“Why. . . the best way to explain it is to do it.”
Catalyst, Harmonizer, Leadership, Silver Lining, Playfulness, Alchemy, Taking Action
The Dodo is a great catalyst and harmonizer. As the wet birds and other small creatures that have crawled out of Alice’s pool of tears gather in a foul mass (excuse the unavoidable pun), The Dodo introduces a game for the sad, saturated squadron. There doesn’t seem to be much structure to it, but he somehow enlists each of the animals to participate. And in the midst of the chaos, confusion and reverie, each creature manages to dry off. And once everyone has dried and worn themselves out with the merriment, he declares everyone to be winners, and indeed they all are.
The Dodo is a great motivator, making the task at hand engaging and fun. The Dodo is also a powerful transformer as he has the magical power of bringing a miserable bunch into more comfortable circumstances through play. The Dodo is a muse, an inspirational incendiary, a spark that offers the invitation to a-muse ourselves through our suffering and beyond it into wholeness.
The Dodo also is a powerful leader and has nurturing instincts since it is he who takes it upon himself to help out the grim and soggy flock. It may be helpful to note here that the Dodo’s successful method seems to completely rely upon inviting others to join in an experience with him, rather than using a cognitive explanation to enlist participation. Why waste time talking about it, when you can actually Do(do) it? The mind can forget and find reasons to resist, so talking isn’t always so effective. In fact, I think I will take The Dodo’s lead and get right to it . . .
Meditation: Let’s relax together and start noticing the breath. Once you have connected with your breath, listen to what your inner wisdom has to tell you, and then DO(do) IT. NOW.
Illustration by Hallie Larson - high school artist