During a winter sit spot next to a rabbit hole I was lucky enough to be graced by its presence.
After a few minutes sitting still, he came bounding out, and it was then my work to practice invisibility. In order to get close to animals one must be in a state of utter non-intimidation.
Practices ranging from bodily stillness, careful and calm breathing, graceful non-intimidating eye movement, to even the intensity of thoughts will all effect an animal in an instant; as their life depends on determining if we are honing in our senses upon them and therefore a potential predator. By not setting off these triggers, which becomes a meditation, each animal encounter becomes our teacher of deepening our awareness of how we hold ourselves in the world. It is also a teacher of reminding us how the chaos of our inner lives broadcasts ripples outward and effect others around us. Animals, being so attuned, show us this in a more subtle way than people can.
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