Planting Spring Intentions

  ~The Gift~ Lift one foot.  Surrender Place the other.  Claim Step by step life unfolds behind me The future beckons me forward The path wasn’t clear until I chose it. It will be gone once I have passed. The gift is neither ahead nor behind. The gift is in this choice to surrender and claim This choice to create my life one step at a time. The gift is right here where I am.   Happy Spring everyone!   What a difference the rain makes!! Here in Northern California we are experiencing a robust Spring for the first time in years. The rivers are full, the reservoirs are filling and there is a healthy snow pack. While it’s not enough to end the drought, it sure does help. I can almost hear the land’s huge sigh of relief. Surely, the gift is right here in this moment!   The Spring (or Vernal) Equinox, which we celebrated earlier this week, is a time of exquisite balance. The world stands poised evenly between dark and light. It’s almost like the earth has taken one big winter inhale and is suspended in that briefest of moments before it exhales into spring and summer. For me, the poem I shared above also describes a place of exquisite balance – the one between what was and what is coming to be. Between the inhale and the exhale. Between this step and the next. (If you’d like to sit quietly and simply receive the poem, you can listen to the audio version below) http://tinagreenewisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Gift-Take-3.m4a   As we move into Spring, what are you ready to surrender?...

Woodpile Wisdom: The Power of Simply Starting

  I’ve been hibernating in the woods next to the ocean for the last two months. I’ve had lots of time to marinate in the silence and isolation that always calls to me when the nights get long and the natural world sleeps. I’ve also learned a lot. From my woodpile, no less.   The house I’m in is old and the walls are full of love and life well lived. It’s also cold. And damp, especially in the winter. A wood-burning stove is my primary source of heat. Fortunately, the house comes with its own seemingly endless supply of wood. But the wood is out back and there is no one here to help me move it inside.   When I first arrived, I was totally overwhelmed just by the idea of bringing enough wood inside to heat the house. Thinking about it made my back and head hurt. So, for the first few days, I simply turned up the old thermostat and added another layer. I pretended that I was warm enough. But it was January, the temperature was dropping and heavy rains were in the forecast. I knew I had to face the music and bring in wood. So I bundled up, found some work gloves and headed out back, dreading the process and hoping that once I was sitting in front of a warm fire, it would all be worth it.   As I rounded the corner of the house, the first thing I saw was a wheelbarrow.   AHA!! That will help.   I took the wheelbarrow over to the woodpile and started loading...

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