Like everybody else I know, sometimes I just feel like a rag that’s been wrung dry.
Too many deadlines, too much obligation, and too much (self-inflicted) stress and worry.
Why is Spike such good medicine?
Because she reminds me to squeeze the charm out of every moment in life.
She looks out into the world with deep wonder, and appreciation for everything she is experiencing. Observing her reminds me to do the same.
Iguana medicine is powerful stuff. It’s like taking a dose of simplicity. A measure of this Rx puts us in a state of simple joy for the lovely things around us.
Warm sun, fresh air, good food, fine music, a great book, flowers blooming, pleasant company, birds singing, shade trees, running water – real basic stuff we can all tick off our appreciation check-list.
That’s what iguanas do. They revel in the simple pleasures. Each moment in the warmth of the sun is a gift. Every Johnny Mathis tune is an unexpected pleasure (Spike loves Johnny Mathis), every mouthful of banana - an exquisite treat.
I’ve written more about Spike, and the amazing symbolic lessons she’s shared with me over the years. You can read all about Spike and her wisdom here.