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Totem of the Week: Woodpecker

Woodpecker teaches the power of rhythm.

They remind us to balance the rhythms of work and play, activity and rest, seeking and allowing in our lives.

I consider the woodpecker one of my top animal totems.  When I spot one, I stop everything to ogle.  And listen.  Their drumming mesmerizes me.

Last summer a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers gifted us with a nest in the old apple tree in our backyard.  They hatched one glorious, hungry woodpeckerette who insisted on bugs, grubs and suet from our feeder.

 

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When you’re worried that you’re not keeping up, or that everyone else is experiencing life or success at a totally different (probably faster) pace than you, connect with woodpecker energy.

Woodpecker’s unusual flight pattern teaches us to follow our individual rhythm, go at a pace that serves us and to fly in our unique way.

If a woodpecker shows up in your life, it may be letting you know that it’s safe to follow your own rhythms.

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