This is part of our guest blog series. Enjoy this blog from Sami Zabner, Manager of Celestial Farms in Jacksonville, Florida, and a 2 Traveling Dogs friend.
We communicate with animals without even realizing that we’re having full blown conversations. This nonverbal connection that we share is so intricate and intimate, yet so simple. All we have to do is choose to listen. Often times we speak for them, or at them, rather than allowing them the space to truly get across what it is they’re feeling. Whether is audible or not, there is vast communication.
A glance of an eye, a nod of a head, the stomping of their feet, maybe they turn and walk away; all of these things are ways that we can tune in.
I think as a society we’ve mastered communication with dogs, even now there are tools to allow them to use our language to better communicate with us.
But what about some of the other creatures that we come across?
Can we soften enough to understand the pause between the flap of the butterfly’s wings? Can we observe the team efforts that ants are constantly showcasing and hear them working together? Can we tune into resistance or discomfort when the horse pins his ears back towards his neck?
Their language might be foreign to us, but the language of understanding is universal. It just requires us to soften, witness, and be fully present with whoever we come across, big or small.
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