but what does it mean (the penguin in my dreams)?

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I had a really odd dream last night. It was vivid, full of lots of people ~ some I knew and some I didn’t ~ and featured a penguin of all things. Yes…a penguin.

I can usually tell where my dreams are stemming from and I have certain dreams (usually regarding anxiety) that pop up from time to time over the years ~ you know the one where you’re running late for a final exam, can’t find a parking spot, realized you didn’t bring the right pencil, etc or the one where you’re a waitress and your food never comes up and it’s 90 minutes later and all your patrons are super pissed and there’s nothing you can do about it?

But this dream has left me in a state of huh-ness all day long.

Who dreams of a penguin? I’ve dreamt of dolphins and mermaids and flying and all sorts of really cool things but a penguin? That’s a first.

The Actual Dream

The dream went on and on all night long; I’ve decided to spare you most of the details other than to share:

  • My grandmother’s funeral (month-ish ago) was being held at the very same time as a (upcoming) family wedding (beginnings and endings)
  • I was in charge of holding a sweet, fluffy baby penguin that kept licking me…soft gentle licks that made me feel all warm and squishy inside and most of all, happy (WTF?)

The Meaning of Penguins in a Dream

After doing some Google searching and learning that dreaming of penguins is a rare thing indeed, I stumbled upon Dream Moods and decided I like their interpretation best.

According to Dream Moods, seeing a penguin in your dream indicates the following:

To see a penguin in your dream signifies that your problems are not as serious as you may think. It serves as a reminder for you to keep your cool and remain level-headed. Alternatively, seeing a penguin in your dream suggests that you are being weighed down by your emotions or by a negative situation. You need to find some balance and inner harmony.

Aha! Now It All Makes Sense!

You see – I’ve been struggling a bit with balance and inner harmony lately. If you ask my husband, I’ve been struggling quite a bit! Why do you think my 2012 mantra is “Just Be“?

Why? I don’t know (are you picking up on the whininess in my voice? It’s annoying me too…)..probably because I feel like I don’t have all the answers and I’m not good at dealing in a space of ambiguity.

I’m still in the process of defining what my life looks like as a Life & Wellness Coach which is a whole lot different than what my life looked like working in corporate IT. And that’s awesome and as it all should be but still…I want some more definitive answers!

(Patience, my love, patience. Just be. Just be. Just be.) <== my inner voice speaking to me

Am I supposed to have all the answers? Hell no. Nor should you. Remember that if you find yourself having negative thoughts.

My Inner-Penguin (Which I Didn’t Know I Had Until Today)

I believe my inner-penguin is telling me through it’s licks and cuddles that at the core of it, I’m ok. I’m loved, I’m supported, my children are happy and healthy, my marriage is strong, my house is solid, my friends cherish me, and I am an awesome coach who is already making a difference in peoples’ lives.

I don’t thrive when I’m out of balance and at war with myself ~ no one does. I’m allowing not having all the answers negatively affect my balance and inner peace and well, my penguin is not having any of that!

The answers will come as they need to (gentle penguin licks and cozy snuggles).

Thank you, inner-penguin. I love you too.

Do you have an inner animal that speaks to you from time-to-time?

peace, jen

2 Responses to but what does it mean (the penguin in my dreams)?
  1. Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing
    February 9, 2012 | 6:31 PM

    I LOVE dreammoods.com!

    And I love your 2012 mantra of “Just Be”. Can I steal it? ;)

    To answer your question: no, I don’t have any inner-animals, unless you count the Holy Spirit an inner-animal that talks to me from time-to-time. That happens a lot, actually.


    • Jen {The Wholehearted Life}
      February 14, 2012 | 9:35 AM

      That’s really cool about how the Holy Spirit….let’s do coffee so we can talk more…I’ll dm you on the twitter (/grin).

      It was just such a bizarre dream…it *still* sticks with me. I love that little penguin…I feel pretty blessed it decided to show itself to me :)

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