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Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Butterfly

Let’s start with a little science 101.

As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.”

full article Here https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/caterpillar-butterfly-metamorphosis-explainer/

In that Cocoon, the actual caterpillar actually breaks down entirely and turns into a liquid! It’s always amazed me that from that deconstructed state, the beauty of a butterfly can emerge.

How does that relate to us humans?

I think about those times in my life when events and situations have actually made me feel like caterpillar mush. Losing someone, Break ups with friends or partners, Career disappointments, Physical hardships, and the list goes on…. We've all been there! But here’s the Good thing. We've made it through! And it’s OK if you’re still in the process of putting the pieces back together again because that is where our magic lies! (more on that later)

The one thing we can’t stop is that the universe is always in flux, things are always changing around us. AND things are always shifting WITHIN us. Embracing change is a powerful thing to do. Living Life forces us to grow emotionally. Unfortunately sometimes it feels as uncomfortable as hanging upside from a tree limb! However....

The piece that I often forget is allowing myself the time to ‘cocoon.’ In our world of cell phones, social media, high speed cable and microwaves things are always moving around us at a light speed.

It’s healthy sometimes, to take a temporary trip into the cocoon and self-examine, ponder our next flight, and reorganize. The caterpillar literally puts itself back together cell by cell. Maybe it’s OK for us too sometimes, to allow ourselves time to unplug and reorganize our internal data!

Here’s the magic of your beautiful….

Butterflies come together once and live their singular life as Monarch, Blue, or Black or whatever shade Mother Nature chooses for them.

But the magic of being human is that we get to choose. Maybe in your 20’s you were a Chef Butterfly and in your 30’s your focus was being a Parent Butterfly, and now you’re in your 50’s, You can create the Butterfly that you will be next!

Or perhaps we continue on the same path but with each decade and each cocoon we get stronger, our beauty becomes more magnificent, our colors become more vibrant and we learn to become more connected with our own unique soul.

The cocoon is not the end. It is just a new beginning :)

Today? I feel like that Rainbow Butterfly pictured above!

What Butterfly are YOU? Drop a line back....

Til’ we meet again, Wishing you strength inside your next cocoon and blessings so that you may continue to soar

Love,

~Meredith

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