Journal and think about the questions below. I suggest doing them before the class and reflect on them after the class to see if anything has changed for you.
When we think about Bear what do you think of? Black bear, Grizzly, Polar, Panda…? Do you think of size? Do you think of bear cubs? What they eat?
What draws or repels you from bear? Is there love, fear, dislike?
What do you already know about bear?
What can you discover about bear?
How does this apply to your life and feelings in this moment? Is there any message or lesson you take from bear?
Bear: Facts at a Glance:
Can see in color
Excellent sense of smell
Climb, run, swim
Most bears are omnivores (they eat meat and fruit/vegetables). Polar Bears eat meat only and Panda Bears while they have a carnivores digestive system eat only plants (Bamboo)
They are mostly solitary except when mating or when mother is raising her cubs
Live in caves and dens
Bears, like humans, walk on their whole foot (unlike animals like dogs who walk on the ball of their foot and toes) and can stand and walk on two feet.
bears are related to the dog family
during hibernation a bears heart rate can drop from 40 beats per minute to 8 beats per minute.
The bear represents strength, courage, and love.
Bear has a constellation Ursa Major which include the big dipper.
related to Greek and Roman Goddesses: Diana and Artemis
Reminds us to take care of our needs and set boundaries
Be careful of being hot-tempered, lashing out, and over-confidence.
Work on grounding yourself, finding balance and safety
Dare: If you don’t have one already, create a sacred space and share it on our ‘Wild Sides Café’ Facebook page. It can be a room, a corner in a room, a cozy chair surrounded with things you love, or that inspire you. It could have crystals, candles, self-care objects, photos….chocolate…whatever is sacred to you. A place you can be/look at to unwind and restore. Think and write about what makes you feel good. What helps you to unwind. Create a list of things you can do small-large for yourself. Could be as simple as having a tea, or putting your favourite hand cream on. What colors do you like? What images words inspire you?
Let’s go into the den-Journal prompts:
What would it feel like to stand in your own power, to own who you are, to speak your truth?
When do you stand in your power? What does it feel like? Do you notice any patterns?
When do you shy away from your power? When are you uncomfortable from speaking or acting in your truth? What holds you back at those times? What thoughts or feelings stop you?
Dare: Next time you feel that way, a resistance, step out of your comfort zone no matter how small of action you take. Let’s slowly (or quickly) expand or comfort zones. To stand in be in our power.
What dreams/goals do you have? reasonable and “unreasonable” dreams. Create a list if you like.
Pick one of the dreams for now -What would it look like and feel like to reach those dream? What would be different? How would you dress? How would you stand? Where would you live?...
What can you gather for your hibernation-tools, resources, knowledge, practice, inspiration-to prepare yourself? (create a list-maybe even put some in your sacred space).
What questions do you have for bear?
Write a letter from bear to you-you will also see this in the main lesson as well.