thanks to mother earth

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Thanks to Mother Earth
(a prayer of the Eastern Woodland Mohawks,
created by Joseph Bruchac)

Onen, we give thanks
to our mother, the Earth,
for she gives us all that we need for life.

She supports our feet
as we walk upon her.
She is there to catch us
if we should fall.

It has always been this way
since the beginning,
for she is our mother,
the one who cares for us.

So it is that we join
our minds together
to give greetings and thanks
to this Earth, our mother.

❤ Many blessings upon your time of gratitude.
I am grateful for Mother Earth, I am grateful for you.
with my love, becky ❤

you must be the change i wish to see

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beckyjaine the change

Dear Me,

You are worthy of JOY. Joy is your birthright. You have to fight hard for JOY even when you want to give up. There are so many notions and ideas trying to take it away… not only from you, but from everyone. You have to try harder, do not give in. Fighting for joy is hard… sometimes it will feel easier to let the darkness and despair dominate your heart, but don’t. You don’t believe in that. How could you when you know with your entire heart that you are here to be JOY? How could you when you know one of your giveaways (your gifts) is to help remind people around you that they are JOY too?

Shining your candle for JOY may be judged idealism, unrealistic, and naive. But remember, you know in your core that us remarkable humans have something greater possible for us. You know that. You feel it when you look in the eyes of your children and the eyes of your eldest friend, now 95. You know that the very idea of idealism is that human beings have the opportunity to be something greater than we are right now. It is good to be idealistic.. good that YOU are a champion idealist. We have so many opportunities to be more giving, more compassionate and live from a place of greater kindness, humility and service. But you have to do this yourself, first.

Sweet and hurting Me… Don’t give up because this is hard, because you want to cry… or because you have the fear of being seen. Yes, this is hard. And yes, you will have to be seen. Cry! Let it out. It won’t last… like the weather, it has its own flow.

Bravely take the steps you know in your heart that YOU MUST. I promise the fear will transform and your path will become flooded with courage and filled with divine serendipities… auspicious angels to help your vision come to be. (You know it will, because that’s the way life works… for all of us. Remember?!)

Oh, and about being seen, YES… you will be seen: Your being seen will serve as a mirror to those who see you, and as YOU shine the light for JOY trust that your humility will deepen, and that you will humbly learn and grow from everything and everyone, as those with beginner’s hearts do.

You have much to give. You HAVE to give. You are carrying seeds of beauty and truth that you must not and cannot keep to yourself. You must shine your light for JOY and stop criticizing and judging your every decision and word choice. You must lead from your intention and trust that the energy of intention will find and take you to LOVE.

Your heart–your intention– is pure. You have no hidden agendas. You wrangle with taming your wild egoic self, and you won’t let her lead the charge.

You must change the world by changing yourself. You must be the change I wish to see in the world.

Let it be so. Calling my angels to walk beside me … for JOY.

❤ love always ❤

becky (me)

earthly human day

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jacob needleman earthday 2015

Dear Humans,

I went for a walk with my great shamanic teacher this week, Jackson Joyful, the sacred Labradoofus and supreme state inducer!

We walked a little and then found our favorite spot in our forest, our meditation rock at the stream.

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Inspired by my recent reading of philosopher Jacob Needleman, being here reminded of the great lesson I have yet still to learn: to stay in one place a little longer. Be present and open to the moment, to slow down and not rush out of presence, not to force my way back into the seeming importance of the “requirements” of my life.

We lingered … a little longer.

soul sunshine 2015 becky jaine

As we got up to leave our spot, I suddenly became still–painfully so–and allowed the moment to be. Perhaps two human minutes of standing… dropping human expectation and allowing, a group of songbirds flew down and landed in the trees in front of us. Cardinals, bluebirds, bluejays; all traveling in pairs, and surprisingly mixed breeds flying together. And then–as my breath and attention slowed even further–a pair of Cowbirds touched down.

Be still…. Cowbird is yet another one of my great teachers.

My dear friend the Cowbird–who I endearingly named MeMe– reminded me that my life is not only about or for me. When he came last summer, my human interpretation was that he seemed to fall in love with his own reflection such that he wasted the spring and never found a mate.

Well, at last, I witness a pair of Cowbirds, tweetly meet meeting each other, seeming to laugh and cajole as they courted and played together in the tree tops above us.

As we stood there, tears streamed down my face. In awe of the birds, I was relieved that my bird-dog was as captivated as I was. So enthralled, he didn’t chase them and …  I didn’t feel the need to photograph them. We simply stood there, not waiting for anything specific, and let the magic of nature and the moment reveal.

Come to the woods with us…

wildflowers 2015 becky jaine

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I wish you nature and beauty. I pray for your deep earthly human love this 45th Earth Day, and always. Mother Earth needs you. She needs us. What can we do to respectfully celebrate our love for Earth today? For me, I hope to linger a little longer… to be conscious and be grateful.

jacob needleman earthday 2015