Every month we will pull an Animal Medicine card specifically for the audience of SoulKu. Each animal exhibits certain habits, has an essence, or portrays a personality trait that can be relayed into messages about how to live life.
The monthly card will help guide, amplify, and define the energetics of your month. If you are reading this blog, this medicine is for you. Tune into the Animal Medicine to help you move through whatever is presented to you.
Master Armadillo Medicine to set healthy boundaries and protect your mind, body, and spirit.
Armadillos are mammals that originated in South America and migrated to Central and North America millions of years ago. They have a hard "shell" made of bony plates that makes them safe and pretty inflexible. But pretty cool, they can roll into a ball to protect their soft underbellies.
Delving deep into Armadillo medicine invites you to look at your ability to make and hold healthy boundaries and cultivate certain shifts that encourage self-preservation, and ultimately lead to your true emergence and blossoming.
You are on the precipice of a new phase in your life where, in order for you to be aligned with yourself and create the life of your dreams, you're going to have to be extremely picky and say "no" to many things you would have said "yes" to in the past.
So many of us sacrifice our own needs, our own happiness, for the needs of others. We do this a TON as moms and wives, and we can do it as coworkers or partners as well.
It's helpful to remember that "No." is a full sentence. And that if someone doesn't like it, it's not your problem.
Setting healthy boundaries requires real discernment—understanding what's mine and what's yours and having the courage to leave everyone else's "stuff" alone. It's asking yourself, "Where do I end and where does someone else begin?." And it's having the literal strength to hold fast to any boundary that you set. Whew! That's powerful stuff!
Leaning into Armadillo can also give you the option of rolling up into a ball. And not for defensiveness or to hide away. It's the idea that you've reached your limit and the proverbial "kitchen" is closed. It's recognizing that it's an empowering and self loving choice to say "No."
It's time to be 100% honest with yourself about what you really want from life and be crystal clear that what you allow, you encourage. And whether that's how someone treats you, or how you treat yourself. If it doesn't feel good, you need to change it. This shift in attitude is an act of loving kindness for others as well as yourself.
It's not selfish to set boundaries. It's healthy, and believe it or not, when we set boundaries we encourage other people to grow. And isn't that what it's all about?!
Checking in with your body is incredibly helpful. When someone asks something of you, does it feel good in your body? If not, you're going to want to examine that and change it. Listening to your body is a great guide to healthy boundary setting.