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A summer-like Saturday

In a wheatfield.

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so I must never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.

~ Albert Schweitzer

How can I be useful?  If you aren’t asking yourself that question every day, I submit to you that you don’t yet fully believe that we’re all in this together.

~ Eric Liu

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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

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Heartfulness

Beethoven, enjoying a sunny day.

In spite of its plain appearance, the beauty of the mockingbird is recognized by all.  This beauty lies in its song.  It has one of the best singing voices of all birds, equal to that of the nightingale.  It also has a talent for mimicry.  Mockingbirds can imitate other birds, cats, and even dogs.

… The mockingbird can teach you about the power of song and voice.  It can help you to learn new languages and sing them just as naturally as one born to them.  Anytime the mockingbird shows up as a totem, it is a time to learn to sing out your talents.  Regardless of how others may see you, expect people to notice your actions — not your appearance.

The mockingbird can help you to realize your inner talents and sing them forth.  It can help you to find your own sacred song in life.  By singing that sacred song, you will find your life more rewarding and more significant.  Most people, even if they know their inner sacred song (life purpose), are afraid to act upon it.  The mockingbird can assist with this.

… The ability to stimulate responses in others is part of what the mockingbird can teach you.  It can help you to flush out injurious insects around you in your life and see where and who they are.  The mockingbird will help you to recognize subtle clues that others may miss.  You hear the true song of others.

Whenever the mockingbird arrives, look for opportunities to sing forth your own song.  Follow your own path.  Learn to take what you can and apply your own creative imagination and intuition to it, so that you sing it forth in the manner and tone that is most harmonious for you and your life.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

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Buzz buzz

Buzzing around the redbud.

Bees have been mythical symbols throughout the world.  In Hinduism, depending upon how depicted, the bee could relate to Vishnu, Krishna or even Kama, the god of love.  In Egypt it denoted royalty.  In Greece, it was used in the symbology of the Eleusinian Mysteries, and the Celts associated it with hidden wisdom.

… If a bee has shown up in your life, examine your own productivity.  Are you doing all you can to make your life more fertile?  Are you busy enough?  Are you taking time to savor the honey of your endeavors or are you being a workaholic?  Are you attempting to do too much?  Are you keeping your desires in check so they can be more productive?

The legs of the bee are one of their most sensitive organs.  A bee actually tastes through its legs.  It is able to determine if there is nectar in the flower it lands upon.  Are you taking time to enjoy the labors and activities you involves yourself in?  The bee helps remind us that activities are more productive and sweeter if we take time to enjoy them.

… The bee is the reminder to extract the honey of life and to make our lives fertile while the sun shines.  The bee reminds us that no matter how great the dream there is the promise of fulfillment if we pursue it.  The elixir of life is as sweet as honey, and the bee is a symbol that promises us that the opportunity to drink of it is ours if we but pursue our dreams.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

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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

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Another blustery day

Shall we take a walk?

If sequestered pain made a sound, the atmosphere would be humming all the time.

~ Stephen Levine

This is part of being human, this knowing that we are all part of one another, inextricably involved; and at the same time alone, irrevocably alone.

~ Madeleine L’Engle

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Triangle

A triangle found on this morning’s walk.

Three. A number favored as much by art as by science: primary colors, points required to locate an object in space, notes to form a musical chord. Three points of a triangle, the first geometrical figure. Incontrovertible fact: two straight lines cannot enclose a space. The points of a triangle may move, shift allegiance, the distance between two disappear as they draw away from the third, but together they always define a triangle. Self-contained, real, complete.

~ Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

Love has you. Love is you. Love alone, and your deep need for love, recognizes love everywhere else. Remember that you already are what you are seeking.

~ from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

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