Gary, my cloister walk field trip guide this week took me to see a beaver dam. I didn’t understand his enthusiasm for this until we actually reached the location. For me, it was breathtaking. I was in awe.
As I stepped out of the vehicle, I looked at the site and thought, “city planners.” The trees had been cleared in this area of the forest and multiple dams had been built. The beavers’ dams had stopped and re-routed the mountain stream, creating moats and pools of water everywhere.
Gary pointed to the fortress in the middle, so we decided to make our way through, walking around the wetlands and over the streams until we go to the “moat” surrounding their castle. It was amazing. That was truly the highlight of my field trip that day.
When I returned to headquarters, I decided to find out what the beaver symbolized for Native Americans as a totem animal. At www.linsdomain.com I found that beaver is the dream builder. How appropriate for me to encounter beaver that day. I’ve been questioning my choices and wondering myself if the timing is right to step back in the world and follow my dreams.
That’s part of what my “Cloister Walk” is about for me – following my dreams. The beaver showed up for me to ask myself if I’m following my dreams. Are you following yours?
More about why beavers build dams can be found at the Animal Planet website.