I’ve long felt one of my totem animals is the elephant, so it was a treat to meet a 2 year old orphan called Mija in Thailand last month. She was cavorting around her spacious home, which is the resort in Phuket, Thailand where Chuck and Lency Spezzano were teaching a 10 day workshop I was lucky enough to attend. With her keeper as a constant chaperone, she gave out kisses, rummaged in beach bags, daintily ate huge quantities of bananas, played in the waves, and even kicked and lumbered after a football.
The thing about elephants for me is they are one of nature’s great masterpieces. They have a truly astounding body. They are intelligent, curious, loyal, bonded and genuinely harmless unless provoked into defending a loved one. They have this air of accepting what comes with deep understanding and gentle empathy. They play and have fun.
A totem animal is a symbol of what we aspire to be, it is a way of affirming our goals if we lived more simply and in a more centered way, with pure and present thoughts and emotions. If this appeals to you (even if you’ve done it before), take a moment and relax your body and mind and simply ask what animal comes to mind as a symbol of what you aspire to be. Trust your intuition and take some time to appreciate the qualities you see. Connecting with an animal in this way can give us a powerful vision of how life could be.
Sue and Jeff