Monday, January 8, 2018

Self care - Growing Wings, Mother painting by Natasa Vretenar

I have been thinking about what bird would be a true representation at this moment in my life as a mother. It came to me in a dream - it had to be a flamingo.  I always found peace by visiting zoos and observing animals. Throughout the years, I must have spent hundreds of hours just watching flamingos. I find them fascinating and the words that come to mind to describe this fascination are: balance, teamwork, sociability, being faithful to their partners, and self care.
They can stand on one leg and maintain balance of their entire body for a long time. This balance is perhaps what every human being is looking for - both physically and metaphorically. It is certainly what I am striving for. Flamingos are always in large groups, and they mate for life. They are also beautiful with their pink feathers which they groom all the time.

In old mythologies, flamingos have been regarded as strong spirit animal with healing powers (Egypt and Rome).

Motherhood can morph into many different shapes as kids grow and life arrangements change.

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