As I’ve settled into more Niksen time, and have learned to move through my depression, my life has slowed down tremendously. So when I watched the film Christopher Robin with my son recently, I was reconnected with the wonderful world of Winnie the Pooh. I grew up reading his books and watching his shows, and I remember in college reading the book “The Tao of Pooh,” and so I also associate his character with a Zen way of life. I’ve never adopted a fictional character as a Spirit Animal before, but after all, he is a bear!
The bear is a very powerful spirit animal that represents (from spiritanimal.info):
So why adopt a Spirit Animal? How can they support us? The following is the definition of Spirit Animal from dictionary.com:
Spirit animal refers to a spirit which helps guide or protect a person on a journey and whose characteristics that person shares or embodies. It is also metaphor, often humorous, for someone or something a person relates to or admires.
In short, a Spirit Animal is someone or something that you can turn to for inspiration or support throughout your lifetime. They can add meaning to your life, and give you a deeper understanding of who and why you are. Sounds pretty existential, huh?
Well, Winnie the Pooh got me thinking about who I am and how I want to present myself to the world. Besides feeling connected to the bear spirit animal meaning, I also find myself drawn to his Zen-like qualities. He has a very playful, childlike outlook on life, and I tend to take myself too seriously most of the time. So I need his humor and lighthearted outlook on life most days. He doesn’t judge, and just loves his friends for who they are, and I need help with that too. When I look back at his stories, I see so, so many gifts he has given me over the years.
Did you know Winnie the Pooh had a spot like this? He called it “Pooh’s Thotful Spot.” Of course, he tried to think, think, think in this spot, but he also relaxed and enjoyed this spot in the same way we would enjoy a Sit Spot. My Sit Spot is in a hammock chair on my porch, and it’s my favorite spot to watch the birds and squirrels. Perhaps Pooh can inspire you to find a spot to sit in and enjoy a little Niksen time too.
Teacher, mother, lover of lounging in nature. This blog documents my experience with Niksening in nature and applying this type of minimalism to all aspects of my life, in order to simplify and amplify the best parts of life.
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