Listen To The Animal Within


The animal awakens.

She begins to stir,
her ears becoming aware of the slight sounds
breaking the silence.
Her eyes open to take in her surroundings,
noticing the familiarities and the unfamiliar,
and knowing she is exactly where she needs to be.
She pauses just a little bit longer.

She is stiff, she stretches.
She is hungry, she finds food.
She is happy, she dances.
She sees something new, she runs to explore.
She senses danger, she retreats.
She feels, she does.
She knows in her bones how to move, when to move, and when to be still.
She is tired, she rests.
She knows she is at peace.

But then she is startled.

She is moved, and she knows It is here.
She senses danger, It moves her closer.
She resists, she grasps at the earth with her claws.
She digs in her heels, scarring It with enough force to leave marks,
but not enough strength to withstand Its force.
She feels, It acts.
She is tired, It trudges onward.
She screams, It ignores.

Why won’t It listen?

She is stuck inside a cavern
she knows is only filled with endless darkness.
It is convinced there is light if It pushes through.
She knows the pathway will only get smaller,
that she needs rest to once again find the light.

It trudges onward, and she loses more strength,
until It reaches the smallest corner, unable to move,
stuck in the depths of the enclosed darkness It has foolishly traveled.

She screams, It awakens.
She screams, It responds.
She screams, again, in tired agony.

It surrenders.

She feels, It listens.
She is tired,
and It rests.

For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith.

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"I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love." - L e o T o l s t o y #dreamyourworldawake


Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones is a writer and a yogi living in Austin, Texas. Growing up as a gymnast, Kathryn learned how to use her physical being as a vessel to express her message. She tapped even further into those roots as she began regularly practicing yoga, noticing the movements of her practice often led to the idea and creation of written word. Kathryn’s writing is that of discovery and re-discovery, taking the time to listen and go inward to create work from a place of deep authenticity and truth. She hopes to encourage others to approach their truth with a willingness to be vulnerable, and that in doing so they will find strength. Fueled by coffee and kombucha, Kathryn can typically be found inverting on her yoga mat, riding her bike around the city, or being taken on a walk by her giant golden retriever. You can connect with Kathryn on Instagram.

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