In this moment

Take a moment to celebrate the fullness of your life. Know that all is well in this moment.

Your heart beats in your chest, your in-breath expands your lungs, the out-breath releases and contracts, the slow and sweet rhythm of life flowing and ebbing like waves on a beach.

You have been given the simple yet miraculous gifts of sunlight, fresh air, birdsong, eyes, hands, ears… the senses through which you experience life in your body.

Robin in late winter

If you are a worrier, anxious, fearful or regretful, you might miss the perfection of this moment here and now, the still point between breaths, the simple yet most precious gift of life.

Bring your awareness to your now. Yes, life here on our planet can be difficult and dangerous, fragile, fleeting, unjust, and heartbreaking. Please do not allow fear grief and anger to steal the fullness of this moment here and now as you partake in the beautiful mystery of life on Earth.

Let your mind rest and bring full awareness to the perfection of this particular moment. In this moment, you are safe, you are alive.

Allow yourself to enjoy and appreciate the most precious gift you’ve been given. Life on Earth in a human body.

New Beginnings

Note from Betty:

Dear friends, Grandmother Cottonwood is coming out of retirement.  Since leaving my day job and working through some health issues, I’m feeling a strong pull to begin channeling GCW again and sharing her words with you.

This connection with the magnificent cottonwood tree lights me up and inspires me – so by doing this blog, I am practicing what she preaches! 

May her words inspire and bless you.

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GCW in summer

     On this day, you begin again. You start fresh with a clean slate. You live here and now in this flickering light under my canopy, your heart navigating the journey, your feet bringing you here, step by step.

Now past and future dissolve into this one present moment.  It is the breath, filling and emptying; the breeze stirring my leaves in silver shimmers high above, touching the summer sky.

We are alive!  We have been given the most precious gift of all – Life here on this beloved green planet at this time and in this place.  We each have our place in the ancient circle of life that has sustained our planet for millennia.

If you think your presence here is an accident, a mistake, think again!   A billion or more coincidences, factors, and conditions had to line up perfectly to allow for your creation.

If you think you are helpless, think again! When you align your energy with source, you are a powerful force to be reckoned with

If you think you can’t make a difference in the world, think again!  Every choice you make, every thought you think sends ripples into the universe, creating patterns of energy that interact with others and form what you know as reality.  Choose those thoughts, ideas, feelings, and words that you wish to see made manifest in the world.

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All- that- is desires and needs your presence here, shining your light fully, sharing your unique gifts, your loving energy with clarity, grace and joy!

Tapestry of spirit

You are all connected, yet all on your own, so to speak. You are not permanently joined like paper dolls physically connected at hands and feet.

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Tapestry of summer grasses

Each of you may stand alone, act alone, live alone, feel alone. Yet each of you is connected, a thread in a tapestry, the most exquisite, complex, delightful tapestry that is constantly growing, expanding, and morphing into new and yet more beautiful forms and colors, more joyful expressions.

If you focus on what you consider the ugliness, the mess, the unpleasantness of life around you, you miss the infinite beauty love and uplifting joy that is available to you through this fabric you belong to.

Are you one who sees the only drop of dirty water in the infinite ocean? I ask you to refocus your attention!

This life you’ve been given as the most precious gift imaginable is to be lived in concert with the spirits in all things, and your own spirit, the invisible life force that animates your body. Your spirits know a higher perspective, seeing many lifetimes, knowing the larger patterns of your existence; seeing and knowing the vast sea of light and peace and love that is not always apparent to your physical senses.

Get to know the part of you that is invisible, the part of you that is one with all things alive, all stars, all planets, every blade of grass – All that is.  Get to know the expansive spirit that makes possible your physical presence here on this sweet green earth.

Extend your awareness to include your invisible energy, your spirit.  Feel the power!