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Bunny rabbit

The rabbits are out in force, chasing each other, hopping over the turkeys, and playing with the younger deer.

… The rabbit is known for its ability to procreate, its fleetness, its ability to make great leaps and hops.  It moves primarily by hops and leaps, and individuals with this totem find that their endeavors do so as well.  All of these characteristics are significant for those with this totem.

… Although some associate fear with the rabbit, it has wonderful abilities for defense.  Those with this totem would do well to apply them to their own life.  Rabbits often create forms to use for hiding and resting.  To create a form, the rabbit scratches a shallow bowl into the earth or grass that is open in front and in back to enable it to escape if necessary.  Rabbit people should plan for possibilities.  If a rabbit has shown up, it may indicate a need to do some more planning or check those you have already set in motion.  You do not want to box yourself into a corner.  Rabbits have a knack for avoiding being seen.  They can freeze, holding perfectly still.  They know that movement can be detected from great distances by many predators.  If you are involved in competition — in work or in play — it will be important not to foreshadow your moves.

Rabbits are also clever at doubling back, making quick and rapid turns.  If they need to flee they can be extremely fast.  Learning to shift from freezing to great speed is something all with this totem should learn.  It will aid your success and enable you to take advantage of opportunities that may only present themselves for brief moments.

Rabbits are vegetarians.  Those with this totem need to examine the kinds of foods being consumed.  For the greatest health and healing, a vegetarian diet, even if only temporary, will strengthen and heal.

Rabbit can show you how to recognize the signs around you.  It can help you to attune to the lunar cycle and recognize the tides of movement within your life.  This in turn will enable you to become even more fertile in your life.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

The turkey is too dignified to even acknowledge the rabbit.

It is rabbit season here on the ranch.  Not hunting season, but that period in spring when the rabbits take over the asylum.  They are everywhere, chasing each other around.  In the photo above with the turkey, there were three rabbits hopping and leaping after each other in a mad dash to nowhere.  It was funny to watch the leaps and bounds, the quick turns, the doubling back.  It was even funnier to watch the turkeys trying to ignore the rabbits.  I don’t think I ever thought of turkeys as being dignified, but that is exactly the attitude the turkeys convey when the rabbits are hopping circles around them.  Now that I consider it, the turkeys also maintain some sense of dignity when the young white-tailed deer are near them, too.

Bathing and splashing in the pond.  (Pardon the motion blur.  She really was running and splashing.)

Yesterday I watched as two of the deer groomed each other.  Deer lick and groom each other around the neck and shoulders, with the dominant deer usually beginning the process.  It is a bonding ritual, but it’s also a means of removing parasites.  They were licking each other’s ears which is where, from what I’ve seen, the ticks like to gather in great clumps.

The azaleas are doing well this year. (I added some texture to this photo.)

the Dharma is intimate
Immediate
Spontaneous
And Obvious.

~ Sunru Suzuki

If real clarity is present, we experience quietness and peace within us.  If there is only intellectual clarity, we may be happy for a moment or two, but this feeling will not last.

~ T. K. V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga

Hearts and rain. (Redbud tree leaves after the rain.)

I’m still pondering the subject of dharma, but maybe from another side of things.  A few weeks back I was experiencing some pain and discomfort in my gut (after the colonoscopy).  I was stressed, anxious, and wondering what I should do about it.  We were already into these viral times and the doctor’s office presented me with a Catch-22 that would have been funny if I hadn’t been in pain.  I was told they were only seeing patients on an emergency basis.  However, if it’s an emergency, go to the ED.  So, I fretted about it (because who wants to go anywhere near an ED during a pandemic???!).  Then I grew weary of fretting and began to work with it, so to speak, in meditation by asking the pain and my gut that all-important question:  What are you trying to tell me?  The answer was interesting, but not surprising.

And then the sun came out and I could almost see through the leaf.

The answer was the obvious, something I can be quite good at ignoring.  I was not, and had not been, listening to my gut.  Not just on a physical level, but in terms of my gut instincts or intuition.  I was labeling my intuition as “worrying,” rather than as something I might want to pay attention to.  One of the things we have been learning about dharma (I think I posted about this at the beginning of the month) is that the voice of dharma can be a quiet one.  You just know, without question or justifications, that what you are doing is the right thing.  Whereas adharma, or that which is not dharma, tends to be noisy and chaotic, filled with justifications and reasons why you should or shouldn’t.

Intuition, I think, works in the same manner.  Intuition, or gut instinct, is the inner whisper that is warning us, or nodding in agreement, or pointing the way.  Whereas worrying is noisy, spinning, filled with excuses and justifications and resistance.  It was an interesting insight, something I’ll be playing with for a while.

Prayers blowing in the wind.

It is day 35 of the 40-day self-care challenge.  The beginning of the end.  Or, perhaps, the end of the beginning.  That seems more like it since my plan is to carry on now that I’ve managed to stop the process of turning into stone and bogging myself down.

How are you?

Today was an easy going day.  A few walks, some outdoor chores, meditation sitting on the bench by the pond.  The “morning meeting” in the woods was lovely, as always.  That has become part of my practice now.  Sitting or standing with the trees, chanting or singing.  Maybe it’s a prayer of sorts.  As I recently mentioned on Instagram, I’m not sure who is praying.  Maybe it’s nature, praying for us.

I wonder if some of the threads will end up in the nests of birds.

On the family front, my youngest brother is in the hospital.  Non-covid related, but serious nonetheless.  He will be having surgery tomorrow.  Thoughts, prayers, good vibes or energy sent his way will be appreciated.  Just direct it towards New Jersey.  I’m sure it will arrive where it’s most needed.

New beech leaves.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and visiting with me in this virtual way.  Shall we go out to the dock this evening to watch the sunset?  There are enough clouds around to make it colorful and interesting.  Sunset is scheduled for 7:49 PM.  It’s relatively warm today (in the 60’s).  A light jacket, a sweater, or a sweatshirt will probably do.  Unless it rains, which is possible.  If that’s the case, we should probably skip it.  A warm front is on the way and that usually means thunder and lightning and a lot of wind.

Please be safe, be well, and be kind.  ♥♥♥

More prayers blowing in the wind.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,381)  Beech trees and beech leaves.  I don’t like to name a favorite tree (because I love them all), but the beech is one of my favorites.  Their leaves are beautiful all year round, even those that fall to ground.  1,382)  What if leaves blowing in the wind were prayer flags, too?  That thought makes me smile.  1,383)  The rabbits.  They are always amusing and entertaining.  (Yes, even when they get into the garden and start eating the veggies.  That’s our fault for not doing something to keep them out.)  1,384)  A breakfast Zoom meeting with the Little Wookie and the Little Peanut.  So much fun!!  I think the Wookie is really getting the hang of Zoom meet-ups.  1,385)  Apple and pecan pancakes with cinnamon and Ohio maple syrup.  (We used to buy maple syrup from a guy we knew who lived not far from our old home in NE Ohio.  Whenever we went back to visit, we’d stop by and get more.  He’s out of business now, sad to say.  We’ll finish up what we have soon, and hopefully find another source the next we’re able to travel back to Ohio.)

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.

15 thoughts on “Bunny rabbit

  1. Now for some reason I felt a little at odds with Mr A’s rabbit descriptors. Perhaps he just focused on the danger escaping and self protecting urges – but I feel he missed the major point about rabbits in general.

    One of the things I’ve noticed about rabbits is that they open a desire to nurture and protect in many people – young and older. As you wrote, just watching them at play is joyous and (especially when they are tame) I’ve observed faces softening and eyes lighting up and that tentative reaching out to touch and stroke and ‘can I cuddle her?’ question that inevitably comes from a child and also lives in me but goes unspoken. For me they inspire warmth and protective feelings (they are so very vulnerable in the wild) and a sense of playful freedom….

    I know that’s not a commonly held response – for instance my friend Lisa dislikes them intensely because they eat her garden and show no respect for the food she is growing to help those less fortunate! But it’s not personal is it – a bunny has to eat! 🙂

    My best wishes for your brother have me busy spinning a picture of him in good health and safely at home. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂
      In fairness to Mr. Andrews, I did not include everything he wrote about the Rabbit (or the other animals I’ve been exploring). Sometimes his commentary goes on for a few (or several) pages. Some of what I left out includes the description of rabbits as sensitive and vulnerable, as being associated with the Faerie Realm and with the moon. I also tend to leave out some of the history of the animals in various myths, legends, and lore.
      One of the interesting things about Animal Speak is the suggestion that you learn about the animal and make some interpretations for yourself based on what you’ve learned. You’re already done that with Rabbit. 😀

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      1. Thank you for this further explanation Robin – I should have known there would be much more instead of just being an over sensitive rabbit myself! 😀 I’m much relieved to read this as I’m looking forward to receiving my Animal Wise book at some point when the mail carriers catch up with the volume of on-line shopping.

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  2. Lots of good stuff in this post! I really liked your words on ‘gut instinct’ and forwarded a couple paragraphs to my sister, who is struggling with listening to her ‘inner knower.’
    I’ve often thought of newly opened beech leaves as nature’s prayer flags – such a gorgeous tree and their pubescent leaves are beyond lovely.
    Prayers and healing thoughts being sent to your younger brother in NJ.
    And if you can’t find an OH source for real maple syrup, here’s my source, a farmer in our town, (such great people, good prices and they ship worldwide): https://www.massmaple.org/maple-retailer/boyden-brothers-maple/
    I wrote a post about them here: https://wp.me/p3O3z4-nf

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I appreciate the links and really enjoyed your post.
      The inner knower isn’t always easy to hear. I could be wrong but it seems like it comes down to trust or faith in ourselves. So many people, including myself (and especially women, it seems), have trouble with that. I admire people who have that kind of trust/faith. They are so solid in themselves. Not in a stuck or inflexible way, but in a way in which they stand in their truth. Not sure I’m explaining that well so I’ll stop now. 😀

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  3. Ah, I just missed sunset again. Oh well, there will be others. I’m sorry to hear about your brother. Sending prayers, good thoughts AND good vibes to NJ. (NJ needs them too, according to tonight’s news, but I have enough good thoughts and prayers for both your brother and the state he’s in.) We have one rabbit, I just assumed it was the same rabbit as last fall. We DO have tons of turkeys, saw them again today on my way to the grocery store, 2 of them had their tail feathers all out showing off…the sun was on them…it was stunning. Love your running rabbits and deer!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn. I appreciate the prayers, thoughts, and good vibes. 🙂 I wonder why you don’t have more rabbits? Maybe we’re hogging them all down here. We certainly have plenty to spare.

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  4. Robin, I continue to love your posts even if I’m not visiting as much as I’d like these days.

    Here on Gabriola we have wild turkeys (actually feral, but they’ve been “wild” for as long as I can remember). Strangely, they live only at the north end of our island, not at the south end, where we live (a whole 10 km away) – so as “south-enders” we find them fascinating whenever we are in the village and see them strutting along the side of the road, or crossing the street – we’ve even seen them politely using the school crosswalk a few times., single-file. In recent months, one of the turkey flocks seems to have a buddy: a small black rabbit, who hangs out with them 24/7. According to a friend at the north end, in the evenings, when the turkeys roost in a tree, the rabbit sits below the tree, then in the morning they resume their explorations together.

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    1. I enjoyed your story of the turkeys and the rabbit. I have a very vivid picture of them hanging out together. Thank you so much, Laurie, for the story and for stopping by. 🙂

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  5. I so love your animal photos and encounters. I haven’t seen any rabbits around here yet. They seem to come in cycles–some years there are lots of them about and some years none.
    I’m sorry to hear about your brother. I hope all goes smoothly and recovers quickly and is back home soon.
    I’m craving pancakes and maple syrup now. 😀

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  6. My best wishes for your brother’s surgery.
    Did you see the PBS Nature episode, Remarkable Rabbits? It’s available online. I learned so much about rabbits and hares, domestic and wild. Bunnies are fascinating creatures!

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  7. Best wishes from Maine to your brother! May all go well. Always hard when a loved one is ill. Even harder now. Thought you might be interested in knowing that for book group we are reading Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. It’s been 40 years since I last read it. Am curious to discover what I think of it now after all these years.

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