This totem teaches how to live in the dynamics of a group. Working alone jobs can be done, but as a group multiple jobs can be taken at once allowing for stress to be put upon the shoulders of all rather individually. While the meerkat teaches how to live in group dynamics, it also teaches that it is okay to sacrifice oneself for the better of the very group.
One’s guard can easily be lowered. The meerkat warns against this, teaching to keep watchful of one’s surroundings. Danger, even if only potential, is still there. Keeping one’s guard up need to be kept up rather down