I feel like I am a creature of the Earth. I dislike being cooped up, whether it is in the house during inclement weather or stuck in a room with little access to the light from outside. I NEED nature. I also need reminded from time to time of the lessons nature shares with us, if we are open to the experience. One way I connect to those lessons from nature is by reading Medicine Cards. I own a set of Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson. The set includes a deck of animal cards and a book to help interpret how we are connected to the animals. Today I pulled three animal cards from my deck and read the "meaning" of the three animals as described by the authors of the book. The grouse is the one I really related to today.
Grouse “medicine” is about recognizing how we move in our world. What kind of energy do we project? If we are grumpy do we project those feelings onto others? If I as a yoga teacher am stressed and harried, do my classes project less of a feeling of peace? Does that drive people away? On the flip side, if I project calm and peace, do students leave my class feeling a little more at peace in their own world? What we say, do, and how we act affects others more than we know.
Bottom line for me is, when I realize negative feelings in myself, it is an invitation to step back and look at what’s happening in my life. It is a chance to PAUSE…. To reassess…. To learn how to let your energy flow in a way that puts you in harmony and balance with body, mind and spirit.