All things are sacred, nothing is sacred.
Maybe like me, you know people who take themselves VERY seriously. Maybe you voted for one. (Only kidding. I know you didn’t. Right?)
But what you may not know is that when we take ourselves too seriously, that’s when Coyote can remind us to laugh at ourselves and at some of the crazy twists and turns of life.
In native American lore, the coyote is often known as a trickster. But he doesn’t set out to fool us. Instead, he reflects back at us our wisdom and our foolishness both, teaching us that they often go together. Lessons learned by experience and mistakes, that’s what coyote medicine is about.
Coyote is not my spirit animal, but I love him and what he teaches just the same. Not to mention how beautiful he is.
Coyotes are resilient, tenacious and adaptable, surviving man’s encroachment on his territory. With fewer grizzlies and wolves in California and the willingness of livestock farmers to use alternative means to prevent predation, the coyote is coming back and doing pretty well in our state. Of course, we don’t see that many of them down in the city and if we do, it means that something’s wrong. The good thing, though, is that man is learning to live with these (and other) beautiful creatures, when once these predator populations were decimated.
Regardless, his adaptability is a powerful lesson for us all. Think about the number of times you’ve had to adapt to a changing world. YOUR changing world. Weren’t those experiences some of your greatest lessons? Coyote is a survivor. And that’s one of the other reasons I love him.
If you’re lucky enough to encounter Coyote, know that he’s a powerful spirit animal, here to teach you something important. If you’ve fallen on tough times, look to Coyote’s adaptability and survival skills for inspiration. Oh, and if you did happen to vote for someone who takes himself VERY seriously? Well, it’s not too late to take coyote’s wisdom. To learn the lesson. Just sayin’.