A lesson from two birds
Yesterday evening after a long shift at work I walked to the river to watch the sun cast its last rays of the day over the Thames. It was 7:30pm and the beginning of dusk. The sun was creating long shadows and everything was saturated in an orange glow (am I painting a pretty picture here?).
Anyway. I got out my journal and a pen and started to reflect.
I wrote about the sun, the London smog hanging over the sky, and about a robin playing by my feet.
It seemed quite peaceful, I supposed everyone was lethargic from the sun and preparing themselves for work in the morning. I wrote about the sun, the London smog hanging over the sky and about a robin playing by my feet. I stayed very still so I could watch him and see how close he would come. Soon Robin number 1 was joined by Robin 2 and for some time the pair of them jumped around right next to me.
I started to think about space. During our yoga teacher trainings there is often a poster pinned to the wall that says CREATE SPACE FOR SOMETHING NEW. It refers to the possibility in moments of transition. It reminds me to always be aware of what I can create in each moment.
Sitting by the river I realised that I didn’t fully understand the concept of creating space.I have been trying to push for things, my head constantly in the future, planning my trips and calculating my time. I had got so caught up in ‘creation’ and making things happen that my life felt overcrowded and hectic. I wasn’t actually allowing myself – or my intentions – the space to grow.
Of course you need to plant the seed and water it with your attention – but over water the plant and it will drown.
As I watched the robins playing at my feet it dawned on me that ultimately if you want something you need space from it. Of course you need to plant the seed and water it with your attention – but over water the plant and it will drown.
Just like the robins at my feet – I wanted to observe them, I wanted them to come closer so I could watch them hopping around on the stone path. If I had tried to engage with them, they would have flown away. So instead I remained still and watched, holding them constantly in my awareness.
The challenge is not letting yourself – your thoughts and feelings, your preconceptions and expectations -get in the way of the magic.
The robins taught me that giving too much will refill the space you initially created. It is better to plant the seed and water it occasionally with your attention; giving it the space and gentle encouragement to unfold. It may bring other surprises (or more robins). The challenge is not letting yourself – your thoughts and feelings, your preconceptions and expectations – get in the way of the magic.
What will happen if you lessen your control on what is going on around you? What else can come to you if you allow space for your intentions to grow?