The Spirit Earth Team met out at Grand Teton National Park. We have been traveling off and on (but doing a terrible job of writing about our adventures!). Our latest trip has us back out west for the summer.
Our first night in Grand Teton National Park, we had the joy of seeing a moose eating along the river. There were several people gathered, cameras, iPhones, and binoculars in hand watching the moose’s every move. For the most part, it ignored us, but a couple of times it looked up and gave us all a steely stare. Clearly, it was sending the message to keep to our own side of the river and not bother him!
On our last morning at the Gros Ventre Campground, we woke up to another moose visitation. This time, it was wandering right through our section of the campground, stopping to graze in the campsite beside us. This moose acted as if the cars and gawking people weren’t even there! It was supremely calm and un-bothered by it all. It stayed for awhile before ambling off to another patch of plants on the other side of the campground and finally wandering off into the woods.
Obviously, this isn’t a message not to be careful around moose! They are dangerous animals and can be very territorial, so as with all wild things, we recommend respecting its boundaries. As we also like to look at the spiritual metaphor in all things though, we wanted to share what we learned from the moose.
First, the moose was clearly very confident and had a good sense of self-esteem. It wasn’t afraid to go for what it wanted. That has come up for all of us lately. Even getting back to writing on this blog took a dose of confidence! It is important though because it is only in trying things that we experience the joy of the new.
Second, the moose was a good example of self-respect and love. A big theme that has been coming up lately for many of our coaching clients is the importance of loving and fully accepting oneself. This allows us to be authentic and in integrity with who we really are.
The third learning from the moose was to not be afraid to make your needs clear. The first moose made it clear that we weren’t to venture into his space. The second was clearly intent on getting to the yummy plants in the middle of the campsite! In each case, there was a sense of strong confidence and self-assurance that is good medicine for those trying to walk their authentic path.
Here is another photo from Grand Teton National Park!