Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Skunk Medicine

Do you ever have those times when you spend a lot of time with another person/other people and when you're by yourself again you feel lonesome? I love being alone. Sometimes I feel a relief when I'm alone, but sometimes, I feel lonely. More and more I'm learning that it feels lonely when I've gotten out of step with myself.

Smokey got sprayed by a skunk last night. I feel like such a princess for writing about it rather than helping clean him up, but maybe I'll get my chance later tonight.

Animal Speak says skunks ain't playin'. They use their spray only as a last resort and its effect demands recognition: "...look at how people respond to it. They show great respect for (the skunk) and what it can do. This is part of what the skunk teaches. It teaches how to give respect, expect respect and demand respect. The skunk does not get out of the way of any animal. It moves along at its own speed, with its own mind. It is self-assured and confident in itself. If skunk has shown up, it can help you with this particular aspect. It can teach you how to be more self-assured and how to assert yourself. Examine your self-image." (Andrews, 1993, 312-314).

While on the phone with Mike last night talking about Smokey, I was drinking some Yogi Tea. The fortune on my tea bag said, "Self-reliance conquers any difficulty." The dictionary lists "confident or trustful dependance," as the first meaning of reliance. I'll be darned if that's not a good way to feel towards yourself. I'm going to practice feeling that way when I'm by myself and when I'm with other people.

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