I’ve been thinking about and discussing calm energy with friends and colleagues a lot recently. I’ve come to learn over the years that animals are very good at sensing calm, non-threatening energy in people, as well as aggressive energy. It’s likely part of their survival instincts.
I was treated to a real-life example of this when I visited a local touch tank aquarium. For educational and outreach purposes, they offer hands-on encounters with “friendly” creatures. The animals, however
generally get to choose if they want to participate or not. One such animal was a bamboo shark.
I was honored when one of the sharks left its nook among rocks to swim over and check me out. She rested her chin in my palm. There was no food involved, so it was purely at will, perhaps out of curiosity. After a few minutes, she returned to her rocks, out of reach of the other visitors. The next day, she paid me a repeat visit. Mind you, I simply waited at pool’s edge, quietly and calmly.
That is nothing extraordinary, as I know of many human-animal encounters like this. All the same, I felt special and honored. It is much like our beloved gators, when they allow us to be in their presence. They seem to know we mean no harm. Maybe they are as curious about us as we are of them. I hope I always give off a good energy.
I must add that this aquarium was one of my sister’s favorite places to visit! I can understand why. The staff and animals are super-friendly, and they teach people about conservation of wildlife and habitats. It is now one of my favorite places, too.