Daylight Savings gets me every year. This go ’round I was actually excited for the light earlier in the morning. It’s so hard to get up and walk the dog when it’s both dark and chilly. Regardless of how cute she is.
Well, I woke up this morning cold, and in the dark. Just like every other day, the past few months. I gotta say, I was disappointed. It’s that knowledge that while the clock says 5am, it’s REALLY 6 am. It’s the change, it’s the external difference that I have to adjust to. It’s the dreaded T word. Transition… any transition is just so hard.
I feel like life has been one big transition the past six months and I’m still in the dark about how to move forward. To name a few biggies… The trial, and all that entails, has come to an end. I am still learning how to live with CHF. And most recently, my grandmother died. So many changes going on, and I feel weary from the stress of it.
Then there’s the “Where do I go from here?” Question. I have felt stuck, not knowing which direction to head in. Well, the answer came in the form of a Great Blue Heron I saw a few days after GM died. I waited til now to look it up in my Animal Speak book. Here’s what I got…
Animal Medicine: Powers of The Great Blue Heron
HERON’S MOST SIGNIFICANT ESSENCE: aggressive self-determination and self reliance.
“Herons are part of a group of birds called ‘waders’. A bird of the marshlands and shallow waters. All waders have similar physical characteristics – long, thin legs, long necks, and sharp bills. Legs enable animals and people to move about on the earth. They are symbols of balance, and they represent an ability to progress and evolve. Also the longer the legs, the deeper the water the heron will feed in. The deeper life can be explored.
The long thin legs of the heron reflect that you don’t need great massive pillars to remain stable, but you must be able to stand on your own two feet. This is especially significant for those with a totem of the great blue heron, as it is a lone hunter. When it feeds, it stands in the water, reflecting a connection to the earth – while implying the exploration of other dimensions on the earth (water element).
It is important for anyone with a heron totem to explore various activities and dimensions of life here on Earth. On the surface, this may seem a form of dabbling, but those with heron totems are wonderfully successful at being the traditional ‘Jack of all trades’.
This ability enables them to follow their own path. Most people will never be able to live the way heron people do. It is not a structured way, and does not seem to have stability and security to it. It is, though, just a matter of perspective. There is security in heron medicine, for it gives the ability to do a variety of tasks. If one way does not work, then another will. This, heron people seem to know inherently.
It is the tallest of the herons, and when it flies, its head is folded back in a flat S-shaped loop. This reflects the innate wisdom of being able to maneuver through life and control life’s circumstances. It reflects a need for those with this totem to follow their own innate wisdom and path of self-determination. You know what is best for you and should follow it, rather than the prompting of others.”
So basically, I got a kick in the pants. Or a gentle reminder… however you wanna put it. Either way, it’s time to pick myself up, dust myself off, shake off the shackles of conformity, and get on about the business of living my life in a way that brings me joy everyday. I think I can manage that. It sounds really good, actually.
I just gotta get out of bed first, it’s wicked chilly out there😉