Balance

This life is so much more than “earning a living” -receiving a paycheck for expending your life’s energy in front of a computer screen, at a desk, in a factory You may love you work, be good at it and look forward to it…

Is there balance in your life? Do you allow yourself rest and play? Time with others, time alone?

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Jack in the pulpit berries

Do you allow yourself actions that make your soul shine, your heart sing? Can you relax and enjoy quiet time without defining yourself as lazy?

Do you tune into your heart and ask if you’re on the right track? Do you correct your course when you veer off your path?

The heart calculates so much more than the money and physical abundance circulating in your life. Your heart calculates your deepest dreams and desires, the purpose of your spirit, the need for all living things to connect with others and with the earth, our deep longing for oneness.

Tune into your heart and find out how to live a balanced and whole life that will satisfy every level of your being – Body, mind, spirit, and emotions.

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The foundation of your life

You may be under the impression that your life is built on a foundation and structure of bone and muscle, ligaments, connective tissue and sinew. You may believe that food is your fuel and energy supply, that blood is your life force.

Look deeper, dear ones! At the physical level, you are supported by bone and fueled by food. But deeper within your being lies the framework for your life, and the fabric of energy which underlies your body, gives it form, connects you to all that is.

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Painted lady butterfly

Your spirit is the endless source of your energy and inspiration, fuel for you life and satisfaction for your soul.

While you live on this earth you must take good care of your body, feed yourself, stay warm and dry- survive as a physical being. But, to truly thrive you must care for your spirit.  Care for it with the same attention you give to your body!

Care for the energy tapestry that is the true foundation of your existence, underpinning the body.  Your spirit calls you to live large, to embrace the expanded view of yourself, to experience the whole of you.

Your spirit is all that you know to be you, your thought patterns, feelings, emotions, ideas, intuitions, beliefs, opinions, dreams, hopes, plans, motivations, connections with others, with all that is… and cannot be separated from your body. You are a package deal!

To care for your spirit and soul, love and develop compassion for yourself. Gradually move your thoughts and beliefs to those that support and uplift you and others. Allow your emotions to flow through you…. learn to forgive those you resent,  pay attention to the you that is more than physical, honor your life’s purpose!

You came to this earth in physical form to express your spirit, the foundation of your existence!

Ego fear

Set aside your fear – the fear that keeps you small, keeps you invisible, keeps you from your light and power. Tuck it in, kiss it goodnight, read it a bedtime story. Now shut the door to the room where your ego fear resides and go on about your business of living in your full power.

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Grandmother Cottonwood’s gift

Your ego fear is the voice of your past, trying to keep you safe, comfortable, perhaps invisible and small. It means well… but you have outgrown it!

When you speak and communicate with your ego fear, do you use confident clear language – or do you sound tentative, indecisive, unsure of yourself? Remember that you are the boss, the parent. Your wise self is meant to be in control.

Let the fear know you hear it, feel it, understand it, as you would an anxious child. Let it know you will still do what you mean to do. You will do what needs to be done, what you have been called to do whether the fear agrees or not.

You live in the here and now! In the past, your fear was warranted, it may have been needed for physical and emotional survival.

Now that you are an adult, find compassion for the fear from your past that tries to keep you small. Acknowledge it, feel it, then step into your power and shine your light!

Stand in your light

Are you ready to come out of the shadows, take a chance, and stand in your light?

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Dragonfly on iris leaf

It takes guts, stamina, courage, commitment, and willingness to be seen and heard. Are you willing to risk rejection from others who don’t understand?

When you stand in your light, you know that you are deeply rooted to the earth!  You know your full creative power, and your will, aligned with all that is. You feel the power and beauty of your expanded heart.  You speak with  a clear strong voice.  You trust your intuitive knowing.  You a maintain and nurture a strong connection to the divine.

If you own a human body, you have been given these gifts.

You can develop your gifts – expand them, embrace them and emerge into your full light and power – at your pace, in the timing that suits you.

These gifts, when acknowledged and nurtured will guide you to your highest good.  What is in your highest good is in the highest good of all that is! Strengthen yourself and you strengthen the web of all things!

Enjoy the journey!

The most important fact

Have you come to a point where you must choose one way or the other way? Do you have trouble making up your mind and holding firm to your choices? Is your attention is scattered unfocused, spread too thin?

You need the facts, my friend. And the most important fact is what your heart desires; how you feel!

 

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Indigo bunting

Yes, you can gather and glean the sort of facts and figures that can be found in an encyclopedia, a reference manual, an expert opinion. You can do this til the cows come home and your brain is overstuffed and you can recite the reasons why and why not in your sleep.

Yet if the facts and figures and rational thought of your logical mind tell you one thing, and your heart tells you another, you must pay attention and give equal weight to your heart.

The energy and intuition of your heart is connected to all that is – the wisdom, the knowing, the love. It extends beyond the “logical zone”.

When you tune into your heart with compassion awareness and acceptance, you are no longer in the logical zone. You are in a new dimension entirely. Do not fear, for here you are supported and uplifted by the loving heart of the universe.

If your mind tells you you may not have what your heart desires, ask your higher self – How can I make this work? Please show me and guide me to the solutions my heart desires that also work for me on a practical level. Let go of fear and trust your heart!

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.

Be fully embodied

Do you spend precious moments wishing you were somewhere else, doing something else?

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Grandmother Cottonwood, fall color

Do you tighten the interior of your body as you do this – perhaps your throat or your heart?

Pay attention to the subtle ways you shut down the flow of energy through your body and withdraw your attention from what is while avoiding the present moment. Do not feel singled out, Dear one, for all humans do this.

Your impatience with what is has distracted you from your beautiful life, made up of moments just like this. This is your life!  Life provides you with many chances to shift your focus and come into the power of your present moment each day.

Remedy this shutting down of your energy by giving attention to your inner world of feeling, sensation, muscle bone and blood, the subtle opening and closing, the inhale and exhale, pain and ease, contraction, expansion, warmth and coolness. The sensations of your body create a window for you to experience this present moment, to slow down, to be here now.

Will you reach the moment of your death and know that you were too impatient to be fully present for yourself and your beloved ones? Or will you choose to live fully embodied? Bring your awareness down into your body and live in this moment!

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