I just got back from a couple of weeks in Akumal; which is on the Caribbean side of Mexico. The resort we go to is particularly wonderful because it is owned by a local Mexican man and is built horizontally – all along the beach. So whether you’re sleeping, or eating, or walking around, you are never out of sight of the magnificent ocean.

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(c) Jini Patel Thompson

At the far end of the beach, there are hardly any people and so the eagles, hawks and pelicans also hang out there and hunt for prey. I had never really been aware of pelicans before, but this trip they were calling out to me and even flew 4 feet above my head so I could experience their fabulousness up close and see every feather – I had no idea their wingspan was so huge!

(c) Jini Patel Thompson

(c) Jini Patel Thompson

(c) Jini Patel Thompson

The symbolism, or medicine of Pelican is that of buoyancy and resilience. Pelicans have air sacs in their body, so when they dive for prey, they just bob right up again. This is a call to us to get back up, no matter how many times we are knocked down.

(c) Jini Patel Thompson