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Inspirational Encounters - How to Pay Attention to the Signs of Inspiration

Jenny Stinson

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When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I've heard (and said) this for years, and at times, I've been more “ready" than at other times. Recently, several incidents have presented signs to me that I am encountering something extraordinary.

Last week, as I was running a half marathon in Sun Valley, Idaho, I found myself struggling with my breathing. I had just run a marathon 3 weeks prior, so although I should have been almost fully recovered, I was feeling lethargic, slow, and out of shape. Very frustrated, I started allowing some negative self-talk to get into my head, not understanding why I wasn't feeling better than I was.

Around mile 8 in the throes of my negative self-talk, I came upon a fox sitting about 3 feet from the running path, just looking at me. I was so taken (and thrilled) with this unexpected encounter that I almost immediately started feeling better. I thought about this fox for the next couple of miles, and amazingly my last 5 miles got a little easier.

I reflected on this experience later, and I realized that when anything in nature contacts us physically, we should pay attention.

Here are 5 ways how to “pay attention" to the signs of inspiration:

  1. Be open to all possibilities. In nature, anything is possible. Let go of past limiting beliefs that certain things are impossible.
  2. Watch for and recognize signs. A sign could be anything that causes you to stop and think. It could be a leaf falling on you, a kind of bird you've never seen before, or an encounter with a wild animal.
  3. Acknowledge that something extraordinary has taken place. Know that anything in nature that might be a departure from its normal behavior is extraordinary.
  4. Be patient. Understanding may not come right away. Know that there is something you are being “told, " but you don't have to know exactly what it is at the time.
  5. Be grateful for the experience. Feel gratitude for this gift from nature - it was meant especially for you.

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