For me, the most beautiful animals are happy animals; I love them best when they're totally at ease: free from pain, fear, cold, hunger or any other discomfort, what we humans would probably define as happiness. Foxes master this comfortable state of being like no other. Of course they have their duties calling as well. But once that rabbit is consumed, the territory defined and taken care of important things like procreation and upbringing, it�s time to relax�.. and relax a little more. Foxes can be fully 'in the moment', as if they invented mindfulness themselves. No need for yoga classes or meditation courses, since relaxing is their second nature. They don't spend hours thinking how to live a fulfilling live, they rather spend their time just living it. They smell the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on their fur, close their eyes and then it's a matter of just being there. Simple as that.
There's a contradiction going on when it comes to capturing Zen Foxes: the harder you try, the more you"ll move away from your goal. If you are too eager, an animal will sense that eagerness and will remain alert. They know you want something from them, which makes you a potential danger.
But if you manage to take things as they come, by just enjoying the beautiful nature around you, who know what might happen. Through the years, I learned to do as foxes do, just being there and see what might happen. And in the mean time, I just enjoy smelling some fresh air and feeling the sun on my skin.
And if nothing happens? Well at least you had a good day. As Mick Jagger sings so beautifully: You can't always get what you want, but you might find you get what you need. ;)
September 7th, 2014
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