“Polar Bear Totem” - watercolor & ink on paper, 9” x 12"
This has been a week of moody Florida skies…billowing white clouds set against fuchsia, bright blue and black, lightning flashes and rolling thunder, tropical breezes and torrential rains, majestic palms waving like hula dancers across the top of the lanai. And I am painting a polar bear.
When the polar bear comes into your life, you are reminded of how strong and courageous you are. Regardless of how intimidating challenges might be, you will not be overwhelmed. This is quite reassuring during a week of transition and travel, new beginnings and big changes. Shamans consider the polar bear an ally and spirit helper. The polar bear is fearless…and the energy of the universe flows freely when fear is absent. I like the thought of freely flowing energy replacing fear.
The polar bear is considered to embody the spirit of the north, and to hold ancient wisdom. This concept makes me smile while I am moving to the sunny, steamy southern tip of the country. Bringing the spirit of the north with me through the polar bear totem is just the counterbalance I need here. And who doesn’t want some ancient wisdom?
Polar bears are observers and planners, gauging possible outcomes before acting. It is necessary for them to conserve energy and use it wisely and accurately. If the polar bear is your totem animal, it is important to learn how to manage your energy in a similar manner. Now this is tough advice for me, an “act first and plan later” kind of person. But of course, it is exactly what I need. Just this week, working outside in the heat, I had a lesson or two in what happens when I don’t plan ahead and conserve energy in the sun and humidity.
Whatever life brings you this summer, be it heat, big transitions or challenges, use a little polar bear mojo to see you through!
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Lola (Jen) Jovan and her imaJENation