Elegant and light in their flight, butterflies bring beauty in a brief moment to human existence. Yet these creatures of nature bring more than color to our eyes. They are known to symbolize change, hope, resurrection, and rebirth in many cultures.
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Body and Butterflies
“Butterflies in my stomach” is a common phrase used to describe when one is nervous, excited, or falling in love. These are moments that indicate that we are at the start of something, whether it be falling in love, the nervousness of appearing in front of another human, or the slight discomfort that comes with experiencing a new situation. The floating and fluttering feeling of butterflies in our stomach is our feelings becoming apparent to us.
In fact, these winged creatures can be included in meditation. Meditation is more than just breathing. It can also recognize our feelings. The better we understand our emotions, the better we can advocate for ourselves and what we want in life.
The Butterfly Meditation
A butterfly meditation starts with sitting and closing our eyes. We start to breathe slowly and then focus on the sensations in our bodies. We notice the movement, the fluttering, the slight quivering inside ourselves and then imagine them to be butterflies. Then, we take note of their colors, wings, and the way they move inside us.
After this, we imagine these butterflies are now finding a place to rest and settle. Gently, each butterfly and fluttery feeling settles down to rest to fold its wings. The feelings may linger but are now on solid ground. This lets your feelings stay with you while you feel more grounded.
A Butterfly’s Flow
A butterfly’s flight may feel fluttery and nervous to you, as do your emotions but you can consider this part of your journey. Allowing each butterfly to fly and settle, allows you space to understand how you feel which is important in any journey in life. Sometimes, the discomfort we feel is just an indicator that things are changing before we settle into a better situation for ourselves.
Seeing Butterflies in Meditation
However, if this fluttering friend appears to you while you are generally in the middle of meditation, this is what it could mean to you:
Trust Your Instinct
If you are seeing butterflies in meditation, whether that is inside your mind or catching sight of one in your surroundings this is a sign to let go and relax. You can simply rely on your instinct. Your instinct is not a loud voice inside your head but an assured one.
A butterfly represents a transformation. A butterfly’s flow is to trust the journey, even though how things come together will not be apparent. If things are not clear in your life about how they will come about, this is a sign to keep your faith intact as everything will come together smoothly for you, eventually.
Let Your Dreams Take Flight
This message is especially strong if you have started something new, whether that be the practice of meditation or a better version of yourself. The meaning of butterflies in meditation is to remember not to limit yourself. A crawling caterpillar takes up flying after transformation. Butterflies indicate that your possibilities and what you can manifest for yourself are not limited.
Recognize Your Abilities and Beauty
Even if in the start, it seems odd and uncomfortable or weird to other people or you, keep going. Other creatures may not recognize the caterpillar when it changes into a butterfly. People around you may not be supportive or understanding of what you would like to be but that is okay. You have to stay with your beginning and know that you are meant to fly.
Know Your Good and Bad Patterns
Also, appreciating and knowing yourself is an important message that comes through when one is looking for the meaning of seeing butterflies in their meditation. A butterfly often has specific patterns that camouflage it in the wild from predators, sometimes having wings that appear like leaves or like bark. The butterfly can only settle to hide in a place similar to its camouflage once it is aware of the properties of the images on its wings.
This is a sign for you to explore your strengths and your patterns in life while meditating. It is essential to know these qualities about yourself, as they will not only teach you how to protect yourself but how to move with advantage and in the flow of your nature.
Be Realistic in Your Timeline of Change
A butterfly’s flow acknowledges its transformation. When times are bleak and hard, seeing butterflies during or in mediation is a sign to look back and see how far you have grown. Butterflies move from their chrysalis to flutter their wings. How many times have you changed already? How far have you come?
Acknowledge How Far You’ve Come
The butterfly asks you to recognize your ability to change, as you have done it previously many times. You may think of yourself as someone always in the chrysalis waiting in the dark, but perhaps you’re crawling out. A larger perspective on your life will make things clearer.
Be There in the Moment
In the end, seeing a butterfly while meditating can be a sign to stay in the present. A butterfly provides a brief moment of beauty in a human’s existence. If you are meditating and a butterfly comes your way, focus on staying in the present moment in your life.
Stay present for the brief moment when one appears and disappears to recognize that all we can do sometimes is let our body exist and take in what is in front of us. Many people consider meditation as a way of living as it teaches us to slow down and take in life.