I want to share one experience I had while practicing my shamanic senses. I was sitting out in my backyard the other day. It was later in the day, and the temperature was perfect. I made an effort to really stop and let everything go, and to listen and hear and see everything around me. I was so struck by the beauty of my yard and everything in it. I have always loved working in the yard and creating different points of interest. But, until the other day, I had never really stopped to take it all in. The beauty of everything hit me really hard, and I actually felt very emotional about it. I saw many different kinds of birds and by paying close attention I discovered where many of them were living right there in my own yard. I was aware of the different species and the different sounds and songs of each one. I had a little yellow chested bird come over and take a bath in the fountain I was sitting next to. I just watched him, and I felt so happy that I am able to provide a nice place for him. He stopped on the edge of the fountain and looked at me. We actually shared a moment where we sat staring at each other. I know where he lives. I became aware of the many bees that were enjoying my lavender plants. Again, I am so happy that they love our yard. I even became aware of how the younger branches on the trees are more flexible in the breeze as compared to the older branches….just like people. I love the beauty of the water, plants, flowers, rocks, animals…..everything. I have owned this home for over 20 years, and have taken such pride in the work I have done in my yard, but I never truly “saw” it until the other day. I think my yard is a labor of love. Love for nature. I just never knew it. I am so very grateful to be blessed with such a space that brings joy to so many creatures, including my own family.