Mindfulness with Wild Animals

It’s always a joy for be to be outside in the natural world, I often like to just sit and take in what’s around me. Sometimes if I’ve been sitting for long enough I might find that a wild animal or bird comes a little closer.

Over the years I have realised that by sitting quietly in this way I am creating the same feeling of peacefulness, clamness and stillness that I have when I meditate and indeed when I am in the present moment.

The Trust Technique recognises that humans and animals share feelings; we don’t just share feelings with our own animals but also with any animal we meet or come across.

Last summer I came across three young deer grazing in the field, Roe deer, always nervy I think and they tend to run away as soon as they see a human. With these deer I decided to sit down quietly and focus and start to get present, I also acknowledged them as I came in and out of the present moment. They did notice me but I sat incredibly still and continued to come in and out of the present moment, I felt incredibly calm and still inside and I am quite sure that they picked up this feeling from me…..shared it…..they didn’t need to run away because all was peaceful. This carried on for quiet a while and in the end as they naturally grazed in the field they just moved more and more slowly towards me. It was lovely to experience the connection I felt with them in this way.

My other, quite magical, experience I had last summer was with a young badger cub. I love badgers, and was delighted to hear that some had been visiting my parents garden. I went to sit in the garden and waited to see what might happened. Similarly, as with the deer, I sat very quietly and focused on being in the present moment. It wasn’t too long before the badger arrived for her evening snack, I acknowledged her and continued to come in and out of the present moment. She came closer and closer to me. I must admit I found it hard to remain focused on the present moment because I felt very excited that this was happening, I wasn’t quite sure how close she was going to come. At one point I thought she was going to try and sit on my lap. I could have reached out and touched her easily but didn’t want to, it felt disrespectful to a wild animal in a way.

In the end I just sat with her in this way, it was a privilege for me to do so, to be that close to a wild animal. I am sure it was possible because I was calm and still inside and the feeling of peacefulness that we were sharing.

I include a photo taken of me with the young badger, this was towards the end of our meeting so I was taking some pictures of her myself.

Please contact me for more information. Part of having a Trust Technique session is to learn how to find peace of mind and so share it with the animals around us. When we do this with our own animals we can resolve issues and make positive changes in the relationship between us