Yesterday we were up north visiting a dear friend. After we went out to lunch, we were enjoying the drive when suddenly a young bear crossed the road in front of us. If you enjoy looking up signs and symbols of the American Indian’s view of what each creature represents, you will find some interesting reading; for example, this:
“*The Bear symbol was important as it represented a protector and symbolized courage, physical strength and leadership. Bears are strong, agile, and quick. The black bear and the Grizzly were native to North America. The meaning of the Bear Symbol was to signify a good omen and convey authority.”
From Symbolic Meanings, there is also this:
“When we cross paths with the Bear, we should envelope ourselves temporarily in solitude and silence with a goal for rebirth and self-understanding.
The Bear showing up in our lives is also a symbol for play, and that we need to relax and allow for some creativity into our lives. The more we allow ourselves to loosen up and have fun, the more our lives begin to take on a more light and lively perspective.”
This is all interesting and thought-provoking. But, for us in that moment, it was all about the surprise and gift of seeing this beautiful creature, wild and free.