To say that this week has been challenging for me is to be fairly understated 🙂 If you have missed out on my adventures, check out The Zen of Car Maintenance and Is This the Worst Car Week Ever? However, no matter how challenging a week you might have had, if you pay attention, you will always find something to be inspired about.
Yesterday, I looked out my office window in time to see an Eastern Brown Snake sliding past. I watched it as it went by my window, pausing as two willy wagtails attacked it, and then disappeared into the paddock.
If any animal pays me an unusual visit, I always want to know what message it has for me – and given my hellish week, I am doubly interested. I always seek to understand you see, whether I am in a classroom, talking to a friend or trying to navigate my life. Some people like this about me – I make an interested listener – but others find it challenging, especially people who expect blind obedience and don’t like to be asked or answer questions. I suspect I would have been completely unsuited to army life 🙂
So of course, I looked up the symbolism for the brown snake:
Snake marks the end of one phase of your life and heralds in a new and wiser awakening within yourself. Know that this is a transitional period in your life with new spiritual awakenings knocking at your door. – Spirit Animal Totems
Snake also reminds us to be grounded and to refine our awareness. Be sensitive, and take notice of everything. Bring yourself into the present. Know that sometimes the shedding of your skin can be painful and uncomfortable. This too will pass.
Perhaps I am the only person in the world to be reassured by a snake sighting – the Bear wasn’t so inspired – he immediately remembered a seven foot snake skin he found in the fire pile a few days ago. Tread carefully.
I found this article insanely comforting and confirming. It’s struggle street in my brain at the moment – there’s shit going down left, right and centre, and I am constantly having to release random bouts of anger, sadness and overwhelm. It might be like that for you too, huh? Read this then 🙂
2015 is fast approaching, and right now we have a perfect opportunity to bring patterns and issues in our life to a place of completion. From now until early February 2015 is a terrific time for endings, closing doors, finishing things up and stepping away from relationships, habits, beliefs and environments that no longer support us.
Tidy up those loose ends. Make the small and the big decisions. Know that sometimes completion is about cleaning up the mess, simplifying, downsizing or choosing to walk away before the job is done, knowing you don’t need what you leave behind…read the rest here.
Your job, your invitation from the Universe, is to give people back to themselves. You can do this every day, in a hundred ways. Why not practice it with the first three people you encounter after reading this? It is really a very easy thing to do — yet it can affect a person mightily. All you have to do is look for the best in that person, and then show it to them, right then and there. Describe it. Admire it. Thank them for it. Do this for three people every day and watch how your whole life can change. At last you will realize what you are doing here. All the rest will be just stuff and nonsense.
– Neale Donald Walsch
The program examines the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist. This is a fascinating podcast which looks at the science of Emergence , which originally began with studying insects such as fire flies, ants and bees, to try and figure out how such brainless individuals collectively make such intelligent communities.Of course, there are some wonderful parallels with democracy as we know it…but a story that really pricked my interest was this:
A man (an English Lord, actually, who was utterly convinced that only the higher classes should be the only ones to vote) took a trip to the country and observed a guessing competition, where a bunch of villagers attempted to guess the weight of an ox. Nobody did guess the weight, but this man was curious, so he tallied all the guesses together and averaged them out. Guess what? While individually nobody guessed the exact weight, the collective guess was astonishingly accurate – the ox weighed 1087 pounds and the average guess came in 1088. This experiment has been repeated many times with similar results. Interesting huh?