As autumn rolls in, take time to encourage your little "human squirrels" to frolic and play amongst the leaves.
Mother Nature has some lesson to bestow via our furry friends~~~
by R. T. Eady
Like most people who have bird feeders, I've squired to steer squirrels from the bounty meant for my fine feathered friends. Most times to little avail. Despite my frustration, I have acquired a deep respect for this creature.
It occurred to me, after watching a human squirrel named Levi Meeuwenberg on America Ninja Challenge one day, that I was actually being bested by an applied philosophy and that I was in the presence of furry ninjas by golly:
Ninjutsu is usually translated as the "art of stealth." The Japanese character, "nin" (also translated as "shinobi") has many meanings, such as perseverance, endurance, and sufferance.
The idea of insurmountable obstacles is not part of a squirrel's viewpoint; nor is giving up. I once watched another video about an obstacle course designed to prevent squirrels from getting to bird seed. It included slides, revolving doors, and at least a dozen more challenging obstacles. Hmmm, sounds like Ninja Challenge -- though more so resembling Kunoichi (the woman's ninja competition version).
It took the squirrels less than a month to figure out what scientists had deliberated over a year to create.
The squirrel is a powerful symbol of perseverance and willingness to adopt different methods as the keys to successful outcomes.
Hence, it's not really dumb luck that lets the "blind squirrel find a nut sometime" as the old adage goes.
This animal also teaches us the importance of preparedness. No animal is busier than a squirrel during autumn, as it gathers nuts and seeds and buries them. For us humans preparedness is not only important on the physical level; it can mean being as flexible as Squirrel when it comes to allowing and initiating change.
Squirrel also reminds us to gather only that which is necessary. This animal's medicine can be a valuable antidote not only for the syndrome of hoarding physical things, but also for the habit of hoarding emotions and memories which are no longer needed and which limit our trust in love and abundance.
Busy as this animal often is, it always has time to play. Squirrels can be seen to pause in the midst of frenetic nut gathering, to leap at each other and roll about in the leaves. Squirrels also seem to enjoy simply resting on a tree branch or deck railing in a pose which certainly projects contemplative meditation.
In this way, the squirrel teaches us that there is time for everything in life, and that the balance between work, play, and rest and contemplation is vital to our overall feeling of well-being and harmony.
Perhaps they are here to serve us up a ninja-like message: overcome adversity with a calm and happy spirit.