Last Sunday I had a unique experience I’d like to share. As many of you know, I love nature and am happiest in the outdoors and around animals. While I’ve always considered the horse my spirit animal (have had one most of my life), I also seem to have an affinity to birds, particularly hummingbirds. This fall we moved to a new house on a hill and bordered by open space woods. I LOVE it here and most mornings spend some time on a small deck off our bedroom meditating and connecting with the beauty. Usually I hear and sometimes see lots of birds, including a couple of hummingbirds that visit our feeder.
Sunday we got early spring weather with lovely warm temperatures and after spending a long time outside, I went inside leaving the screen door open. A few minutes later I heard a banging racket coming from the kitchen. I dashed down the hall to find a hummingbird caught between the wood blinds and the window, frantically trying to get out. I pulled up the blind but by that time he had exhausted himself and was collapsed on the sill. I got a towel, gently picked him up and took him out onto the patio. He just sat there for a long while and I got a good look at him (gorgeous iridescent scarlet head and green body). I even pet him gently. Eventually he recovered and took off, seeming okay.
Hummingbirds are such magical creatures and are symbolic of joy. I took that experience as a reminder to not get trapped by the minutia of everyday life and to focus more on enjoyment. I tend to be much too serious and not appreciate things as I should.
The next morning shortly after I went out on the deck a bunch of birds flew up and settled on a tree near me—a couple of robins, a flock of tiny grey birds and two smaller birds with yellow bellies. That has never happened before. It felt like they were greeting me. Gradually they departed and I was back to just hearing them. I haven’t seen the hummer since, but I have heard him “clicking” nearby and his mate has visited the feeder. Hopefully he’ll visit again too.
Have you ever had a magical animal experience? Do you have a special connection to any animal?
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