The totem of Mountain Lion can sometimes be a hard one to work with but the benefits when you have learned the lessons are great. I should explain that depending on the area or region that you live in the Mountain Lion may be called different things. You might know it as a Cougar, a Puma, or even a Florida Panther. All are the same big cat but just known by different names. The mountain lion is the largest of the big cats found in North America.

So why is the mountain lion a hard totem? Well, for one thing you are often put into positions where you can become a target for the problems of others. Their insecurities justify blaming you because of things that have gone wrong or that you will take charge when others would not. Leadership is the main lesson of Mountain Lion and due to that leadership quality in you, others try to knock you off the proverbial mountain.

This big cat gives us lessons or medicine in the power of leadership. The goal would be to learn to lead without insisting that others follow your lead. Observe the graceful pounce of a Mountain Lion and you will see a connection between the balance of power, intention, physical strength, and grace. To convert that to human relevance it would be a balance of body, mind and spirit. You will never see this giant feline waste anything, not its energy or its food. It will only take what it needs for survival.

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Cougar Or Mountain Lion by LaWannaMitchell at Zazzle.

If Mountain Lion is working with you right now, it is time to stand to your convictions and lead yourself where your heart takes you. If others choose to follow it is a great thing. Do not let the choice of others deter your journey. You might need to look at the purpose of your own beliefs. Is your plan to have a pride of cubs who will share your dreams and want to be like you? Perhaps you are already leading some cubs, is it time to push them out of the cave? Having cat medicine can have its pitfalls because being the “king of the mountain” does not allow for being human or vulnerable.

Being a leader does not mean that you will always be able to keep everyone happy while you are trying to maintain peace. So, your first responsibility is to always tell the truth. When you know it and live it, your example filters down to the tiniest of cubs in the pride.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

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