Being the modern woman is empowering, amazing, complicated and sometimes exhausting.
It’s also absolutely crazy and often completely unrealistic. We are all trying to “do it all”. Whether it’s shattering the glass ceiling with our high heels, our being the “Kate Middleton” mom (gorgeous, fit and polished at all times).
Between preparing (superfood) meals for ourselves and our families, going to the gym, driving everyone where they need to go (daycare, ballet, hockey, yoga, saxophone lessons), keeping the house looking decent, taking care of pets, kids, in-laws, maybe even direct reports… it’s all just so much. And then there is all of our other responsibilities and roles (friend,wife, colleague, volunteer etc.). How on earth do we gracefully survive?
We’re all looking for our secret weapon – a life coach, a new dress, a massage (make that a spa day) or a good bottle of wine.
It is the little things in life that can help make it all better and I am in love with Tiny Devotions who has a fun – slightly “woo” but empowering way to help you tap into your infinite possibility.
How else to brave the perfectly-imperfect life as a modern woman then to tap into the sacred wisdom that animals bring.
What are they talking about?
Finding your spirit animal.
It has long been believed that every human being has at least one “spirit animal” that serve as a protector, helper or companion to us. This is an ancient Native American practice that believes we are all connected to each other and the natural world and that we have special animal guides to help us along our way from boardroom to soccer field (and maybe Nordstrom’s in between).
Tiny Devotions has created a fun way to find your spirit animal as well as show your animal pride through our gorgeous mala bead jewelry.
Disclaimer: mala beads have been worn for thousands of years in traditions of yoga and meditation and the bottom line is they are supposed to help you get zen! Any modern girl can have a bit more of that right?
Check out our quiz below Or take one on their site Tiny Devotions for an easy and fun way to see what spirit animal is calling you.
Have you done the quiz but looking for a more in-depth way to connect to your spirit animal?
It’s believed that the following 7 ways are also really helpful while on the safari of spotting your spirit animal.
Meditate. Slow down, close your eyes, find a comfortable seated position (even if it’s in the car while you’re waiting for your kids or in the office a few minutes before diving into work). It is believed that our spirit animals often reveal themselves to us in our subconscious mind during meditative practices.
Go outside. Hike, bike, walk – the more time you spend outside the closer of a relationship you build to nature – which will help you tap into finding your spirit animal.
Pay attention to what the universe presents to you. Are you starting to see elephants everywhere? On television, in the book your children are reading and on the internet? It might be a sign that your spirit animal is calling you.
Hang out with animals as much as possible. Whether its your pet dog, taking your kids to the zoo or taking it to the amazing extreme of going on safari in Tanzania.
What are you dreaming about? Are any animals appearing in your dreams? Keep a journal by your bed and jot down notes of what you dreamt about as soon as you wake up (if you wait until later in the day your mind won’t remember). Your dreams have hints – listen to them.
What animals have you always been attracted to? Did you have a special stuffed animal lion when you were a kid? What animal did you say was your favorite when you were only a few years old? There are clues there…
Finally, be aware of unusual animal behavior around you. Does a particular animal always turn up? For a friend of mine – she always had a snake show up wherever she was – which is a powerful symbol of kundalini awakenings (that’s a whole other article). If there is an animal that’s always appearing there is a strong indication that it’s your spirit animal!
Can you have more than one spirit animal? Absolutely. There are no rules – this is all fun. Heck, Adele can be your spirit animal. You can also be 1 part shark, 1 part lion and 1 part starfish 😉 Have fun, and may your spirit animal power be with you next time you’re washing the sink full of dishes or negotiating the next big merger for your company.