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Sounds like you were able to get close to the reality of what had happened in that moment in which the baseline shifted, Kjersti. Now, if you want, the next time that you find yourself asking if that kind of intuition/feeling is correct, or if it is you throwing the signal, try to recall the nature of that feeling. Over time, you might be able to find that the correct 'hunch' (for lack of a better term in my mind) is often characterized differently from other guesses that come to mind in moments like that. I've been finding that to be the case at least, albeit pretty gradually. It hasn't been the easiest tracking, but it is keeping my interest when I remember to do it.
Everything has the potential to be considered valuable. The question is not whether or not something can be of value, but how to make it of value. And this question is not answered by changing the thing itself, but by changing how one perceives it, thinks of it, and addresses it in every moment.
It is because of this that we must change our own perceptions in order to find anything valuable when we don't. The potential is there, but change - as a choice - comes from the core of our Self.
Yesterday morning was cool, grey, and humid when I went out to a sit spot. Sits lately are fueled heavily by Jon Young's What the Robin Knows, and am focusing on being present, expanding, and observation leaning toward the birds. I was excited to witness the withdrawal of the birds in response to my intrusion and their re-emergence when they accepted my presence as non-threatening. The first bird back to the scene is what I suspect to be the yellow-breasted Chat -- full of so many different sounds and songs! I chuckled thinking about how many times I must've counted the sounds of this single player as up to 4 different birds when listening to the bird orchestra. Suddenly, the immediate area fell silent again. I imagined Jared and Kodi walking out of the house, b-lining for a morning chore, but I hadn't heard the usual gravel shifting and tinking of kodi's collar. Beginning to searching for more possibilities, I wondered if my own presence had thrown more disturbance rings, if this...
I have been watching the kestrels (a mated pair) and I am shore that it is there nest in the tree, they chase the jays off when they get to close, and they spend most of the day in area, sum times flying to the whole in the tree. I have not seen them bring food into the nest and I don't hear any thing when one of the kestrels go into to the nest. but there might not be any chicks or eggs yet, I saw them matting a day ago. I haven't sniffed the nest because I have not been able to get to the opening.