Birdwatching for me is a meditative practice. It involves immersing myself in nature and finding a quiet place from which I can observe.
I begin with a prayer of acknowledgment and gratitude. I ready my camera and then I listen. Each bird has its own song and variations. It helps me determine where I want to focus, so I’m not frantically trying to follow the flitting of all the birds.
Not that I’m expert. I recognize many of the regulars by now, and there are still many I do not know. Listening helps me turn off my thoughts and centre myself on the goal.
This week, let’s focus on the art of listening.
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