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Can You Canoe?

“Life is simple: just add water. ”  Unknown


The first time I was in a canoe was with friends in Massachusetts many years ago. I was petrified that the canoe would tip over in the lake. Thankfully it didn’t and it was one of the most serene experiences I have had. The canoe is said to be the oldest known boat in the world. It is more stable than a kayak but more difficult to maneuver, making it slower to get where you want to go. In life, we have choices every moment of every day. Canoes represent a timeless vessel that has been used by indigenous cultures worldwide. The shape of a canoe, resembling a cradle, symbolizes unity, harmony, and cooperation. In decision-making, the canoe calls us to seek balance and connection with others, recognizing that our choices impact not just ourselves but also the wider community. Just as the paddlers in a canoe work together, we must consider the perspectives of others, seeking consensus and fostering cooperation to navigate life's waters. In contrast to canoes, kayaks are slender, single-person watercraft that require individual effort and skill to maneuver. As a metaphor for decision-making, kayaks remind us of the importance of self-reflection and personal responsibility. When faced with choices, we must embark on an inner journey, exploring our values, passions, and unique purpose. The kayak teaches us to trust our own instincts, to be self-reliant, and to embrace the solitude that allows us to hear our inner voice amidst the noise of the world.


Dear Angels, when we encounter obstacles, we can learn much from the resilience displayed by our vessels. Paddling against the current teaches us that difficulties are not roadblocks but opportunities for growth and transformation. Just as the canoe or kayak adapts to the changing water currents, we too must adapt, learn from our mistakes, and persevere, with the understanding that challenges can strengthen our resolve and lead us towards greater wisdom and self-discovery.


Dear Ones, while paddling against the current can be empowering, there are times when going with the flow becomes the wisest choice. Canoes and kayaks effortlessly glide downstream, a reminder of the power of surrender and trust. In decision-making, we encourage you to release your grip on control, to let go of attachments, and to trust that the natural flow of life will guide you towards your highest good. By embracing the currents of change, you open yourselves to unforeseen opportunities, serendipitous encounters, and profound spiritual growth. Trust your inner voice and embrace your individuality.


Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.


Today, I promise to go kayaking.


Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.


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