The sound of splintering trees roused me from my pre-dawn mantra on the front porch. Twigs snapping from across the street– was a tree falling down? It was my morning sadhana in downtown Amherst, MA and the July sun was just starting to peek through the trees. I was chanting Sat Siri Siri Akal - eyes closed - focused up and in. I slowly opened my eyes, witnessing a moose making its way onto Beston Street from the trees, right there, on our quiet, in-town, dead-end street. It felt dreamy and took a moment to register. I jumped up and with iPhone in hand to get a picture as they trotted through my neighbor’s yard, dog barking from her house. The sounds of twigs breaking was my compass.
It was my first moose sighting ever - anywhere. I’ve always wanted to see one. The moose found me – on my porch, 5:20 am, chanting with birds – a five minute walk from coffee shops and restaurants. It found me when I wasn’t looking. It was a present and I was giddy. A moose on Beston Street.
I turned to my Spirit Animal oracle cards – by Jamie Sams and David Carson. I tuned in – sat myself on the back stoop with feet on the earth. Was the moose a gift for me? If it was, I should draw the moose card. I spread the cards in front of me, flipped a card without a thought and there it was. Moose. I held my face in my hands, taking it in. The gift of moose medicine.
According to Jamie Sam’s and David Carson, moose is a powerful animal and the message is a pat on the back. “If you have chosen the moose card, you have reason to feel good about something you have accomplished in your journey. This may be a habit you have broken, a completion of some sort, an insight on a goal or a new sense of self that you have fought hard to earn. It is a time of feeling harmonious pride and of recognizing those that have aided you in the process. One good exercise in moose medicine is to write down things that you can love about yourself and your progress in life. Then apply these same things to friends, family, coworkers and life. Don’t forget to share the findings with others. They need the encouragement as much as you do.”
What do I love about myself and my progress in life? Okay Moose. I’ll do it. Please join me and get out a piece of paper. What do you love about yourself and the progress you have made on your journey? I love:
ü The healing home that I created – that holds those that enter it.
ü Colors and wearing whatever I want.
ü Connection with nature.
ü My Cats Nico, Rascal and Kit Kat and my dog Jack and how our relationship has evolved.
ü Willingness to go deep and look at the tough stuff with humble, honest, brave eyes.
ü My discipline.
ü Writing, pondering, dreaming.
ü A new normal of accepting (more frequently) the way things are. Going with the flow. Not forcing things to happen.
ü Learning what wellness and self-care are.
ü That a bad day or a bad moment is just that – a moment.
ü My dreams.
ü Adventures that I create.
ü My relationship with my kids.
ü Accepting that even though I think I don’t know what I’m doing or what is happening or why I’m doing things I’m doing – that I do know. And starting to get it - I know what I’m doing. That’s called trust. I love that I’m starting to trust myself. There. Said it.
Moose Medicine shows me that when I work to heal myself, I’m better equipped to heal others. And when I create a healing space for myself and my family – others feel it - the Air BnB-ers feel it. They describe a peaceful, relaxed energy of the house; greenery; snuggly cats and appreciate windows opened on a summer night – letting the outside in and the inside out. Travelers come together at Rosehip26 and one of us has something important to share with another – about healing, mourning, creating a business, traveling or a passion. We share books, insights, life experiences, adventures, and often, a love for cats! I’ve had over 300 guests from all over the world. Every person for a reason.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo – I bow to the teacher’s all around me. Thank you to all my teachers – SiriNam, Haleya and Thom, Wendy, family, coworkers, neighbors and friends. Thank you mother earth. Thank you Moose.
*Second Title credit goes to Shirley Griffin, my neighbor – I love that I can have two titles if I want.
Rosehip26 is an Air BNB, Reiki Integrative Touch and Kundalini Yoga offering from Janet Howard. Located in downtown Amherst, MA, Rosehip26 is for rest, relaxation and healing. Visitors may join Janet for her morning Sadhana – her kundalini practice and some Sunday mornings at White Barn Studio. Check page for schedule details. Reiki, integrative touch and multi-dimensional healing is available by appointment. Learn more about how a healing touch can aid in total health, letting go, turning a page, stress/pain management and relaxation.