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Can you allow yourself an hour or two of contentment each day? If that seems like a tall order, how about 15 minutes?

A few minutes, an hour or two of simply feeling at peace with your life, letting go of wanting something you don’t have, letting go of striving for the next goal, letting go of pushing ahead, letting go of forcing things to happen, will bring a refreshing new serenity to your life.

Grandmother Cottonwood

The energy frequency of contentment ripples through the web of life bringing more peace to all living beings on this earth.

Contentment is living in the moment. It is bringing your awareness to the here and now and knowing that life is good, that you have everything you need for this hour, that in this moment and the next and next, all is well.

For this hour of contentment, there is nowhere you have to go, no one you have to meet, nothing you have to do unless it contributes to your happiness.

When you know contentment, your body mind and spirit feel calm, relaxed, and satisfied. Can you give yourself this precious gift?

Healing fear

We (nature and tree spirits) are the observers. We observe by sensing your energy without judgment. We feel when you are anxious, when you are sad or grieving. We feel your joy, your buoyancy, and delight. We also feel your fear.


Heavy clouds in late summer


When many of you feel and tap into a widespread fear vibration, it chokes off your connection to the earth energy and heavenly light energy that sustains life. It affects all living things around you; it hurts you.

Collective fear damages the web of all things. It creates an ugly rift in the beautiful patterns that are meant to be. It can hollow you out.

Get to know your personal fear. Does it come from outside or inside of you? Where do you feel it in your body? What sensations are created in your body?

Have others planted this fear in you for their own agenda? Does it resonate with your existing worries and those of your family?  Do your thoughts and beliefs support this fear? Are they true?  Examine them!

Slowly begin to shift to more loving peaceful thoughts and beliefs, more supportive of the harmonious life you wish to live.  Find the tiniest threads each day of gratitude, of satisfaction, of  contentment and follow them back to the calm at your center.

As you shift from fear to peace you reweave the web of all things. Those around you will feel the shift to a more peaceful vibration as well.

Be at peace

Be at peace in this moment!

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Iowa woodland, sunlight and shadow

Your thoughts can easily yank you headfirst out of the here and now, away from the sensations of the body, the feelings of the heart, and the energy of emotion to a world inside your head. That world contained in your cranium can become a battle ground, an argument with yourself, a roller coaster of worry…

Contained in your seemingly thick skulls are enough worried thoughts and anxious ideas to hijack your peaceful nature, to kidnap your peace of mind and well being.  They can get you caught up in the never ending loop of your brain on worry: “What did he mean by that?”  “There isn’t enough…”  “Why was she so angry?”  and on and on and on…

Let yourself relax. Don’t take yourself so seriously! Laugh and smile enjoy the healing energy that laughter brings.  Pause for a moment and notice the golden sunlight dancing on the leaves of a nearby tree, the shifting dappled shade beneath. Enjoy the feeling of the breath entering and leaving your body, the rise and fall of the belly.

Pay attention to the here and now and most moments in your life will be peaceful and serene.