“Nurture you soul with positive thoughts, and internal happiness will blossom before your eyes.” – Melanie Moushhigian Koulouris
The koala is an adorable animal native to Australia, but don’t call it a bear; koalas are marsupials, which means females have built-in pouches. Koalas have a number of other fascinating characteristics and much to teach us. Here are five things we can learn from the koala:
1. Stake Your Claim
Koalas create their own environment by selecting a few trees which they consider their “home trees.” The area the trees cover is referred to as the koala’s “range.” Find your own ideal home base in an area where you can feel alive and truly enjoy life.
2. Be Protective and Nurturing
Female koalas of breeding age typically have just one offspring per year. Baby Koalas are known as “joeys,” and they are born just an inch long, blind, without fur and undeveloped ears. The mother koala nurses the joey in her pouch for up to seven months, then allows it to ride on her back until it is ready to venture out alone (in one to three years). Take steps to protect and shelter yourself and help those who need a hand in their life.
3. Be Discerning
Koala’s are discerning eaters and only consume specific types of eucalyptus tree leaves, despite there being over 600 varieties of the tree. Be discerning in your choices. Know what is best for your body and your life.
4. Make Time for Rest and Relaxation
Koalas sleep up to 20 hours each day. (Now this sounds like a good idea!! ) This is largely because their diet of fibrous eucalyptus leaves requires a lot of energy to digest, and sleeping helps them to conserve energy. While we may not be able to, the koala reminds us to relax and get plenty of rest so that we can have the energy we need.
5. Honor Your Natural Rhythms and Preferences
The koala is a naturally nocturnal animal that tends to sleep during the day and come out at night. Find your natural rhythm in life and feel confident to be who you are meant to be.
I hope this gently reminds you to nurture and rest when you need it. 🙂