Mowing the lawn seems like a wonderful walking meditation to me. I get outdoors and out of my mind as I flow back and forth across the grass. Often I receive cool insights too, and today was no exception. As I was approaching a large anthill, I got a very clear message, “If you want to build community, stop killing ants!”
What? This gave me something to consider as I continued mowing…around the anthill. I love animal medicine (to learn more about this, check out Ted Andrews bestseller Animal Speak), and observe a no-kill lifestyle believing that all life is connected. I have also repeatedly noticed that I attract animals that symbolize the very gifts and strengths I need at different times in my life, affirming to me that life happens for us, not to us.
I understand that ants symbolize community. As one who loves creating community, I don’t kill ants. Still, I do flatten their mounds to have a more attractive lawn, so maybe this message is telling me that’s not such a great idea.
When I annihilate their habitat, I’m in effect telling them I’m not thrilled they are there. Actually they tend to move after a couple of times. On the other hand, if I acknowledge that they are building huge communities in my career and personal growth areas (feng shui), I can thank them for their energy and honor their community just as I’d like mine to be.
Will my community grow even if I level ant hills? Probably. Still, why not recognize these little beings as being here for me, and receive them with gratitude?
As you can see above, I left them. More than that, I appreciate them.