What does dragonflies have to do with dinner?
If we are aware and open, the natural world gives us signs and answers to our questions. Plants, animals, insects and birds all have messages for us. The thing is we have to be still and observant to hear these messages.
I had been sitting at Lawson Lookout, thinking about an issue that has been troubling me for a long time. Trying to look at it from other angles. After about 30 mins I felt it was time to leave so I started to make my way up the path, back to the car. As I walked along the path a dragonfly flew in front of me and landed on a twig just to my left. It was so close I could have touched it. As I looked at it, I knew it was not a coincidence, it had a message for me. I felt compelled to google ‘Dragonfly Medicine’ on my phone. I opened up the page and began reading. What I read, gave me some insights and clarified what I had been thinking about a few moments ago. I kept reading aloud, looking back at the dragonfly. I was only half way through the page when the dragonfly flew off, yet the words that I had just read held major significance for me. I stood for a while pondering what I had just learnt, before I continued back to the car feeling more settled about the situation. This is not the first time an animal or insect has crossed my path and I am always grateful for their wisdom. There is so much that we do not understand, that we can not logically ‘get’ yet we are supported greatly on this journey through life.
On the drive home I felt I needed grounding – food that would help bring the energy downwards, away from the head. By my very nature I am very much in my head, too much of the time. I drove through Springwood hoping I would be guided to stop somewhere to get something as I knew a salad would not be beneficial. Nothing caught my eye. It was not until I was almost home that I thought of the root vegetables I had in the fridge – carrots, potato and beetroots. Root vegetables grow downwards into the ground so energetically they help ground you when you consume them. They were going to be the basis of my dinner – roasted root vegetables.
Quinoa was the next ingredient that came to mind. Quinoa grows at high altitudes in the Andean region and is very tolerant (adaptable) to the climate there. It tolerates droughts, rain, wind, whatever the weather is and if the climate is not conducive to growth it waits until the weather conditions are. This ability or strength to adapt to its environment is part of quinoa’s energetic make up, so when consumed this quality is also assimilated. With these two ingredients – root vegetables and quinoa, as the main components, I then added flat leaf parsley and baby spinach for greens, red onion (roasted) for sweetness, almond butter for fats and protein and a sprinkle of celtic sea salt to bring out all the flavours. After dinner I felt centred and grounded and very much in my body, instead of in my head.
The food that we eat not only provides the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats) or micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals) which our body needs, it also proves our body with energetic information. This information comes from how the food grows, ie root vegetables – grounding, where it grows like quinoa’s qualities or the behaviour ie animals. Why is it that so many cultures have chicken soup as a remedy for those who are sick and frail? If you observe chickens they are constantly on the go, have lots of energy, full of vitality and almost animated when compared to a cow. So making soup from chickens will mean that the quality/nature (energetics) of the chicken is also transferred into the soup helping the person recover and regain their vitality.
Next time you are feeling unbalanced or have something that is troubling you, I invite you to spend some time observing yourself and the world around you. Who knows what messages, insights or answers you will receive.
In good health, Vicki
If you would like to find out more about the messages from the natural world start with the internet as I did when the dragonfly appeared for me. For more information on food energetics look into Food Energetics: The Spiritual, Emotional, and Nutritional Power of What We Eat by Steve Gagne