Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Butterfly Medicine

Yesterday circa 7 am, when I like to leave for class, it was snowy. The day was cold, fresh sparkly, and still sleeping. School's were on a two hour delay, everything was quiet, even my footsteps on the road. Almost to work, I heard the scraping of a shovel. I walked up Ledoux, minding my ps and qs, and the shovel scraping stopped. The shoveler shouted from the other side of the parking lot: "I didn't know butterflies flew this early in the morning!" "Haha, good morning," I said, no idea what to say, my first words spoken, was it a compliment? Yeah, I'm totally awkward about total stranger compliments, "Thanks!"

I can't help but notice, though, when a stranger does go out of their way to say something. Over the years, I have received strong and powerful messages from this listening. Once, in an extremely fast paced environment and in New York, someone told me to "Slow the fuck down." This message prompted me to start my still-going-strong practice of not rushing.

Guess it must be time to bust out Animal Speak again. Darn! "(Butterflies) remind us not to take things quite so seriously within our lives. When butterflies come into your life, look at how much or little joy is within your life. Lighten up. Look for change. Don't forget that all change is good. Butterfly medicine reminds us to make changes when the opportunities present themselves. Transformation is inevitable, but butterfly will help teach you that growth and change does not have to be traumatic. (Change) can occur as gently, as sweetly, and as joyfully as we wish." Wow, thanks for highlighting some of my negative belief systems about change, butterfly! "(I)f you can move, you can dance." Amen.

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