Listening to the Other
Yes, we mostly try. More often we think we’re listening in conversation as we cultivate a response to what we partially hear. Do we silence our internal chatter? Can we feel the true impressions of another person much less that of an animal? Many of us share the perspective that animals are our family and tribe – teachers if we are willing to learn and listen. We may not always know what they’re trying to communicate but a willingness to pay attention opens avenues of understanding that the busyness of our mind blocks. True Animal Communication depends on our willingness.
The distraction of devices, endless productivity (to what end? and for who) and the addiction to activity, spins us counter to the core of our being – splinters our perception, leaving us with fragmented awareness. It’s at the place of silence and receptivity where we experience deeper truths – raw and wild truth not shaped by dogmatic principal .
The animals have a lot to say – to convey, and it isn’t always pretty. There is much heartache in the natural world, and there can be much mistrust of humans. Are you surprised? Not likely. If we are to thrive on this planet, our notions of survival have to give way to actual thriving – that entails true communion and collaborative living with the natural world. It is no longer an option to just survive. And dominion over – a relationship built on dominating, has no place among the thriving.
“Animals give us the experience of relationships defined by unconditional love and loyalty.” ~ Rain Hummingbird
Somewhere in our lives we must experience unity with our surroundings and those who inhabit our shared landscape. It begins simply – simple moments of silence in your garden, a park, with an animal.
Offering our respectful attention to the animals in our lives and in the wild, is a spiritual practice in itself if we extend from our hearts to the heart of an animal. And it is here where we are witness to the brilliance, humor and absolute magic of the beast.