It was a usual day in my life as a self-employed single mother: running just a bit behind, feeling frenzied and guilty for yelling at the kids before school AGAIN. But seriously, why can’t they just get ready in the mornings without poking each other?!
But the morning quickly turned out to be extraordinary.
After dropping my kids off at school I was using the quiet time to run a few errands. Because all parents know you can get twice as much done in half the time when it’s just you.
So I’m driving around, listening to that silly voice in my head who’s telling me I’ve got to hurry, I’m a bad mom, and on and on, when a deer runs right in front of me. No casualties, all is good. But I slow down a bit, both driving and in my mind.
Not five minutes later a dog bolts right in front of my moving car. Then 10 minutes after that a squirrel walks in front of me, stops and looks at me, then saunters off. This day is getting weirder and I can’t shake the feeling that it’s all supposed to mean something.
Later that day I’m relaying my weird morning to a friend, and she mentions that animals each have their own meanings and messages and we dissected what it meant for me. Here’s what we came up with:
- Deer – guide, gentleness, serentity
- Dog – protection, companionship
- Squirrel – busyness, stockpiling (but since my squirrel was still, he was telling me to slow down)
Since that day, so many more animals have come to me at just the right time. I love these animal messages because they’re gentle reminders that we’re not alone in this crazy thing called life, and that everything is connected.
These first animals literally stopped me in my tracks, but if you slow down just a little bit you’ll notice them all around you.
But what do all the animals mean?
To figure out what they’re trying to tell you, the best thing you can do is think about what you know about that animal. What are its habits? What is its personality like? How does it live? Then think about how that fits what you were just thinking about. If you get tripped up, or just don’t know much about that animal, there are plenty of resources available to help you.
These are some of my favorites:
Once you start tuning in, you’ll find that you get confirmation of feelings and ideas, comfort, and greater connection to the natural world.
Let me know in the comments what your experiences have been with receiving messages from animals.