When deer show up in your life it is time to be gentle with yourself and others. A new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened or born. There is going to be a gentle, enticing lure of new adventures. Ask yourself important questions. Are you trying to force things? Are others? Are you being too critical and uncaring of yourself? When deer show up there is an opportunity to express gentle love that will open new doors to adventure for you.
~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak
When you have the deer as spirit animal, you are able to bring gentleness and grace in every aspects of your life, even in the most challenging moments. By inspiration from the deer’s qualities, you can achieve ambitious goals and tackle difficult situation smoothly with a touch of gentleness and grace.
The deer spirit animal will remind you to be gentle with yourself and others. The grace and gentleness characteristic of this spirit animal echo the qualities brought forth when living from the heart. For example, the traditional symbol used for the heart chakra has the deer (sometimes also represented as an antelope) as emblematic animal of the energy of love and harmony with oneself and others.
~ Elena Harris
About a week or so ago, I listened to an interview (podcast) with an indigenous woman who commented, with a chuckle, that Mother Earth has sent us all to our rooms for bad behavior. She offered some advice on some things we could do during this time. Some of it was the kind of advice that’s been going around from various health professionals. Some of it was different. (Note: I do not remember the woman’s name and I can’t find the interview/link. If I find it, I’ll post it.)
- Don’t let fear take over. Fear, as we’ve been told many times lately, stresses the body and the mind. It stresses the spirit, too.
- Find a way to ground yourself. Her suggestion was to lie on your belly, on the earth, and imagine yourself tethered to the earth by an invisible cord from your bellybutton. Feel the energy from the earth. You might even hear or feel the heart beat of the earth. Feel the warmth from the sun. (This is not all that different from the so-called expert advice about getting outdoors if you can, spending time gardening and getting in the dirt, getting some exposure to sunlight, etc.) If you can’t or don’t want to lie on the earth, hug a tree.
- Take up some practices that help you honor this life you’ve been given, on this planet, in this universe. Say good morning and good night to the sun (“Grandfather Sun”), have a conversation with the moon (“Grandmother Moon”), be a better inhabitant (it was a “don’t foul your own nest” type of advice).
- Hum. Or sing. Find your own tune or song.
- Find your totem. She did not offer up ways in which to do that other than to say we should sit quietly and ask. I am not exactly sure what your totem is supposed to do for you other than offer some guidance, perhaps.
- Think about what you want to become on the other side of this.
It was the last suggestion that I found really interesting. What do I want to become on the other side of this? What do we want to become? There is a quote making the rounds sort of asking that question:
Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.
Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.
~ Arundhati Roy, Financial Times, March 2020
Today is day 21 of the 40-day self-care challenge. How are you today?
I’ve walked, meditated, chanted, and even did a little singing while I was in the woods. The chanting and singing are new habits, and I’m really enjoying using my voice. I am not a terribly good singer. The trees and birds and other critters don’t seem to mind.
Today’s offering is some music: Sitting in Limbo (Jimmy Cliff)
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope your Saturday has been a good one. Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset. It’s a tad bit warmer and a little less windy. Sunset is scheduled for 7:36 PM. A warm jacket should be good enough.
Be safe, be well. And let’s all take a deep breath for those who can’t right now. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,351) Messages and songs from spring. 1,352) Dancing. I’ve been doing quite a bit of that, too. It goes well with the chanting and singing. 1,353) The privilege of watching some of the other beings who share this land with us. 1,354) Jellybeans. 1,355) Anticipation. We’re Zooming with the family tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing my sons and grandchildren all together, even if it’s on a computer screen.