I enjoyed re-reading this post from 5 years ago….and I am still an admirer of swans (even as I learned about some of their not-so-flattering traits) and of listening to our body….
I watched two swans go through their lengthy preening process, cleaning and smoothing their feathers with the help of their beak.
How did they know which feathers needed tidying up and re-arranging? Could they feel somehow the slightest tension of feathers out of place? The way we would feel hair matting down or the slightest weight of something foreign on our skin?
Did they know how to clean themselves by learning from their parents, through pure instinct or a combination of both?
How do we know how to clean ourselves? First our mother washes us and then we begin to use soap and shampoo and lotions on our own as we get older. Some people do a pretty good job at it while others don’t seem to be so aware of greasy hair, dirt under the fingernails, stains on their clothing, or simply don’t care.
And beyond cleanliness, what else…
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