Animal Medicine at Omega
I’m journaling about an ongoing spiritually expansive experience. Start here to read previous posts: Omega Experience Page
The Groundhog Who Came Forward
This is a post from my time volunteering at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck New York.
I was walking back to my dorm room to get my digital camera because I saw a once-only photo waiting to be taken. It was there in-between the art hut and another building, a spray of yellow flowers on the ground that seemed designed perfectly to match the colorful painting already adorning the side of the art hut.
As I walked back, I glanced to my right and saw the groundhog that lives under our dorm. I know she lives there because I hear her waking up sometimes. They make a wonderfully human sound, similar to what I do when I’m waking up.
As I stopped to look at the groundhog, back in the woods and just barely visible, a miracle occurred. The groundhog looked up and made eye contact with me and started walking directly toward me. I was mesmerized as I watched this. She came a few steps then stopped to nibble on some leaves. Then, she looked up at me again and came closer. This coming closer kept happening until she was completely out in the open and literally no further away than 8 feet. Several times, she looked up at me directly and each time, I felt so blessed.
Then, someone came to get in their car and someone else came to return to the dorm and it was time to go. I treasure this meeting in a way I can’t explain.
It was a dream I had as a child, to be able to walk with the animals and be at home with them and have them be at home with me. Here, at Omega, I’ve seen it is possible.
I had just been thinking about the sweet chipmunks here. I seem to keep seeing the same one. How do I know when they all look so similar? Because they all have personalities and I’m getting to know the personality of this one that keeps running up wherever I am. I have this idea that I will connect more strongly with that chipmunk before I leave, just as I did with the groundhog this morning.
Now, I’m off to see if I can capture that striking picture before the wind blows the tiny yellow flowers elsewhere.