I’ve been spending a lot of time at the kitchen window this summer, watching the birds at our bird-bath. A whole hour will go by before I realize how totally mesmerized I’ve been. The birds take their turns; the little ones wait for the bigger ones, and there’s a bully robin who is amazingly adept at keeping all others away while he takes his own sweet time completing his ablutions. He even bosses bigger guys like the grackles. He flies at them, he screeches, he fluffs, and then he showers, he bathes, he chirps …. You think your kids take ages in the bathroom? They’ve got nothing on this guy.
The time I’ve spent just sitting at the window, totally captivated by avian dramas, has surprised me as I’m no bird watcher, or I wasn’t. Apparently the phone has rung, the dog has barked, the husband has called, and I’ve heard nothing. Well, maybe I’ve heard the latter, but only peripherally.
And when I finally stand up to get on with my day, I feel refreshed. It’s similar to how I feel after I’ve been meditating, sitting quietly for a little while on my cushion.
Just taking time to be alone for a few minutes and to focus on one thing – be it birds, water, one’s breath – can be both relaxing and energizing … a good habit to get under way.