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First sighting

A hummingbird came by this morning.

The hummingbird may be the smallest of birds, but it is also the most fascinating.  Anyone who has ever seen this tiny bird is filled with a sense of wonder and joy.  Its name comes from the vibration of its wings as it flies or hovers.  We have all heard how good it is to whistle while we work, but humming is much more effective.  It creates an internal massage, restoring health and balance.  This the hummingbird reminds us to do.  It reminds us to find joy in what we do and to sing it out.

… Hummingbirds have knowledge of how to use flowers for healing.  This includes their fragrance, their color, and herbal qualities as well.  They can teach you how to draw the life essence from them and create your own medicines — as in the case of Bach flower remedies and other flower elixirs.  They can teach you how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love.

… No other bird can fly backwards.  This reflects hummingbird’s ability to explore the past and to draw from it the nectars of joy.  The hummingbird can help you find joy and sweetness in any situation.  Its swiftness is always a reminder to grab joy while you can — as quickly as you can.

… the hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible.  It will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

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A Monday meander: Poetry and birds

Sunrise in the kitchen, resting on the late bloomers.

How to Be a Poet

i

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.

ii

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

iii

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

~ Wendell Berry

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What would you create?

Around the pond at Breezy Acres (in northeast Ohio, last week).

That’s the trouble with people. their root problem.  Life runs alongside them, unseen.  Right here, right next.  Creating the soil.  Cycling water.  Trading in nutrients.  Making weather.  Building atmosphere  Feeding and curing and sheltering more kinds of creatures than people know how to count.

… If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we’d drown you in meaning.

~ when the trees speak in The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Earthly energy

The alchemy of sunlight and earth.

Sit still and disengage normal activities.
Draw energy from the earth,
Admit power from the heavens.
Fertilize the seed within;
Let it sprout into a flower of pure light.

~ Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

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Sharing time

Sunset in a wavy woods.  (I know it was simply camera shake, but there is a watery look to this image that I like.)
Sunset in a wavy woods. (I know it was simply camera shake, but there is a watery look to this image that I like.)

I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.

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