A Killing Winter

This winter was very hard in the Upper Midwest.  Here in Wisconsin we experienced temperatures in the -30f range.  We had a long, cold spring with a lot of rain, and after we started to finally warm up, we had a killing frost on April 27 followed by more rain.

My vineyard suffered.  The grape vines are 4 years old and pretty well established.  A handful of vine trunks cracked from the cold temperatures and are leaking sap.  They may be permanently damaged and may not make it through another winter.  On most of the others, there are many frozen buds that won’t produce any grapes this year.  I’ll still get a crop, but not as much as it should be. My young weeping cherry trees each had about 5 blossoms this spring, rather than being covered in gorgeous pink flowers.  A friend in Minneapolis just relayed that her two beautiful Japanese Maples are dead. 

Losing a favorite plant or tree can be traumatic!  It may sound silly, but it is very true.  Were you angry that the plant was killed?  Did you think, “I should have covered it or protected it better, or I should have fertilized it last summer to make it stronger.”

Getting angry and blaming yourself are clues that the plant had meaning in your life.  Its death has impacted you. 

Anger, grief, self-blame (or blaming someone else) and regret are common emotions when we have experienced a loss.  Any loss, be it the death of a loved one, a close friend or family member moving away, or the end of a relationship does impacts us, and we need to be able to integrate this change into our lives with grace and ease. 

If you find yourself struggling with loss, try Shamanic healing.  A client told me, “This doesn’t feel like therapy!”  It’s a cutting-edge form of energy healing that can go deep into the source of your wounds and pain that works with you to help you to heal yourself.  You have to be ready though!  If you are still fooling yourself that you can do it all by yourself, please think again. 

Take a look at My Story on Facebook where I talk briefly about myself and how I found guidance when I was at the lowest point in my life.  Over the last 13 years I have had a spiritual guide or coach that has helped me to see what I needed to shift in order to have the life I was born to have.

Having someone to guide you is imperative to successful progress and healing. I used to reject the idea that I even needed healing, until I started working with these talented coaches and healers. Today, I still have more work to do, but I know where I am going and how to get there, thanks to the continued guidance I received.

Tracy Thaden