Patient like a tree

Can you be patient like a tree?

Can you stand steadfast when the storms rage? Can you set forth leaves blossoms and fruit when the season is right?

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Grandmother Cottonwood, dormant

Can you let go of the old, the superfluous, last year’s leaves when they no longer feed your heart and soul? Can you rest and sleep and pull your attention inward during the long winter, gathering strength for the growth to come?

Can you feel the magnetic pull of mother earth in your roots, allowing them to be pulled into the soil and subsoil so you will be anchored deeply to your home? No matter how high and wide your reach, your deep roots will keep you secure through all seasons and all weather.

Can you allow your branches and leaves to reach and turn to the sun, to soak up and absorb the life giving light and warmth? These precious gifts are freely given to you!  They are your birthright!

When you stand tall and steadfast, when you live according to your life’s rhythms, you bless this earth with your presence; you know you belong here, a vital element in life’s tapestry. You will endure!

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Wheel of the year

It is the season for low slanting sunlight, the silent message all living creatures are attuned to. Summer is past, winter will come. The wheel of the year turns.

Live each day, each moment, each breath fully, for the cycle of the year teaches us that all physical things change – nothing you can see, touch, taste, hear, smell, hold in your hand is permanent. Even the rocks beneath your feet will erode away. The huge trees that shade and shelter you will grow old and decline as young trees take their place in the canopy.

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Painted lady butterfly on red zinnia

You too are an integral part of the wheel of life.

Can you let go of what was once true about you and accept the realty of your now? Perhaps you still expect to see a physically beautiful young adult looking back from your mirror, but instead see a gray haired grandparent…

Beneath the physical aspect of our reality – which so many of you seem so attached to – lies your indestructible spirit and that, my dear will never grow old, never die.

As the earth cycles into a new season, as your body grows older, as the landscape changes beneath your feet, Remember your indestructible spirit that lies at the very heart of your existence here on our beloved planet.

Autumn years

A woman in her autumn years can release the excess, the unneeded, from her life, the outdated thoughts, feelings, the extra objects, the people who drag her down, the dead weight, the job that does not feed her soul, the old dreams that no longer feed her passions.

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Nearly full moon

She can let go of worry about her looks… She can let go, let go, and let go again, only to find there is more to let go of.

When she is empty and hollow and rests in her emptiness, she will be filled once again with new dreams that inspire, with passion to create, a new unconditional love for others, a knowing of her inner power and strength. She will know in every cell her indestructible inner beauty and light, she will focus with clarity on what really matters to her and to the planet that is her home. She will be graced with full acceptance of her many gifts.

As the moon wanes each month to complete darkness and waxes once again to full light in the age old cycle, you too must let go, and let go again, so you can be refilled, refreshed, filled with new energy. You who know and own yourself!

Live your life from the inside out. Let your life rest on the inner wisdom, light and love that power and fuel you! Everything else is like leaves in autumn.

Letting go

The season of letting go has come around on the cosmic wheel once again. I will soon release this year’s crop of golden leaves that soaked up the sun and fed me all summer. It is the time of the waning year, the waning moon. Time to let go.

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Grandmother Cottonwood, golden leaf

I must release my beautiful crown of leaves that shimmered in the breeze through sunlight and shadow, moonlight and midsummer heat. They will not needed during the cold dark months.

Releasing, surrendering, letting go – good practice for the final act of letting go that all living creatures must experience – a rehearsal for death, the great transition.

I bow to the cycles of life and death, to the inevitable. I make ready for winter, withdraw my attention from outward things, pull my awareness inward, down to my roots as my sap cools and subsides.

I will soon be ready for my winter’s rest, my dreaming time. There will be nothing to grasp hold of, no responsibilities, nothing to do or be or have, no agenda, no leaves to maintain. All the trappings of summer – released.

I may seem inert, even dead to those who pass by, yet deep inside, in my roots, below the surface of the soil, my inner hearth fire embers glow, ready to spring into life once again after the long winter nights give way to spring.

A shift in the weather

Those who pay attention with hearts as well as minds will know and feel a change in the weather, a shift in the air. The greater heat in summer, the northward migration of warm loving species, the wetter snows, the thawing ice, the balmy winters, the unsettled weather as the earth warms.

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Dying tree

Growing things, winged creatures, 4 legged ones are stressed by this disruption to our age old fabric of existence, the climate in which we have all learned to thrive over eons of time.

Our atmosphere is heavy with exhaust of human creation beyond her limits and capacity to cleanse. Dear ones it will take your collective wisdom will and heart to cease the pollution of your planet; to clear the air, purify the water, to bless the earth once again with a healthy balance of interests between all living things.

What good are your billions of dollars when the earth herself can no longer sustain the life we have known for millennia?

Life itself is the prize. Preserve and protect and nurture all living things.

Heal the web of life! Begin the healing within yourself.

Ice

The world is coated with ice. A thin shell covers all surfaces with high glass.

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Frozen stream

There is rare beauty in this icy landscape. This is your mother earth speaking to you in her native language.

She speaks in the language of weather, of light and dark, of warm, cold, ice, and snow, summer heat, thunder, lightning, of growth and life, of seasons, cycles of life and death, of deep soil, bedrock, rivers, streams, oceans, a variety of landscapes from desert to tundra, to mountains and valleys.

Will you hear and understand her messages? Will you pay attention with an open heart and mind?

During this icy time it is time to pull inward, and stay warm at home, wrapped in a winter chrysalis that protects and allows renewal.

We freeze and become petrified with cold, yet a thaw will come and all will flow freely once again.

New beginnings

The planet tilts, the sun returns, winter will merge into spring once again in its own sweet time.

Under the frozen ground life takes a nap, hibernates, gathering energy, living off last year’s fat.

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Winter cottonwoods

 

You too need times of rest, time to go underground, to let go and recharge your life force.

You who live in warm weather all year, remember to take time to give yourself the luxury of a little “winter” retreat.

Just rest a bit from your endless pushing and striving and wanting and buying and doing. Recharge and renew yourselves, body, mind, spirit, emotions.

Rise up into the strengthening light with new energy and passion and inspiration to greet the life giving sun.  Give yourself the gift of a new beginning.

Blessings

May you be open to receive and appreciate the stream of blessings that flow to you in endless supply-

Warmth in winter, your comfortable home, the light that obeys at the flick of a switch, the clean pure water that flows when you need it, your daily food in countless combinations and varieties…

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Cardinal in winter

 

 

The sunlight that makes all life possible. The earth under your feet supporting and feeding your life…

The starry night sky, the moonlit snowy landscape showing you the immensity of all that is, that there is more than this earth. Life is larger than any living thing can comprehend, yet you are here now. And you are blessed beyond measure…

The purring, happy, funny, friendly, joyful dancing, loving pets of your home, the patient potted plants that share and clean the air you breathe, and provide green in the dead of winter…

The inspiration that powers your life, the passion for creating that is inseparable from you. The music that moves you to your feet, that touches your heart, the infinite world of color that delights the eyes, the art that touches your emotions…

All living things, from butterfly to elephant, ant to honeybee, garter snake to eagle, grasses, moss, trees, all flowering, seeding, fruiting things rooted in the earth…

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Jack in the pulpit berries

Your amazing body that serves you for a lifetime, allowing your spirit to have a physical experience on this earth.  The muscles and bones and sinew that form your framework, the heart that beats without exception your life long…

The warm touch of a loved one’s hand, their kind and loving words, the feel of their energy, the sound of their familiar voice, laughter from the heart….

The ability to see and taste and touch and know all the blessings that are yours every day of your life on earth – and to know they are good.

Winter solstice

Dear ones, those of us rooted in the north now notice the low sun dipping ever more to the south, day by day inching toward the horizon. Perhaps you at the so called top of the world are already plunged into darkness.

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Grandmother Cottonwood low winter sunlight

Once again we have faith and we know as the ancient ones knew that our sun, the life giving sun, will soon be reborn and with its resurgence will come spring – new life – and summer once again when all growing things rejoice in life itself!

For now, during the darker time, the short days, gather in, rest, sit snug by the fire. Go inward and make plans. Cease your endless striving for a time. Under the frozen ground life is whispering, renewing itself.  It will return in its own true time.

Now at the solstice it is time to rest, renew and rejoice in the cycles of life and death, light and dark, rest and action. You too are attuned to these primal rhythms.

You are light. You are dark. You are sunshine and shadow. Embrace the whole of you, the whole of all of life.

Rest and dream

Will you rest and dream with me this winter?

Rest for a little while. Let go of all you normally hold tight to, letting go of control for a time. Allow your beautiful selves the luxury and freedom of nothing to worry about, nothing to push for, nothing to do, nothing to think. Simply be with no agenda for a time.

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Winter nest

 

Dream with me. Remember the earth memories deep in our cells from the ancestors- the primeval forests, vast herds of grazing animals, clear flowing waters, wide stretches of unbroken prairie, lakes filled with fish of all descriptions, towering forests standing thousands of years, our roots gripping the cool rich earth, reaching toward the sun, anchoring us to this place.

Within all creatures reside the deep primal memories of nature in balance, of peace and harmony.