Listening to Signs from Nature

We are used to thinking about nature as sending “messages” with big things like weather and earthquakes—though we often scoff at the idea as superstition. But there is a whole tradition around the world of looking at the little signs from nature and examining the personal messages that may be there for us.

This morning as I went out to sit on my couch for my morning coffee, I had a visitor! It wasn’t the usual caterpillar or fly, but a box turtle. After wishing her a delightful good morning, I went to get my favorite books to see what message she had for me. The architect who helped us design our house told me about these books (he doesn’t use a computer at all, so he said they were hard to find, but I found them immediately on Amazon.com!). In his free time he studies shamanism. The two books are by Ted Andrews and they are Nature Speak and Animal Speak. They are a little strange sometimes, mystical with a capital M. But I enjoy dipping into his books as signs from nature appear in my life and seeing what they have to say.

My morning visitor
My morning visitor

What does a turtle signify? Well, as you can guess…slow down! That, ironically, is exactly what I have been contemplating this week. So I interpret the turtle’s appearance as a sign that I am on the right track. Since it is a box turtle, Andrews suggests that I might also need to learn how to protect myself more. Again, something I’ve been contemplating. As I rush about from meeting to meeting and try to solve all the problems of the world and also get dinner made in a reasonable time, I sometimes forget to take care of myself and keep myself strong and healthy. Turtles are also a symbol of longevity, which is good because I’ve been thinking about how to keep myself healthy for the long haul.

Much of this is common sense. But how often is common sense missing in our lives? Especially when we are rushing around and too busy to reconnect with our common sense. I will leave you with this quote from the last paragraph of Ted’s turtle section. Perhaps you, too, can get some turtle magic today:

“Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth. In Mother Earth is all that we need. She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her. For that to happen, we must slow down and heighten our sensibilities. We must see the connection to all things. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the Earth.”

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10 Responses to Listening to Signs from Nature

  1. Kimberly Brown May 26, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Very cool.

  2. Liza (Good to Grow, in Albuquerque) May 26, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Aw, that’s so sweet. I’ve always been a sucker for turtles – maybe now I know why!!

  3. Becky May 26, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Turtles bring you luck if placed in your garden! A Feng Shui tip! : )

  4. Maya May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Cool!

  5. Carolyn Davis May 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Maria, I love your articles!! I always feel that I am right there with you, and your advice and how we should eat organic food. I also have taken Pevention over 40 years, and so loved your Mother’s articles. We should all be grateful to have a person like you who always tells us how important it is to eat organic foods, take care of your body, and most of all, live a healthy life. I do like your recipes so much. I especially enjoyed the article on your trip to Ireland since I have been there. I read your article the first thing very morning, and look forward to it!!

  6. Cyndie May 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Very Awesome and I believe it too! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Lisa S May 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    The colors and pattern in your turtle’s shell are gorgeous. I think zebra and giraffe prints are so 5 minutes ago. I’m into turtle prints!

  8. Jenny May 28, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    loved this!

  9. robin June 2, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    great article from a friend today~

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/01/dirty.dozen.produce.pesticide/index.html?hpt=C1

  10. Lilly June 22, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Filanly! This is just what I was looking for.

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