Anne Smith :: Blog for December 2016


December 20, 2016

Hi, Everybody-

'Tis the season, and I want to capture my thoughts more than ever, and study them to know where they came from, and how they are helping me to focus and bring more clarity and direction to my life. For some reason, I am picturing each thought as a different species of frog; some little and friendly looking, some agile, some more ungainly and toad-like, some colorful and poisonous, some singing…and all of them leaping around in my head at the same time. Is that crazy, or what? Shouldn't I be having visions of sugarplums dancing in my head at this time of year? Is it because frog rhymes with blog?

This little guy in the photo landed on the bench where I was catching up with an old friend Michael Randall, who recently moved down to FL from Kew Gardens NY. We both were charmed and amused by the little frog's presence as he sat with us for almost 2 hours, appearing to listen intently.

Okay, this is freaky. I just looked up the symbol and meaning of frogs. Check this out:

"It is said that the frog is symbolic of cleansing. You can call on the frog spirit to support you in clearing negativity and “toxic” energies. The frog being associated with water, it may be a good spirit animal to call on for emotional release. Perhaps it indicates you need to “detoxify" and take care of your health differently. Or it encourages you to release your emotions or carefully consider how you spend your energy in relationship to others or to matters of concern in your life.
Cleansing might also mean that the frog spirit animal inspires you to renew your perspective or vision. If the frog shows up in your life as a spirit guide, it may encourage you to clear old opinions and beliefs to adopt a new stance or perspective.
Many cultures, including Celtic and Native American, believe that frogs are important. In Egyptian mythology, they were a symbol of fertility and birth. In Ancient Greece and Rome, frogs were a sign of harmony. Seeing a frog is said to be a sign that it is time to make some changes or begin a transformation." (https://www.reference.com/world-view/symbolic-meaning-seeing-frog-a77be69929ed451b#).

As I often do when I delve into a theme, I explored further, in particular, the idiom "a frog in my throat". While there is no evidence to substantiate that frogs' body parts were actually used to cure a sore throat, it is generally known that this phrase refers to the feeling of a blockage or hoarseness in the back of the throat. In Eastern medicine, the throat is the seat of the 5th chakra, or energy center, which governs the expression of our thoughts and feelings. If we are not able to express what we think and feel, our health can be affected. Very literally, this situation often manifests as a sore throat.

In 1847 American clergyman Harvey Newcomb encouraged youngsters to resist the temptation of 'improper diversions' : "Now let me beg of you to learn to say NO. If you find a 'frog in your throat,' which obstructs your utterance, go by yourself, and practise saying no, no, NO!" (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/frog-in-the-throat.html).

I am a person who believes in signs, whether they come in the form of a certain song at just the right moment, a casual remark from a stranger, or the sudden appearance of a little frog at a time when I desperately need to transform my life and renew my visions. It just so happened that my friend Michael and I were discussing why my life isn't going right these days; in the way that only a friend can lead without pulling, he pointed out to me that I was doing everything to focus my energy and attention outward, unable to say "NO" to any person or situation that called for my time and energy. Inwardly, I am suffering. I can't ignore the obvious- there are no coincidences in life, and I have lived long enough to know that I will continue to see signs associated with frogs until I start making some serious changes. God has a great sense of humor, I'll say that. 2017 is just around the corner. I can do anything. So can you.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season, safe travels, good health and much love!
Until Next Time xoxoxo
Annie




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