Lucy has had a profound affect on me and I will always be grateful for her big open heart and generosity in all she shared and taught. I wrote this post over 8 years ago. I hope you enjoy one of her many teachings about life from her point of view.
Lucy is one of my greatest teachers. She lives with her wonderful family in El Salvador. Lucy has been teaching me for quite a while now and she has given me permission to share some of her teachings with you.
Here is today’s lesson from Lucy:
Be perfectly present
This morning as I was having a mini conversation with Lucy and getting ready to offer some healing energy, she stopped me in my tracks. She told me that humans need to be perfectly present when we are with another human or an animal. Lucy says it is very important to practice this every day. If we do this we will get better and then it will become part of who we are. We will become good listeners.
What does Lucy mean when she says being perfectly present?
Lucy went on to say, when humans are with each other we need to make direct eye contact. Don’t be looking around at other things. Be right there in the moment with the other person. She says it is as if what they are saying is the most important and special thing that you have ever heard. She says, when we make eye contact it helps us to totally focus and really listen to what the other person is saying. Everyone, including animals, loves to have someone really care about what they have to say. We feel good. We feel like we matter. It is a very special gift to be totally present with another being as if the two of you are the only ones in the whole world. Lucy has lots of experience observing humans interacting with each other.
Lucy reminded me that when a human is listening to an animal it might not be comfortable for them if you make direct eye contact. Some species take direct eye contact as a threat. In a case like that it would be better for you to look away, but you can still be totally present with that animal and listen.
Lucy says, “It is important to be totally there for and with the animal and “listen”.
“How,” I asked her. From her dog point of view how can we be totally there and fully listen?
Her response was this:
Don’t force anything.
Just listen and BE and allow the experience to flow…flow in the moment.”
Lucy continued, talking about a better way to work with animals…”Once one is in the place of listening and being, it is time to move forward with a communication session or healing session. The experience will be totally different than if one was to just say “hello” to the animals and then begin the conversation and/or session.”
Lucy reminds us to practice this everyday. Look into the person or animal’s eyes. Feel the connection. BE present. Listen to what the other is saying. Notice when you are distracted and bring yourself back. Notice the difference in the quality of your relationships as you begin to make “being perfectly present” a part of who you are.
Thank you Lucy.
Next time, Lucy will share with you some meditations that are wonderful to do with your animal friends.
Are you “perfectly” present with your animal friends?