In early March I went exploring for signs of new life. The forest floor looked quite barren until I got down on the ground, examined moss growing on a downed tree and saw these very tiny, graceful buds covering it. Nature! Miracles all around us if we just take a moment to really look. These little shoots of new life seem a good symbol of the New Beginnings I wrote about in my Spring Equinox post.
Louise provides an exercise for letting go of old, unproductive patterns. She suggests you look in the mirror and say out loud "I now realize that I have created this condition and I am now willing to release the pattern in my consciousness that is responsible for this condition." Say it with conviction. Feel the power of your commitment. Do not worry about HOW to do this releasing- all you have to do is to be WILLING and the universe will take care of it.
Exercises like this can be powerful. It doesn't matter how long you have harbored negative, limited thinking. How many times you have put yourself down and expected the worst. Your point of power is NOW. Wishing you all the blessings and power of new beginnings.
PS The List at the end of her book can help you see connections between problems in the body with your thoughts and new affirmations to change them. ie Breathing problems are related to "Fear or refusal to take in life fully. Not feeling the right to take up space or even to exist at times." New Thought- "It is my birthright to live life fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully."
I have since looked a little more into the miraculous world of mosses or bryophytes. I believe this is the sporophyte that releases spores that allows the moss to sexually reproduce. And for those who might be wondering how small these "buds" are- here is a photo of a sporophyte and a dime. I added the stars- well, because that's what I do (and it was pretty easy to transform lint into stars!)