Every moment. Awareness.
With you at all times. Ready to be felt, seen, heard, experienced, lived.
I'd like to share with you an experience with presence that includes a snake.
A couple weeks ago while out on a trail run, I intentionally practiced being present. I noticed the sights and sounds all around me. I frequently reminded myself, this moment matters. Then a few moments later, I came across the "matter" of a rattle snake!
I had heard rattle snakes graced the local foothills though I had never encountered one personally. This beautiful creature was about 4 feet in length and stretched halfway across the trail with about 3 feet of space on either side. I decided it wasn’t a good idea to try to get past her, so I squatted down low to the ground to just be with the snake.
I was fascinated and awed by the way she moved. Watching her filled me with wonder. As she slowly turned her body around and gently meandered into the bushes with no sense of urgency, I stood up and walked passed. There was nothing to fear.
Had I not been practicing presence I may have completely missed her on the trail and come right upon her perhaps stepping on her putting both of us in a good deal of danger.
The lesson I learned from this experience was presence is where life happens. When my mind veers off to review the past or to daydream or worry about the future, I completely miss what is right in front of me; in this case a beautiful rattle snake sunning herself in the warmth of the sun.
When I returned home, I looked up the meaning of the rattle snake as a totem animal and found this message.
In many cultures, the snake animal meaning is revered as a powerful totem representing the source of life. When the snake spirit animal appears in your life it likely means change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting. Snake energy is the energy of wholeness, consciousness and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation.
That fired me up. What a cool message to receive on an afternoon run.
I'll take the message a step further. All things are connected through the web of consciousness. I'll write more about that in the next post.
I would love to hear in the comments what messages you’ve received from your experiences with nature, animals, your fellow human beings, your body or whatever teacher has crossed your path to provide matter for your soul.
Playing with matter,