I am taking a week off, I’ve chosen an encore post to share with you today.  Blessings, –Betty

As you live, you sow seeds that will root and grow long after your spirit has left your body. You are the master gardener of your life! You get to decide what to cultivate and what to weed out and throw on the compost pile.

Humans like you put out seeds through ideas, thoughts, words, actions, your vibrations and the tone of your feelings. Do you sow seeds of connection or division? Fear or love? Empowerment for others, or control of others? Do you sow seeds of indifference or passion? You get to choose!

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Jack-in-the-pulpit berries

When you think and send loving thoughts, you plant a seed. When you smile at another person, you plant a seed. When you put others down, you plant a seed. When you blame others you plant a seed.

When you denigrate yourself, you plant a seed. When you allow yourself to be less than you know you can be, you plant a seed.

Now I ask you: How does your garden grow? Is your garden one of fear, self doubt, dis-empowerment? Or is your garden seeded with peace, calm, confidence, love affirmation for yourself and others?

What legacy to you wish to leave your loved ones and the others who inhabit and inherit this planet? The seeds you plant today will make a difference for years to come! You get to choose!

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Silver Maple seeds

Begin your garden planning now. If you’ve grown crops that felt thorny and inedible in the past, you get to start over. Think about what you want to grow. Look at the old weeds and unwanted seedlings with love as you weed them. Let them fuel your compost pile and fertilize new growth!

Plant only those seeds that lift you up! Tend your garden with loving care, and your harvest will delight and inspire you and future generations!

How do you use technology?

Dear ones, do you use your technology mindfully in support of your highest good, your health and wholeness?

Or does your glowing little screen rule your life and keep you corralled and dependent? Does it limit your freedom?

Some of the human created reality blasted into your brain each day is meant to get you hooked and addicted to the content others have curated and chosen for you to digest and believe. I ask you for your health and well being to become an expert at discernment, to choose wisely what you will consume.

Think about this. When feelings of self worth come to you from the outside in, they are not genuine, not the real thing. True self worth and autonomy grow organically from the center of your being in partnership with source and radiate outward to enrich the web of life and all beings.

The phony, the fake, that which is chosen to root into your mind and addict you is not in your highest good. The words images are chosen just for you to make you feel insecure, to make you want things, to limit your creativity, to make you click and spend, to make you forget your true self and to make you believe this fake reality this phony feeling of connection is better than the real thing.

In your true and deep and abiding heart, in some corner of your mind your intuition knows who you really are and what is right for you. Do not sell or hand over your most precious gift for anything!

Use your technology wisely and well. You are the boss of your life! Make technology your servant.

Web of creation

When life feels bleak and wintry, when your spark is extinguished your light clouded over, can you find in the innermost part of yourself the quiet voice that asks you to “trust”?

Your higher self asks you to trust that you are supported by the web of life, to trust that there is a wisdom larger than you can imagine that hears your longings, knows your heart, that weaves all possibilities and prayers into the great tapestry of life on this planet.

Goldenrod

The web of life creates the fabric of your experiences from the raw material of your thoughts your expressions of language emotion and art, your actions, your beliefs.

This is the language of creation! This is how you ask for what you desire!

So learn to trust life. Learn to channel your thoughts, words, creations, feelings, and beliefs to reflect the life you desire.

Even when times feel tough, remember that you can learn to see your life from a higher perspective, see the larger reality, the big patterns. Knowing this, you can learn to shift these patterns into alignment with your deepest purpose.

Colored maple leaves

The web of life has your back. It supports and creates the life you are asking for, building it with the energy of your thoughts, words and actions.

Find your sweet spot

You as humans are creatures of the light. But you need the dark to be healthy and thrive. You must create a balance.

First you must sleep in the dark, dreaming, recharging and renewing your bodies and minds, then waking and soaking in the light, acting, getting things done, creating the life you dream of.

Within this balance of light and dark, action and rest, you find your sweet spot so you can create and sustain a thriving life.

I as a towering cottonwood tree must find my balance between spring growth and winter rest, between roots and branches.

Grandmother Cottonwood

I would not want to topple over in a windstorm for lack of roots, top heavy with huge and heavy limbs. I would not want to waste my energy sending cottonwood sized roots deep and wide into the soil to support a small and modest crown the size of an apple tree.

To be healthy, the Earth and her atmosphere must strike a balance between hot and cold, wet and dry, storm and calm, ebb and flow, flood and drought, summer and winter, health and sickness…

All living creatures, the Earth among us, must find our balance, our sweet spot for thriving and living in our world of cycles and seasons, of fear and love.

Limitless potential

Every step you take is a step into the unknown. Perhaps you tread on familiar ground… But today, this moment, this step is new different from yesterday. Your thoughts and feelings are new. Many of the billions of cells of your body are new since yesterday.

As you wake each morning, you are stepping into a new day with limitless potential within the confines of your human existence.

Prairie grasses, morning light

You create your life new each morning. If you wish it, your thinking can be new, your expectations and intentions, your focus, your resistance to or allowing of the flow of source energy.

Take baby steps! Reframe your habitual state of mind one thought, one feeling, one belief at a time. If they are tired and stale, if they keep you stuck in a rut, find new thoughts to replace them.

Take heart and courage for your life’s journey. You have the power to reinvent your life each new day, each moment.

Amazing spider web

Create a blueprint of your desires. Now allow your thinking, feeling and believing to line up with your plan with slow yet steady progress.

If you find yourself back on square one, forgive yourself, then dust yourself off and begin again.