Spring marks a time when Mother Nature breathes new life into the earth and everything sleeping awakens. This has been an exceptionally hard winter. I believe we are going through some kind of transition on this earth. We are being called to strengthen ourselves. I have never known a period of growth in any fashion that didn’t require some pain. Awakening to new levels of consciousness is a growing process.
I have to write this as a tribute to what I see happening around me. I am watching my dear friend loose her father to an unbeatable cancer. Although I trust that beyond this storm of sadness and grief, there will be a bittersweet regeneration of her life and heart, I cant deny the pain that she is going through at this moment. I know her father’s soul has a divine plan for her and her family. I’m sure of it because God would not create death if there was not rebirth from the ashes.
A second dear friend is waging war on her fears and insecurities and standing up for her daughters and shedding light on another’s addiction that has controlled them for so long! She is strong and is now tearing down all the old beliefs that no longer serve her. She is protecting her family! Out of the ashes will be a better life.
I have witnessed some of my clients, who have chosen to face their fears about their body image and sign up for a self-empowerment photo session with me, honor and embrace the beauty of their body. I believe for all of them, they have challenged the beliefs of comparison and the definition of what society deems a perfect body. My hope is that they are able to see that they are the perfect, not a decision made by society but made by them.
The agricultural community has been hit hard this winter with death and disease in the cattle due to this unbelievable amount of snow we have received. It has been very sad to say the least, but it is not the demise of these people, nor will it ever be. These are stewards of the animals that count on them. These ranchers would never let their animals down.
I myself, living in town now, no longer living the ranch life, still keep cattle on shares and my small band of sheep, help when I can with a bum calf and lambs from local ranchers. It is in my blood and will never go away. My feelings of loss are present with my poor baby calf not pulling through. But out of the ashes is a mild success. I brought a very weak baby lamb through the night and he took his first steps this morning. With sadness all around us we have to focus on the small victories. They are there if we are willing to see them.
I’m not going to claim to know the Bible or its stories very well, but I have been coming across some material about Jesus and the resurrection lately. Easter is upon us after all. I leaned that lent is a form of purifying the body and soul for the upcoming infusion of grace that is available at the anniversary time of the resurrection of Jesus. I have read that when we purify, we clear out old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us. Our lent has been going on all winter I believe. There has been a major purifying. It has not been easy. But out of the ashes we must believe that there will be rebirth. That with the releasing of the old, there is now room for the new. The new higher belief system that we desperately need at this time! I trust that. I know that is the design! I honor all the souls out there working to make a better life, showing mercy and kindness to the struggling, choosing to clear out the old and bring in the new, mourning their losses and loving so gracefully. This is a time to care for one another and be cared for in return. This is a time to allow love and grace to be apart of our life.