Skip to content
July 9, 2011 / V A Nichols

The healing power of Mother Nature

by LAUREL LAGONI on JULY 8, 2011

“It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear.  The one who says nothing good comes of this is not yet listening.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes


One day a fox came. He had seemed very much like the woman’s late husband. (Shanon Lawson photo)

Years ago, I had a client whose small dog had been recently snatched by a coyote from her backyard. As we talked, I learned that her husband had also died in a rock climbing accident and her cousin had drowned in a lake during a family reunion.

“I hate nature!” she sobbed.  “Only awful things happen outside.”

Over the months that we met, I became concerned about the many ways this lovely young woman was limiting her life because she now feared the outdoors.  She stopped taking her young children to a park to play. She didn’t walk her surviving dog. Vacations to places like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon became out of the question.

Then, one winter day, she told me something surprising. She said she’d gotten up that morning and gone to the kitchen, as usual, to get a cup of coffee. But, that day, instead of sitting down to read the newspaper, she’d walked over to her patio doors to look out into the backyard.

And, she’d found herself gazing straight into the eyes of a fox.

He was sitting in the middle of her yard, facing her house, with his bushy tail wrapped around his front paws.  His orangey-red fur was startling beautiful against the white snow.

“He didn’t move when he saw me,” she said, her eyes gleaming with the wonder of it all.  “He sat perfectly still and stared back at me for a very long time.  It was as if he had been waiting for me.”

“Did he tell you anything?” I coaxed.

She hesitated, wondering if I would think she was crazy if she told me that the animal “talked” to her.

“He stared at me with these bright, intense eyes.  Honestly, I couldn’t look away.” She glanced up at me to see if I was buying it. And, of course, I was. “It seemed that he wanted me to come outside,” she said.  “And, the weird thing is that I wanted to go. I wasn’t afraid.”

After that, my client began to relax a bit, to “dip her toes into the water,” so to speak. During other conversations, she told me that the fox had seemed very much like her late husband. The voice she had “heard” in her mind and the presence the fox emitted had the same feel as her husband’s when he was alive.

Nature does occasionally do damage.  But, nature also heals. May you benefit somehow today from the healing power of Mother Nature.

Laurel is the president and CEO of World by the Tail, Inc., creators and distributors of the Veterinary Wisdom® line of emotional support products. She is also a contributing author to their blog, Vet Wisdom Café and co-founder of the Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


One Comment

Leave a Comment
  1. Sandra Nathan / Jul 9 2011 1:23 PM

    The quote, the story and the image of the fox took my breath away. I loved it. Thank you Victoria for such a touching and compelling article/story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: