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Deer medicine

Little Doe, mama of the twins.

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

Physical distancing. (The two on the left are mama and child.)

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 frosty this morning.

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

Wild cherry in the sun’s light.

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)

We might have berries soon. (Blueberry blossoms)

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.  ♥

This little azalea is doing well this year.

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.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

14 thoughts on “Deer medicine

  1. When my mother was dying, I kept seeing deer in the snow. A large buck showed up outside her hospital room, and then a family of deer after she died in hospice. Thank you for a lovely post.

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    1. Oh, Kay! That’s very interesting. A few months before my mother died (lung cancer), she was visiting us for our youngest son’s wedding. We were out on the back porch and a doe came walking by, something we almost never saw there. My mother was thrilled to see it. At my mother’s funeral we saw a doe, and then every year on her birthday, a doe would come around. I often thought of her sending the deer as a source of comfort. I still think that, even though we see deer almost every day where we live now.

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  2. We collectively could use a fair amount of deer medicine these days. We must be kind to ourselves. Good quotes to ponder here, thank you, Robin. Wishing you a peaceful and contented Easter holiday. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 Our internet connection for our Zoom chat wasn’t great, but it didn’t matter. It was wonderful to see everyone in what felt like one place.

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  3. That was nice to read Robin. We do have wild (introduced) deer here, but they are in the high and wild hill country where they live free except for the hunters and annual culling that takes place in some areas. (I hate the way we try to control nature – it is one of the things I hope to see change) And there are some deer farms where I expect they are raised for their meat….. They are such beautiful creatures. I’m one of the people hoping we can all collectively look for a new normal that eschews the stupidities and excesses of the western world. I’m pretty sure if we don’t Mother Nature will be doing more than locking us in our rooms 😀

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 They do some culling here, too. I heard a story on the news once about the deer here in Maryland. At one time, there were very few so they worked hard to bring them back (for the sake of the hunters, I think). Now the state is overrun with deer and they have problems in the suburbs where the deer don’t seem to mind the people too much and are willing to brave them just so they can eat everyone’s plants. Too many deer are not good for the understory of the woods, either. Seedlings get eaten which reduces the number of trees. Plant diversity takes a big hit. With no natural predators to contain them, the habitats degrade. There is a lot of controversy regarding allowing hunters to cull them (in some cases, they donate the meat to food banks). I think some places have been trying birth control. Humans started the mess, and are probably making a bigger mess trying to control it. Hopefully humans are learning that Mother Nature doesn’t care for that sort of thing.

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  4. I like that advice to lie on the ground. The old Celts did the same thing, adding a stone on the belly to press you closer. I have been wondering about spirit animals–I think that is the same as a totem. I have learned to be better in contact with people than I was before. I’ve also really appreciated the fact that my weekends are my own–there is nowhere to go. It’s lovely and I actually rest and create. I’m going to try to keep that as a choice when this is over. I’m not doing all the running around I used to do on the weekend and I can’t remember what it was! I hope we get some deer medicine–and I love that idea that we’re being sent to our rooms to reflect on our bad behavior. Not such an unlikely thing when you think about animals coming into town and Indians in Mumbai seeing blue skies for the first time in years.

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  5. I’ve hugged a couple trees in my time. I remember one in particular I felt very connected to. And I’ve walked through the woods and felt like the trees were talking to me, not often, but sometimes. When we have to cut a tree down I leave because I can’t stand to see it happen. My husband thinks I’m nuts…but my mother was the same way.

    I had a good Saturday, productive in cleaning a bit, and in painting a bit. A nice balance. Hope you have a good Easter.

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