Animal Logic: The Stillness of Predator and Prey

We’re animals. Humans, were animals. “evolved,” but animals. Basic animal behavior is predator and prey. Undoubtably, You’ve seen it, even with “domesticated” animals. Cat’s will be eerily still, only their eyes move and then pounce. Dogs, relying on senses will hear or smell something and stop. With the slightest movement of nose or ears, they try to locate where the sound or the smell emanates. They pause and either, bark ferociously or cower in a corner.  In the wild, it is much more evident.  As humans, have we forgotten our animal instincts?

When you sense something may be off, do you shake it off as nerves and dive in? Do you give yourself a little pep talk, like suck it up and go forward? Or, do you take a sacred pause? Just a moment to be still, take inventory and breathe. In pursuit of a goal, do you study, watch and observe your subject? Or do you dull your instinct, seek an easy answer and have others chart a path for you? This week, consider stillness. As an animal, when do you still yourself and should you do it more often? What does stillness look like for you?

2 comments

  1. Animal stillness for me is a cat napping in a sunbeam – with the position varying depending on the purrsonality of the feline: a side sprawl with paws draped over the edge, the belly sleeper with the hind legs splayed, or the tightly curled ball with nose neatly tucked in behind the tail tip.

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