Synchronicity is at work! I laughed seeing the card I pulled for your communication practice tip. Following Leah's interview, this card echoed our conversation about how to communicate with animals. (Unlike non-human animals), we (humans) have busy minds. We're often thinking (yes?).
Thinking take us out of the moment. Out of NOW. Our thinking minds take us on frequent detours to the 'past' or 'future'. Thinking takes us away from the practice of being.
Animals and Nature are always communicating with us. By dropping into our being (our natural state), we're more likely to notice the impressions - the intuitive communication - being sent our way.
How do we do this?
By learning to slow down. A regular practice of stillness. A practice that allows you to relax, rest, and simply be. A practice that helps you connect inside. In a society where we're being asked to take action after action, it may seem odd, perhaps feel challenging, or even contrary to take time to be. Humans need a balance of being and taking action.
In stillness, we receive information, solutions, direction, clarity, "ah!' moments.
In stillness, we connect with our inner wisdom, internal compass, intuition.
In stillness, we can communicate with Animals and Nature.
Meditation. I suspect you may have been told to meditate. Yet many people struggle with meditation. There's a lot of myths out there about meditation, which set people up to believe they can't meditate.
Here's what I want you to know. The mind doesn't stop thinking. If thoughts come up during meditation that's normal. Phew! Feel relieved?
While meditation may not always feel peaceful or comfortable, regular practice will yield results/ benefits (it's a cumulative effect). You can focus on your breath, on an object, a word. When you find yourself in thought, gently return back to your focus. Again. Again. Again. And again.
Meditation isn't the only stillness practice either.
Stillness can come in movement. In walking. In dance. In yoga ('cat' and 'dogward dog' poses anyone?)
Stillness can come in repetitive, rhythmical motion (knitting or crocheting).
Stillness can come by being in the presence of others (animals and Nature).
Notice how often your animal family members spend time being, time in stillness. What happens when you join them, matching them in stillness?
What happens when you sit beneath a tree? By the lake, river, or creek? Listen to the crickets on summer nights?
I invite you to let me know what brings what practice(s) of stillness brings you inner peace, connection and communication.