This afternoon I was driving home after picking up Little, and movement across a field caught my eye. A cyotoe was shaking it’s head in a vigorous fashion. The way a dog will shake off water. This lasted no more then a split second but the lesson was immediate.
Two things you should know before we really get into this. First the coyote is viewed as a trickster by many folk traditions. The second is that I love coyotes. They speak to me on all levels. I realize that many humans do not care for them, and find it strange the amount of affection I have for them. My neighbor, to use an recent example, was telling me I should get a deer fence to keep all the wildlife off our property. “Keep the dear and those damed coyotes out”. I wonder about people who move to the country and then want to keep all of nature out but that is another story.
Lets get back to the lesson
A coyote shaking water off.
We all know the parse you have to shake it off. Meaning get over it and move on but what does it mean when a coyote is telling us to shake it off?
What are you paying attention to that is not really important? What have you been tricked in to believing (by someone else or you) that you are responsible for? What are you being tricked into spending your time and energy on (again either by you or by someone else) that really is not part of your purpose? What are you telling yourself as excuse for why you are not living the life you want?
Take another look.
See the trick for what it is
Shake it off!