Are you willing to entertain the thought that tick bites aren't all bad? I would like to contribute some positivity to the conversation about ticks and stop all the fear mongering.
For some people, ticks are now almost synonymous with woods, nature, and the great outdoors. Have we forgotten that there are methods of prevention? I’ve read recent articles suggesting to “simply stay away from the woods.” How sad to encourage such fear!
We are not an indoor species and avoiding nature is not a solution.
We can take precautions without completely avoiding. Dress wisely, use essential oils or other repellent, and check afterwards. Make a choice to enjoy the outdoors without anxiety and accept each experience as a way to learn something about yourself.
Whether we encounter an obstacle, an opportunity, or a tick bite, we have a choice: stay the same or learn something.
Sometimes the learning is heavy, and difficult to walk through. When our life or our body is out of balance in any direction, yoga and other philosophies suggest that the pendulum will eventually swing to that exact same opposite extreme in an effort to create balance. So a common example would be if your schedule is totally out of control and you are in a constant state of overdrive and stress and busyness, eventually, the universe will offer you an opportunity to heal. It might be a car accident, a job loss, or an illness, that gives your body a chance to shut things down for long enough to recoup and the lesson would be to (hopefully) reevaluate your priorities and slow down. Take it or leave it, and possibly re-learn the same lessons over and over again.
Learning lessons through the vehicle of the physical body is uncomfortable. But in order to actually grow, we must be brave enough to observe with objectivity. At the time, you may see the experience as negative, but had you avoided it in some way, you would not be who you are today. We will not grow on our spiritual path if we avoid life's lessons or live from a place of fear. Faith and fear are antonyms.
So what can we learn from receiving a tick bite? Lots of things, actually.
SpiritAnimals.com says, “The tick symbolizes the danger of inflating fears way out of proportion compared to risk. Like a tick, fear is also a parasite in a human life which sucks the entire life out and makes one feel empty.”
Ironic, right? Whether you end up sick or not, the very tick bite you fear so much offers a wake-up call.
Living from a place of fear affects every...single...aspect of our life.
Fear affects how deeply you allow yourself to feel. If you are afraid to feel fear itself, the act of avoiding that which scares you draws you further away from any sort of healing that might occur. Living from a place of faith doesn’t mean taking unnecessary risks; it just means choosing to fully live your life and embrace all that comes.
We must all learn how to not only accept what comes, but to be curious about it's usefulness for our spiritual journey. When we recognize every single occurrence as though it's happening FOR our spiritual development (rather than something bad happening TO us), we eventually develop profound appreciation for even things such as tick bites.
Is this an attitude you are willing to commit to? Can you help to spread THIS type of message instead of more negativity and fear? What challenges are you experiencing that might actually be your medicine? Share your thoughts with me.