Sunlight gradually returns to our beloved valley. Winter still reigns with ice snow and cold, but the promise of spring warmth and light and growth feed my dreams.
Soon our community of living beings will wake up. Sharp green shoots of prairie grasses will poke up through last years dead stems and leaves, attracted to the light and heat of the sun.
My tightly closed buds will once again swell and grow large, unrolling tender green leaves as they open to the strong spring light. My beaded seed pods will grow and mature in weeks, finally splitting open to release my seeded fluff on the world.
The vultures will return from their southern vacation to ride the warm updrafts above the evergreens, weaving their figure eights across our valley as they perform their cleanup duties and take their place in the web of life.
Our fur bearing friends will once again play in the treetops and build their nests or dig their burrows, mate and give birth, raise their young, and seek their daily bread.
Hibernating snakes toads and frogs will slowly emerge as the sun warms their hiding places. They’ll soak in the life giving energies of heat and light, warming their bodies in pools of sunlight.
Songbirds will soon return and bring color, music, movement, activity as they select their nesting place and build their beautifully constructed summer homes, lay eggs and raise their young.
The eternal cycle of life and the seasons will play out once again in this small valley we call home. We dream and plan for spring, the season of renewal and awakening.
Must you intoxicate yourself? If so, intoxicate yourself with the summer day.
Lose yourself in the shifting and dappled shade under a friendly tree, the breeze moving through the grasses like waves on the sea.
Female red winged blackbird
Feed your spirit with the shimmering silver leaves on the crown of a cottonwood tree, birdsong, insect music, cloud patterns, rushing water in the creek weaving patterns in the sand and silt, the scent of wildflowers and tree blossoms…
Come under the influence of the soft morning air embracing you, the hoot owl at dusk, patterns of sunlight and shadow in the leafy neighborhoods, soaring birds riding the thermals, the hot sunlit air…
Surrender to the beating of your heart, the breath flowing in and out of your lungs, the weight of your body and limbs as you let yourself rest, as you allow the earth to support you
Fall in love with the moon waxing to full, filling the night sky with her silvery light, waning to new, repeating her ancient cycle without end.
This is your world, your precious gift. Give yourself to it, body and soul.
Betty’s note: GCW has more to say about L of Ames, Iowa’s question about the Orlando shooting. (See previous post)
When will you learn that humans are emotional beings? There is no shame in feeling. Anger is part of your in-body experience. Fear is a part of your in-body experience. Feelings and emotions are messages to you. Allow yourself to receive and decipher the messages! This is vital for your health and the health of the planet you rule!
Red winged blackbird on red sign
Allow your emotions to fuel right action, action that corrects an injustice, action that recreates balance, action that helps bring people together, not split them apart.
When the fuel of anger builds and builds without release, without right action, one tiny spark can ignite it. Get help to clear the anger within you. Do not allow it to build into a weapon of mass destruction, turning it either inward and destroying yourself or outward and destroying others.
See your culture in the mirror of recent destructive events. Healing your culture begins within each of you. Begin a revolution from the inside. Begin in the heart. Clear your anger, learn to let it flow for the good, for justice.
Now teach others for the health of the entire planet. Spread the word. Allow others to express their anger and fear and despair in healthy ways that build us up and bring us together.
Push beyond the fear of being vulnerable. This may take courage! Ironically, in your vulnerability lies your strength. Begin with small actions in the direction of healing and softening your heart.
I speak for healing, for the beauty and power of life on this earth. I ask you to choose to use your considerable powers for creating a planet in which all creatures can live in harmony and peace.