Metamorphosis of the Monarch Caterpillar

I love butterflies. Their spectacular transformation is such a beautiful analogy to our own human journey of growth and awakening.

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Unfortunately all of nature doesn’t appear to be in agreement with my sentiments. To our collective horror, my daughter and I witnessed a wasp tearing a caterpillar to shreds a couple of weeks ago in our yard. Consequently we were instantly inspired to create an impromptu monarch village via the butterfly boxes that are temporarily parked on my dining room table. Admittedly it feels a little “Silence of the Lambs” in there, but we have yet to make any skin suits out of the neighbors.

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The butterflies are lovely and they bring such joy to all of us whenever we release them. However we have yet to sit for hours to watch every stage of their development. In all fairness to us, we can’t sit for hours doing anything. Given this short attention span challenge we face, I thought that it would be interesting to record one of our monarch caterpillars changing to chrysalis form so we could speed it up. The video is only about a minute long, but the actual process shown here took several hours.

Feel free to share with your children. It’s fascinating to watch this wild caterpillar in action. ūüôā

Hugs to you! ūüôā Jo

This is the youtube link. https://youtu.be/BEFIUzgN5qY

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Breaking Free

butterfly4aYou wouldn’t think much to look at it. ¬†And of course that assumes that you would have even noticed it in the first place. ¬†Many people would walk right by and yet it would remain unseen. ¬†They don’t recognize the magic. ¬†The wonder. ¬†The amazing. ¬†It’s all within view if they can simply look a little harder.

I feel this way sometimes.  I am invisible.  Hidden in the roles I play.  Camouflaged in a daily routine.  Surrounded by a beautiful facade.  At times I want to fault others for their failure to see what I have to offer, but then the realization slams into me.

The others aren’t the ones who are missing it. ¬†I am.

I am the one who can’t see who I truly am, and I am the one who can’t recognize what I have to offer.

butterfly3aHow often do we degrade our perceptions of ourselves based on where we are in the moment?  We criticize our physical appearances.  We curse our life circumstances.  We replay our sad choices and moments of humanity in our minds and declare ourselves unworthy or unlovable.  We twist reality to meet our misconceptions and insecurities.  We assume that the world sees us this way as well.

But that doesn’t make any of those judgements true.

It is human nature to seek validation from every external source we can find.  The irony is that the wonder and mystery of our lives is not what happens on the outside.  It is without question that the experiences and individuals outside of our physical and spiritual selves are there to be enjoyed, loved, and appreciated.  They complement our human experience and allow us to grow on countless levels.  We develop with these external elements, but the true miracle that is embedded inside us was there long before they came along.

Something deep and beautiful and mysterious lies dormant within us.  It waits to break free of all that we create to keep it locked away.  We must push past our fears if we are to know our true beauty and purpose.  We are so much more than we allow others and ourselves to see.  Wake up.  Reveal your beauty to the world.  And break free!butterfly1a

Love to all of the beautiful miracles out there!  Joanna

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***pic 1 – monarch chrysalis hanging on a lemon plant on our patio
***pic 2 – monarch caterpillar having a nap before chewing up more milkweed
***pic 3 – monarch butterfly that had just emerged from another chrysalis on our patio this morning

Stop Aiming for Normal

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This is a swallowtail caterpillar nibbling on parsley on our patio. There’s a smaller one to the upper left in the pic, too.

I’m not normal. ¬†I know this. ¬†Apparently it’s all the rage though because I constantly hear people saying how they just want to be normal.

While we are on the subject, would someone mind clarifying for me exactly what that means please. ¬†Also I would like detail regarding why so many people are dead set on achieving the whole being “normal” distinction. ¬†If possible, please provide specific examples of the actual normal people in the world so I can have a template to emulate. ¬†I don’t think that I’ve personally met any of these normal individuals just yet, but maybe I can’t recognize it since I’ve never fit the mold. ¬†On that note, do they sell that mold on Amazon, and if so, it is available with prime delivery?

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This was not a normal caterpillar.  He took a nap and then grew wings and started to fly.

Stop aiming for normal. ¬†No one is normal. That’s not a thing.¬† And even if it was, why would you want to achieve thay anyway? ¬† Spread your wings. ¬†You are different, unusual, and unique for a reason. ¬†Own it!

Love and light and epic abnormality!  Joanna

Unusual

The WP Challenge word I referenced above is unusual. The writers and photographers I share with you here each display this element in their own beautiful, unique, and magical ways. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

https://mavimet.com/
https://magickmermaid.wordpress.com/
https://horseaddict.net/
https://outanabout.com/
https://roseelaineblog.wordpress.com/

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