Tag: Intuition

A Ritual for Wisdom

photo courtesy of Allaboutbirds.com

This morning’s ritual included a mantra for wisdom, 108 times to be exact.  Later in the day I went in search of some new sandlas…it’s hot here in Arizona. While trying on some sandals at my local Marshalls, I saw a bird fly into the store. I immediately thought “oh poor bird”. I knew that in addition to him becoming scared, some of the people in the store would also become sacred. Sure enough, he flew around the store, people began to scream, the bird become nervous which made him fly faster and made more people scream.  The staff came out and grabbed clothes off the rack with the hangers attached, attempting to catch this bird. I was standing there praying that the staff would open the doors and that he would just fly out. Finally, the staff did open the doors but he just kept flying around the store.

I so desperately wanted to help this bird, I stood there sending out unspoken words, asking that he calm down and relax for a few seconds so he could observe the situation and find his way. This went on for a good 4 to 5 minutes. The next thing I knew he landed within 1 foot of me. I was shocked, this wasn’t a bird – it was a Burrowing Owl!

He looked tired, he almost slouched and looked right at me. I felt so blessed that he landed in front of me, all I could do at the moment was begin talking to him. So there I was, standing in the shoe aisle at my local Marshall’s talking to the owl and everyone in the store was standing there – looking at me talking to this owl. I told him how beautiful he was and that he would be safe but he needed to be calm. I told him he needed to fly out on his own or allow them to help him. He tilted his head a little, as if  he acknowledged our conversation. He straightened up and took flight again. It was seriously such an awesome moment. He flew towards the dressing room, I prayed for him again and somehow within a few minutes the staff was able to catch him and put him outside. He was safe and he took flight.

I don’t believe in coincidence, so having an owl land right in front of me inside of Marshall’s in the shoe department has me paying attention and ready to receive the message. Owl’s represent wisdom, intuition & change. The ability to see what others take for granted or do not see. 

Getting adjusted to our new life in our new home in Arizona has been both exciting and challenging. Finding our new community, schools for our daughters in the fall, new jobs, a yoga studio to teach at. Heck, just trying to find Costco requires the use of Mapquest. All of that is okay, we came here with full knowledge that being here was in essence, starting all over again. But I do get impatient for all the right answers, the right places, the right people. Yep, it’s was getting to me this morning and I was calling in wisdom to help me with some choices or clear paths for the right answers.

Talking to this owl today (yes, the owl and I talked just ask everyone in the store) brought me the preceptive, the wisdom I need in this moment. We will find the right jobs, even if it takes us a few jobs in between, our girls will be fine at their new schools and I will find a place that sells really great boba. (Seriously though…we haven’t found good boba place yet so if you know of any please let me know) So long as I am able to slow down, have faith, follow my intuition and allow change to come in it’s own time: all will be safe. All will unfold as and when it is meant to be.

So thank you Mr. Burrowing Owl, thank you for the moment of a lifetime. If he can slow down and just allow things to happen for his highest and greatest good, so can I.

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To be like the Praying Mantis

PrayingMantisSymbolism

This morning, right after my husband left for work he sent me a picture of a Praying Mantis at our front door. 

mantisImmediately, I went back to a time when my oldest Son was little. He would keep, feed and observe them, he was fascinated with them. It was always amazing to me how graceful and purposeful their actions where.

I looked up the meaning of having a praying mantis at your door, lo and behold there are several descriptions found on the subject.  I thought it was fitting to share this with you. As you know (from my blog’s name), I am working in refining my life. I strive to have many of the same qualities the Praying Mantis represents. (minus eating your friends and spouse) 

Praying Mantis Meanings in the Realms of Animal Symbolism

The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we’ve created.

After observing this creature for any length of time you can see why the symbolism of the praying mantis deals with stillness and patience. The mantis takes her time, and lives her life at her own silent pace.

A Quick-List of Praying Mantis Symbolism

  • Stillness

  • Awareness

  • Creativity

  • Patience

  • Mindful

  • Calm

  • Balance

  • Intuition

These traitshave lead the mantis to be a symbol of meditation and contemplation. In fact, in China, the mantis has long been honored for her mindful movements.

The mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives.

Overwhelmingly in most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness. As such, she is an ambassador from the animal kingdom giving testimony to the benefits of meditation, and calming our minds.

An appearance from the mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quite and reach a place of calm. It may also a sign for you to be more mindful of the choices you are making and confirm that these choices are congruent.

image and information from whats-your-sign.com

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