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Snails

One weekend, when I was attending a drumming circle at a park near the bay, I discovered many snails. Usually, I just find them in my yard, after a rain, or when I had a vegetable garden, eating the leaves and flowers of what I was trying to grow.

I found not just one, but many, all climbing up the stalk of a certain weed. Since I saw saw many (not my usual sightings), I wondered if that was a message for me. Before I looked up what might be the symbolism of the snail, these were my thoughts:

  1. It carries its home with it every moment, just like a turtle. With a single breath, one can come back to the present moment, and one’s center.
  2. The snail’s pace is to move slowly. Don’t hurry, be patient.
  3. Its spiral shape suggests a time for re-grouping, re-assessing, evaluating what to let go of.

I found a few other insights from www.whats-your-sign.com

In that website, Avia mentioned that snails have both male and female reproductive organs. So, to me, that means developing positive stereotypical male qualities, like confidence, concentration, etc. Well, it is good for everyone to have a balance of both male/female positivities.

Avia’s friend, Mederi, said that snails have 2 kinds of slime for moving about, one for moving, and the other is for protection. She goes on to say:

“Symbolically, this begs the question, “What facilitates our mobility?” Most of us might not want to be covered in a literal slime to get us moving in the right direction. But, metaphorically, we can focus on things that motivate us to move. We might call it “motivational” or “inspirational” slime…What lubricates your ability to get up and do something? Do as the snail does…get slickered up and move forward in a positive direction.

The second kind of snail slime is protective. They excrete a specialized goo that keeps their tender bodies insulated from harm. This slime helps snails avoid injury while they’re on the move. The slime also has healing qualities too, so if they do get a boo-boo, their slime gets them on the mend in double time. Symbolically, this links snail meaning with healing. Perhaps you’re going through a challenging time with your health. I’d like to encourage you to envision yourself covered in a protective, nurturing, healing slime.”

Or do the things you know will be healing for you…




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Go

 

There’s a scripture:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

But I think “The Book of Nature” also has its gospel. I think this flowering dogwood is saying “yes”.

 

“Dear seasons that pass over our fields and through our hearts, you are the word of God spoken to us from the cathedral of the great outdoors. Stir up our love for life. Fill us with joy and passion, wisdom and stillness. Reveal to us our own endurance, patience, and ability to trust. Lead us into reflection and solitude as we move through the years held in the arms of mystery. Teach us to say “Yes” to the unfolding work of the Creator in our lives.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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focus word: practice

 

focus word: practice

This image reminds me of Mother Teresa’s idea to continuous creating little drops of oil into a lamp, and that the love does not have to be extraordinary, but little, but in this image, it is like a stairway to heaven, each practice makes a step that carries you higher:

 

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Turning and Returning

 

“Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycle of turning from one season to another.  Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming and the going of each of the four seasons.  Open me today to the teachings of the season of autumn.

When I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies, walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.

When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging, turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the beauty of the changing land.

When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve,
wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with uncertainty and insecurity.

When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others, take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their abundance.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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Love is Her Signature

 

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

~John Keats
 

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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