As a student of Native American Animal Medicine, I thought it might be fun to share the magic of Ground Hog Medicine as described in the incredible book MEDICINE CARDS by Jamie Sams and David Carson. The Native American use of the term "medicine" is very different from what the Western Mind thinks of as "medicine". Jamie Sams and David Carson explain,

"The anything that improves one's connection to the Great Mystery and to all life. This would include the healing of body, mind, and of spirit. This medicine is also anything that brings personal power, strength, and understanding. It is the constant living of life in a way that brings healing to the Earth creatures. Native American medicine is an all-encompassing "way of life", for it involves walking on the Earth Mother in perfect harmony with the Universe."

The Ground Hog represents the concept of RETREAT. It teaches that inspiration and strength are found by RETREATING into "the stillness that quiets the mind."

"...The strength of this medicine is also knowing when and how to replenish your life force. Ground Hog medicine people tend to seek self-dreams and visions without the intrusions of worldly chaos. When they reenter the world, they are profound and powerful anchors of calm resolve amid life's storms."

Today, honour the Ground Hog. Tune into your body's fuel gauge. Is it running low? If so, consider a mini-RETREAT. Close your eyes and breath slowly and deeply for only three minutes. Or, consider an afternoon or evening away from your regular activities. 

"...Have you put your basic needs at the bottom of the "TO DO" List? Burning the candle at both ends may weaken the punch you can normally pack when tackling the tasks at hand. Take a much needed break before you crash and burn. Ground Hog teaches you that, in order to access gifts of inspiration and renewal, you must be at peace with yourself and rested enough to recognize the blessings being offered."


Cheryl said...

I love this! I do everything you write and share :) -- and I'm loving that photo of you! It's great to see your luminous spirit shining through your beautiful face! -- I appreciate you immensely...and all that you generously share that helps me and countless others, more deeply connect with the essence of who and what we are. Abundant blessings to you, always. xxoo Cheryl -- Be well.

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