Have you been shut up in the house due to extreme cold, heavy weather, ice and snow? Has the sun hidden under thick layers of gray cloud for many days?
Please dear friends, come out of your warm winter cages and move your bodies. Breathe in the fresh cool air. Put one foot in front of the other, find a way to let nature heal and revive you with her pure clear air, her life giving light, the birds that sing their ancient songs, the animals that play their age-old games.
Nature revives you with her healing power of renewal. Witness the dark leafless tree branches writing on the sky, like ink on parchment – nature’s own calligraphy. They are soon to be covered in lacy green leaves unrolling to soak in the warm sunlight.
Each step you take, each breath moves vital energy throughout your body circulating your life force, connecting you to the rhythms of life, rhythms of the earth.
You can continue as you have been, or try something new. You can step out of your comfort zone. You can move away from the familiar, try something different from your accustomed actions, thoughts, beliefs, and ways of relating to others.
Try a new path, see where it takes you. Trust. Take heart and try something new when life has lost its color and magic when you do not like where you stand.
I see walkers bikers runners zip downhill past me without losing their momentum. Taking the easy road. Others slow down and take time to notice me and my companion trees. Some of those who slow down on the path will take the gentle turning into the open meadows and continue in a new direction.
The sun at their back as they continue down the hill is now lighting their side as they continue to the south.
Changing your perspective, the angle of light, your inner landscape, changing your direction does not need to threaten your place or overthrow your entire life, but can bring you fresh ideas and new energy.
Even a slight change in direction can open up delightful new possibilities. Do not change direction to escape and deny your reality but to heal and see it from a new perspective to renew and regenerate and bring fresh energy to your life.
Start with baby steps – New ways of relating to others, a new positive belief about yourself. Stir things up a little, and have some fun.
Dear ones, when you are hurting, let nature soothe you. When you need a rest, let nature refresh you. When you need space, let nature provide a refuge.
When your heart grieves, nature gently embraces you with her fresh greens in spring, her new shoots, her bursting growth, flowing water, swiftly moving cloud formations, impromptu thunder showers that threaten, break with intensity, then dissipate and roll away to the east, leaving a pure blue sky.
Let nature soothe your soul with the deep rich colors of autumn, the dappled and shifting shade on a hot summer day.
In winter, the deep silence enfolds you, even in the coldest cruelest months there is a stark beauty , an elegance of light and dark of bare reaching branches against the pure white snow. Breathing the pure clear air, walking through the quiet woods, moving your body can bring serenity to your day.
Once again in spring the wildflowers open and share their delicate beauty with all who take the time to notice. You see a haze of pale green about the woods as new leaves unroll.
Nature can soothe with her steady rhythms, the stream, deep and running fast in spring, frozen in winter, always new yet ancient, timeless. Changing seasons, the return of geese and ducks and robins, nest building season, times of incubation, hatching, fledging and flight.
Let yourself lean back against a tree and absorb the loving energy, feel the solidity, let it anchor you to the earth. Here you can create a stronghold for your heart and mind and body. Here you will find a peaceful refuge when times are hard, a place of solitude, renewal, and safety.
Pay attention to your feelings as you commune with nature. Playful squirrels might bring laughter and fun, the bright colored songbirds might help you feel hopeful, the drumming of the woodpeckers and their bright markings, the breeze through the branches can give you a backdrop of peace. Twin fawns observing you from a thicket can bring a sense of awe.
Let nature soothe, heal, comfort ,and restore you. In every moment, you will find a new possibility in her healing powers to discover and appreciate.
Allow yourself time in nature each day. Take her in through your senses to renew and restore your life.
Do you feel there is a weakness, a stigma in asking for and receiving help when you are down? Do you feel that others will judge you unworthy?
When you are grieving or sad, when anger and resentment get the better of you, when you are overwhelmed by your feelings, do you feel that you must go it alone, tough it out, grit your teeth and be tough, keep your emotions in check, put on a happy face?
You are not meant to live isolated from each other, separate, apart, trying to move mountains of grief, sadness, depression alone.
My dears, I fear this strategy will keep you stuck and unhappy, that your life will be so much smaller, duller, and grayer than it could be otherwise.
No it is not easy! But you did not come to earth in a body for a life of constant ease. You came with a purpose.
When your old baggage interferes with your true life’s purpose, when you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward, can you allow yourself to receive love and compassion?
Can you find a loving friend, caring therapist or healer to help you lighten your emotional burdens and free yourself from the weight you carry?
Allowing yourself to be vulnerable, to admit you are human, will help you get back on your true path of life lived in the light.
When you ask for and receive help, your life can begin to shine in full color once again.
I sleep in the dark winter months after letting go of my cloak of golden autumn leaves, waking as my sap rises in spring and my buds unroll to soak in the sunlight…. It is my yearly cycle of life, death and life again. This is who I am! I am at peace.
Observe the age-old cycles of the moon, from full brilliant light to complete darkness, then back gradually to full light again. Each phase of the moon is necessary to the next, an integral part of the whole pattern.
She teaches patience, timing, renewal, shining brightly, allowing herself to rest in darkness, then rising and shining again.
Do you as a woman resist the time of blood each month, call it a curse? Do you fear the change of life, fear that you will be finished, washed up, that you will be invisible, a dried up husk?
Do you as a man fear the time of life when your physical strength diminishes, when you slow down?
We are all creatures of Earth’s rhythms and cosmic cycles, each species with its own patterns and timing. You too have your seasons of growth, death of the old, rebirth, and regeneration.
Your ever present breath, like waves on a beach; your constant heartbeat, your rhythmic footsteps; your patterns of waking and sleeping accompany you all your days and nights on this earth.
Let your rhythms soothe you, let the breath and heartbeat carry you to sleep at night. Let them calm you when you are anxious.
Let your footfalls and the easy swing of your arms grace your day as you move about your business. Can you slow down and pay attention to these subtle movements within you?
Dear one, this season you find yourself in is your reality now! You are precious as you are! You are as you are meant to be!
When you know this, you will learn to live in harmony with the cycles and seasons of your life, large and small.
My dear beloved ones, do you flow with the rhythms, cycles and seasons of your lives, or do you resist them and run your life by the clock, the work schedule, the calendar, or the convenience of others? Life is so much easier when you allow yourself to be as nature in her ageless wisdom created you.
It feels wonderful to ride the wave of your life as it rises, crests and peaks in periods of well-being, happiness and maybe even joy…
The wave you are riding may at times dip downward into the shadows, into a place you may not have been before. Perhaps the wave takes you to a place of darkness, of strong emotions, grief, or illness.
Can you remain steadfast as you pay attention to the energy that wants and needs to move through you? Can you be still and allow yourself to feel what you feel? Can you focus on your breath and heartbeat as you feel?
(Ask for help from a healer, therapist or friend if you are feeling overwhelmed…)
In time you will rise back up into the light, renewing and recharging yourself, rediscovering your passions, reinventing your life – like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly!
It is in the nature of waves to rise and fall, then rise again.
The cycle of life comes around once more as day follows night. It can assist you in letting go of the old tired ways of being, washing through you, clearing you of the unhealthy patterns and feelings you’ve held onto. Know that, like the moon, you will move into the light once again and shine brightly!
Take a tip from the animal community and hibernate a little while – otherwise known as taking a long winter’s nap…
Also the society of deciduous trees recommends that you go dormant awhile. Let go of excess baggage & rest during the dark and cold months when you feel the need.
Can you let go of racing thoughts, to-do lists and rest when your body signals the need? Can you let your awareness dissolve into dreamspace for a time and renew, repair, and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with high quality sleep?
Does your brain command you to do, do, do and give you no time for rest or relaxation? A revving engine in a rusted, broken, worn out body will get you nowhere!
So, take good care of your body! Take it in for regular maintenance! Sleep, wholesome food, movement, fresh air, relaxation! This is your soul’s vehicle on earth. Surrender to its needs, pay attention to its rhythms and messages.
The wisdom of your body is subtle. Pay
attention and come into balance, body, mind and spirit.
Do you live in the clouds thinking the physical body is not worthy of your attention, that it is not spiritual enough? Or do you spend most of your time in your lower body, rejecting all messages of the spirit and whisperings of the heart as woo woo and irrelevant to your needs?
My dears, in both cases, you are out of balance.
You came to this earth with a human body! You are meant to live fully in your body on earth while connecting with the divine! It is your birthright!
When you live in your head and constantly float in the spiritual clouds – to find balance, gently bring awareness to your lower body.
A tree without roots cannot stand!
Go slowly, learn to feel what you feel. Be gentle and kind to yourself as you do this. Get to know your root, sacral and solar plexus chakras. Get to know the sensations in your feet and legs, your gut and stomach area, the center of your chest.
Learn to decode your body’s signals as you tune in to your real feelings and emotions. Let yourself feel your body communicate its wisdom in this way. Remember to breathe!
Find a healer or therapist to help if you need it!
When you live mostly in the lower body – to find more balance in your life bring your awareness to your heart, throat, brow and crown chakras.
A tree cannot grow without a crown of leaves to collect life giving sunlight!
Let yourself be open to intuitions, feelings, little whispers and messages from your heart and spiritual guidance that represent true wisdom. Can you allow yourself to connect to something larger than yourself, to become a receiver for spirit while living fully in your body?
See what happens! Try to find some quiet each day, and gently tune in, open your heart and mind to new possibilities in life as you create true balance.
We are meant to live fully in our bodies while receiving guidance and wisdom from spirit!
Every season, every feeling, every kind of weather, every person in your world has their place in the great panorama of your life. If you feel irritated, unhappy, too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry, if you are blocked by snowstorms, that is simply your reality in the moment.
Do you push your current reality from your mind and curse the weather, wishing the sun would shine, the snow melt? Do you try to avoid the irritating person and pretend they aren’t part of your daily landscape?
Do you resist what is and hope for better things and nicer people? Do you believe the fiction that cold weather is bad, that winter is awful?
In this way, your monkey mind sets you up for unhappiness. Can you take a step back from the whirling thoughts and simply accept what is – the weather, the people, the conditions? …and that they are not going away any time soon?
Can you gradually learn to stop the resistance against what is? It takes a lot of your precious energy to push back against reality day after day, year after year.
When you slow & stop the resistance and live in the pure present moment without judgment, life flows more easily. More energy is available to you to do those things you enjoy.
Of course, I am not advocating staying with an abuser or putting up with misbehavior or dangerous conditions. Do what you can to free yourself if you are stuck in these patterns, and work to change the unhealthy conditions you have some control over.
As you get out of your head and into the present moments of your life, feel the change in you!
When you return home after a long trip or a day at work, or hours of rushing around doing errands, you can relax, be yourself, let down your guard.
At home you can do whatever you want to – wear sweat pants, drink right out of the milk carton, sing out of tune at top volume, feel what you feel.
At home you can lay on the ground under a tree in your yard, watching the branches sway, the shifting shade. You can ignore your to-do list for weeks, if you want to.
Squirrel with a walnut
Likewise when you’re living in the past or future, when you’re hooked by feelings that drag you down, when you’re worried about problems in your life, you can come home to your heart and breath.
Place your palms over your heart and breathe. Bring awareness to your heart and chest Relax into the rhythm and familiarity of your heartbeat, your inhalation and exhalation.
This is your calm place in a storm, a safe and peaceful home that is always with you. This is the haven where you regain your center and find clarity.
Your heart and breath offer a loving space where you can be yourself, can feel what you feel. In this place you can rest and go inward, you can be fully yourself and know the truth of who you are without having to defend or bargain, with no embarrassment or worry.