Thursday, 28 February 2013

Spirit Animal - Fox In The Forest

We were up in Kananaskis, just south of Canmore.  There was a lot more snow than what we had around home.  From the corner of my vision, I saw a dark shape.  I pulled over and stopped the vehicle.

Fox was coming out of the trees.  She moved with purpose.  I saw the beauty of her coat.  She stopped and turned to me.  I thought she might smell the dogs.  I swear that she grinned.  She barked three, sharp barks.  And then she moved on.

The barks represented:

  • trust your senses
  • stick to your purpose or goal
  • rely on your own cleverness – no one else has your experience in your life



Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Spirit Animal - Lady Bug

As the days get warmer, once again, we notice Lady Bugs coming out of no where, to bless our house.  They move to the windows where I pick them up and drop them on my plants.   They keep the leaves clean and shiny for me.  What I am coming to understand is that the Lady Bug is about being grounded and protection.  Her message always seems to be about:

  • having no fear in starting over
  • trusting that what ever quest you are on will receive assistance
  • knowing that you will always end up with abundance

I hope this message speaks to you.



Monday, 25 February 2013

Spirit Speaks - Hold Out Your Hand To Help Others

The Simple Act of Attention

Empathy naturally leads to compassionate action. But simple inattention kills empathy, let alone compassion. So the first step in compassion is to notice the other's need. It all begins with the simple act of attention.

- Daniel Goleman, “I Feel Your Brain”


Many blessings to you this day,


Sunday, 24 February 2013

Spirit Speaks - Responsibility for Ourselves


Last night, our Full Moon meditations focused on Self-Care.  This includes care for the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual parts of our BEING.  As part of the discussion, we talked about how language can affect or, in some cases, effect what we do to help ourselves.  We have all been raised in a society that uses guilt to manipulate our actions.  Now is a great time to release this weight.



Friday, 22 February 2013

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Spirit Animal - Eagle Picks Up On Energies

Two bald eagles spend the winter in Fish Creek Park where the Bow River winds south and then west.  Here, the water stays open and they can fish.

For the last two weeks, Eagle has been out flying when I am out with the dogs.  I get various messages.

  • Walking in the snow is like flying in the snow – your thoughts are dusted off with purity from being in Nature.
  • This is the time to shake off all commitments around work, politics, and religion.  They serve you not.
  • Winter is a time to walk on water, climb mountains, and ride down them.  It is the free-est you can be.



Saturday, 9 February 2013

Buddha Speaks – Helping Others


If hungry people come, give them food. If thirsty people come, give water. If suffering people come, help them. That is our job—life after life, just continue to help all beings. But to do that, you have to have mind which is clear like space.

- Seung Sahn, "BOOM!"

I was watching some adults walk to their office building the other day.  They passed several homeless people.  The homeless were ignored.  Who is more to be pitied?



Monday, 4 February 2013

Buddha Speaks – Compassion for All

I am seeing more people go out of their way to help others.  Still, many people try to “better” or compete with others. 



Friday, 1 February 2013

Spirit Animals - Elephants never forget

I received a beautiful email from my friend, Leslie.  It confirms so many of the traits that I have written about animals over the last five years.  Check out the story, and see if you view animals in the same way.


Elephants never forget




Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely

rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of

Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.

On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.

He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons and numerous elephants.

Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs.

Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend.

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African House.


Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these

elephants sensed about Lawrence 's passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in

such an organized way.

Walking slowly - for days - Making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.

So, how after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the park — know?

“A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants,

sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the

bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”

“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the

elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving

heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”

Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well

over 3 years!

But yet they knew where they were going.

The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who'd saved their lives - so much respect that

they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything.

Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back .....