A Drive with a Dragonfly – Finding Perspective

Leaving a farm this morning, a dragonfly started flying around in the car. I tried unsuccessfully to guide it out. As I began driving, the dragonfly bounced frantically off the dash and windshield.

I was rather aggravated and frustrated because of a couple unpleasant situations swirling about in my world. As the dragonfly flitted about, I became worried it would get hurt. It took a dive into the space between the dash and windshield. It didn’t move; I thought it was injured. Aggravation, frustration and now, worry. For today only… came to mind.

I started Hara breathing and connecting to Reiki. I invited the dragonfly into the Reiki space. After a few minutes, it began flying again. I continued holding the healing space, wishing the dragonfly peace and comfort. It settled quietly on the dash in front of me and rested. I let it know I would try again to help it escape the car when we stopped.

At my next stop, in a parking lot, the dragonfly flew back to a safe spot between the windshield and dash and would not come out. I let it know that was ok, the parking lot was not the best place for it anyway.

Back into the car, in the Reiki space, the dragonfly began flying again. I let it know I would help it to safety when it was ready. In a minute or so, it landed on my hand and stayed there. I was in awe of its beauty and peacefulness. I soon found a spot near a wooded area to pull off the road. I rolled down the window; in a few seconds, the dragonfly flew away. As it flew, I heard “thank you”.

I was filled with gratitude and joy my little friend was free and safe. I quickly realized that I was no longer frustrated and aggravated. Helping the dragonfly helped me change my perspective. The dragonfly was fighting to survive, while I was obsessing over little things that didn’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

The dragonfly is part of my Reiki business logo because I have always loved dragonflies and because they represent new light and joy in Japanese culture. Once home, I looked up what it means when a dragonfly shows up in one’s life. Well, it means one may need to gain a new perspective or make a change. Or, that one is being too rational and neglecting emotions. Spot on, no denying. A lesson for me today for sure.

I realized I was being reminded to keep everything in perspective, not to overthink and to follow my heart. Thinking too much can cause us to become anxious, angry, worried and lose perspective. Coming from the heart keeps us connected, grateful and centered. The way to this is through Reiki – meditation and the precepts…for today only…everyday, all day…

Forever in gratitude to Reiki and to the little dragonfly who took a ride with me. Reiki gave us both what we needed this morning.

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