Wow, so much to share from our latest ‘walk-about’ trip to Africa! But a bit at a time will give more joy for the digestion of all the beauties and insights, so be patient and journey with us.
I am choosing to start the sharing with the assistance of the ‘Kibokos’ -Hippopotamus in Swahili- which are amazing animals, and if I may say; very pink-ly cute. As the wisdom of nature expresses in everything, hippos have their eyes, ears and nostrils located high on their heads, which allows them to see and breathe while mostly submerged. They are very graceful swimmers and they spend about 16 hours of their day submersed in rivers or lakes, this way they can keep their massive bodies cool under the African sun, no wonder they are also known as ‘water-horses’.
Like their mammal cousins the dolphins, they can hold their breath underwater before having to emerge for another breath (hippos up to 5 minutes, dolphins- depending the species- up to 8 minutes or even up to 15 minutes).
After sunset, they leave the water and travel overland to graze. They may travel 6 miles in a night, along single-file pathways, to consume some 80 pounds of grass, if I haven’t said yet… yes, they are herbivores. Each hippo female has only one calf every two years and the little ones weigh nearly 100 pounds at birth and can suckle on land or underwater by closing their ears and nostrils.
As an adult, they can weigh between 5,000 to 8,000 pounds and if they feel threatened on land, they can run about 35miles/hr.
Even knowing that hippos have an individual characteristic and they like quite well their ‘alone time’, you very often find them in groups bathing, especially when little ones are present, this way they create a protective barrier against predators as crocodiles, lions and hyenas.
So, for me to be at their presence (quite close and personal) and to walk through their ‘single-file pathways’ was just like being embraced by the arms of Mother Nature herself and being allowed to feel the pulsation of life being shared between us.
And as a further reflection, being human in this human world is pretty much as being a hippo in hippo’s world – Once we are ‘in balance’ we recharge during ‘self-time’, we cherish community for support and care, we have the capabilities to adapt to the environment given, we find strength in moments of insecurities and we can be in full presence with the now.
My question to you is: Do you find yourself ‘in balance’ with life?
Simple tools for connecting with more balance in life, please check out here for “Seven simple steps to bring more balance to your everyday life” (you will love it!).
And since diving with the Hippos are a bit too muddy, we invite you to join us in diving with their cousins- the dolphins, when we combine it with an amazing opportunity to harness, create and re-invent more balance in all aspects of YOU.
Check for all the details you need to commit for your space – spaces are filling up fast and the opportunities presented in life are always doors inviting us through…
For those of you who are committed to this door of opportunities, please click Re-Inventing YourSelf – 2015 link here and welcome to the pod!
For now, thank you for Journeying together and keep in tune for the upcoming newsletters with more from the Africa walk-about and for the News from The Center!
Mpaka haraka ~ Until soon in swahili