Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Embracing My Spirit Animal: The Tiger

My Spirit Animal: Tiger

Spirit Animal

Characteristics: Willpower, personal strength and courage, aggression or anger, unpredictability

Spirit Animal Profile: In the kingdom of spirit animals, the tiger puts a special emphasis on raw feelings and emotions. The tiger spirit animal symbolizes primal instincts, unpredictability, and ability to trust yourself. By affinity with this spirit animal, you may enjoy dealing with life matters spontaneously, trusting your intuition and acting fast when needed.

When I first read this, I laughed to myself. I’m not wild and unpredictable. But then, I took a step back and realized that I was thinking about myself being rebellious and uncontrollable, and in some ways, actually, that’s true. I like to go against the grain--I just do so quietly, and I don’t cause many ripples when doing so. I don’t have to be an angry person for the tiger to be my spirit animal. It actually makes a lot of sense.

What spoke to me most in this description of spirit animal is the idea that I deal with life matters by “...trusting [my] intuition and acting fast when needed.” This is very true. I believe that intuition is a sense that humans often overlook, especially in Western culture. Although science is necessary and useful, the idea of I’ll believe it when I see it doesn’t always apply to me in daily life. Knowledge is power, certainly; but to only act on what you know can lead to a life where you’re constantly searching for facts and proof and only believe what you can see, touch, or smell. You might be okay with that, but I’m not, and that’s why I trust my instincts in addition to what I know in important situations. If I don’t trust my instincts when I’m making a decision, I can assure you, the job/activity/situation has never worked out. 

Special Thanks to Wild Woman Sisterhood

I choose to educate myself on matters, but I also have chosen to let go. Essentially, I trust myself, and I trust the process of life. I flourish on unpredictability--the idea that I won’t know how something is going to turn out. It drives my husband crazy, but I like the calm after the storm. It makes me enjoy silence and relaxation, whenever I have that.

Although I embrace the wild part of me, I know that it can sometimes be a burden on other people as well as myself. As I vaguely just mentioned, I don’t have a lot of silence and relaxation in my life. Stillness is something that I believe to be important, but I don’t value my personal time as much as I should. I’m addicted to being busy. I want to make a difference in the world, so I work my tail off endlessly to do so, but I often forget about myself.

How can I change that? I recently went through a time of major reflection, and serendipity has played its part. I’m looking forward to having a quieter, family-centered life, while embracing my tiger spirit, and using my energy for the good of others, and myself.  

I follow a Facebook page, Wild Woman Sisterhood, and I came across this. Enjoy.

by Amy D. Penny

I listen to my heart and I follow my intuition. I am wise. I am strong. I am happy to just be me.

The Wild Woman can be found within any woman, but despite the occasional sighting of the Wild Woman she is lost behind social masks and expectations.

When the Wild Woman is lost, an innate part of the woman is lost.

The Wild Woman celebrates the woman within in all her uniqueness and beauty. The Wild Woman is above reproach. She is a natural healer. She is sensual without apology. She is compassionate and supportive. She lifts others up. She is confident yet humble. She is connected to nature. She is creative. She is strong without being hard or brash. She dances and sings because she just can’t stop herself from enjoying life.

She is simply herself. She honours who she truly is. She stands in her own power and she speaks her own truth. She sets values to live by and she is accountable for her actions and her words...

What’s your spirit animal? Find out what it is, and is discover whether or not you agree with it. What things are true? What are false? How? Why? What do you like about yourself? What would you like to change, and how will you do it? Find your spirit animal HERE.

What’s also humorous is that I found this picture. I’m now not only a tiger on the inside, but I have stripes. #proudmama

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