Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Nature Lessons

This little animal came to visit us this morning.

She stood in the woods, by the edge of our lawn. Muffy was on her leash and barking up a storm. But this gentle soul was curious and did not run away. I walked slowly toward her and took this photo. Muffy began to increase the intensity of her barking and as I spun around to quiet her, the deer turned and pranced away, her white tail bobbing through the forest.

The sight of her, took my breath away. The loud noise inside my head was quieted, my spirit stilled. I thought for a moment that she might let me pet her and I was tempted to follow her on her journey through the woods.

I believe in the interconnectedness of nature...that visits from wild animals who share our planet are not coincidental...that there is much we can learn about ourselves and the world if we stop and listen to the lessons they teach us.

"By observing the ways in which deer behave, it is possible to see what amazing qualities - or powers - they possess. From the deer we can learn that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps us understand the true meaning of wholeness...

If a deer crosses your path, this may show you that you are a very compassionate, gentle and loving person. If you don't have these qualities, then consider if you have a problem that needs addressing. Are you facing a challenge in your life, whether with a fellow human being or a delicate situation? If you are feeling negative emotions such as anger, try letting go. Think about whether a gentler and more loving approach can sort the issue out. It may be necessary to speak the truth, this is best done with kindness and from the heart, this will generally give a better result...

Deer teaches us how powerful it is to be of gentle demeanour, to exert keen observation and sensitivity. Deer's are in tune with nature and all it comprises. They are sacred carriers of peace and show us how to open their hearts and love unconditionally."

By Ina Woolcott