Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness
Valuable life lessons can be learned from one of the oldest reptiles, the wise, revered turtle. The archetypal energies displayed by the turtle represent golden truths.
“Try to be like the turtle—at ease in your own shell.”—Bill Copeland
Do you realize how much power you have? You are a unique individual with gifts to share with the world. Does it make sense to mimic someone else? You can accomplish anything you set your mind to—just by being yourself. But don’t get too comfortable in that shell. Grow! Explore those dreams that have been dormant for years.
“Slow and steady wins the race.”—Proverb
Are you too busy to notice what’s going on in your world? Slow down and recognize the opportunities around you. Perhaps since the turtle is associated with longevity, she may think she has all the time in the world. Well, you don’t have her kind of time. Notice, however, how the turtle maintains a comfortable pace as she explores her surroundings. Move forward at a pace that’s right for you, but by all means, get moving on your path. And patience is critical. Be patient while pursuing your dreams.
“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
—James Bryant Conant
You have so much potential—so much under the shell that you have not tapped into. By sticking your neck out and taking your first step, you will discover hidden gifts inside that you never knew were there. Are you willing to accept a mediocre existence? Turn within, decide a strategy, then come on out and express yourself. Ask yourself what is the risk and what is the reward? Without the risk, there can be no reward!
Are you built for endurance?
Have you ever noticed how the turtle gracefully adapts to different environments, commuting between land and sea? Adjusting to change is important to survival. Like the turtle, we, too, must be flexible, strong and determined as we journey through life.
If you want to increase your stamina, it is imperative that you take care of your health so you can endure the trials ahead. Each new setting or challenge offers a chance to grow. Be ready! This is your season to explore. You are equipped with everything you need to proceed.
Do you want to write that novel? Open that restaurant? Start that charity? Paint that mural? Begin today. Talk yourself into your destiny. Become the extraordinary person you were meant to be. As the saying goes, it’s not the destination but the journey that counts. Enjoy the journey!
For further study of animal symbolism, consult Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews. Check out the audio version from your public library and listen while driving to and fro. This fascinating book is great for the entire family.
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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”—Joseph Campbell
Love, peace and health,
T. Kari Mitchell
Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
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