“Nurture you soul with positive thoughts, and internal happiness will blossom before your eyes.”  –   Melanie Moushhigian Koulouris

The koala is an adorable animal native to Australia, but don’t call it a bear; koalas are marsupials, which means females have built-in pouches. Koalas have a number of other fascinating characteristics and much to teach us. Here are five things we can learn from the koala:

1. Stake Your Claim

Koalas create their own environment by selecting a few trees which they consider their “home trees.” The area the trees cover is referred to as the koala’s “range.” Find your own ideal home base in an area where you can feel alive and truly enjoy life.

2.  Be Protective and Nurturing   

Female koalas of breeding age typically have just one offspring per year. Baby Koalas are known as “joeys,” and they are born just an inch long, blind, without fur and undeveloped ears. The mother koala nurses the joey in her pouch for up to seven months, then allows it to ride on her back until it is ready to venture out alone (in one to three years). Take steps to protect and shelter yourself and help those who need a hand in their life.

3. Be Discerning

Koala’s are discerning eaters and only consume specific types of eucalyptus tree leaves, despite there being over 600 varieties of the tree.  Be discerning in your choices.  Know what is best for your body and your life.

4. Make Time for Rest and Relaxation

Koalas sleep up to 20 hours each day. (Now this sounds like a good idea!! ) This is largely because their diet of fibrous eucalyptus leaves requires a lot of energy to digest, and sleeping helps them to conserve energy. While we may not be able to, the koala reminds us to relax and get plenty of rest so that we can have the energy we need.

5. Honor Your Natural Rhythms and Preferences

The koala is a naturally nocturnal animal that tends to sleep during the day and come out at night. Find your natural rhythm in life and feel confident to be who you are meant to be.

I hope this gently reminds you to nurture and rest when you need it.  🙂


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45 thoughts on “Nurture

  1. 20 hours of sleep. We sleep 1/3 of our lives away, Imagine if it were 5/6 of our lives?? I wonder what their life span is? I guess the message is more of what you said. Rest enough to be energized. ❤

  2. I love the 5 koala lessons all by themselves. And, it sure doesn’t hurt that such an adorable picture accompanies. Who can argue with a koala?

  3. They really do stir up the cuteness endorphins, and also relaxing to just look at their picture. Yes, more sleep ….not THAT much, but good sound sleep…ahhhhhh. Then definitely want to be awake during the day. Thanks Karen.

  4. Koala’s know how live don’t they Karen. Thanks for the reminder to take care of our wellbeing, we get so caught up in life and forget to relax and even feel guilty when we get the chance.

  5. Rarely have I told patients in the past that the root of their health problems stemmed from their defiance to accept the lifestyle of the Koala, but after reading your post, it is possible I should have. The five points seem so simple, but so few think to incorporate these traits into their lives. This simple advice could have a huge impact on the quality of one’s life.

    I enjoyed reading this story and plan to incorporate some new habits into my own life. Thank you.

    1. Thankyou so much for stopping by, and I’m not surprised you haven’t told this to your patients ha.

      As a Counsellor, I am very happy when the Medical Profession is open to include a holistic approach, combined with western medicine. I think as medical professionals, you are burdened by patient’s who insist on healing quickly. Often it takes time and patience to go through the healing process, and often they need to make difficult choices to change their habits and lifestyles.

      I know how many of my clients don’t want to do this, and I am sure it is a problem for you too. Still, there are many changes taking place in Medicine and this gives everyone hope. I appreciate your thoughts.

      1. Health and healing is so much more than just structure and function. It requires understanding the person and getting to the root causes resulting in various imbalances. I agree with you that patience and time is usually required to begin a real transformation. Those recognizing the value are willing to take the journey. The challenge and reward is finding the essence that triggers the lightbulb motivating the individual to gain control over their life. Helping empower patients removes the unnecessary dependency many doctors rely on. This results in the transferring of responsibility of one’s health back to the patient where it belongs.

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