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Me, Myself, and the Birds

I’m sitting on my back deck as I write this, and I’m watching the various songbirds and squirrels that visit my yard.  I have to tell you, I find it extremely peaceful and very cool to just enjoy the quiet nature of the whole scenario.

One of my favorite things to do is to watch the birds.  I have hummingbird feeders, songbird feeders, places for the finches to get their thistle, etc.  And I’ve been doing this for a long time.

Yes, it’s true, while I consider myself to be a man’s man…I was watching UFC 131 last night and enjoying the mixed martial artists as they beat the crap out of each other…I really find solace in just watching the birds do their thing.

Now, I may be getting a bit sentimental here, but I imagine it’s because I’m comparing my zen-filled calmness right now with the lunch I had with my family about two hours ago.  Let’s just say it was the polar opposite of calm.

Amazingly enough, it wasn’t my family that was causing all the chaos…

We just happened to be seated a table away from another very large family (in number and stature), who decided to set up their own personal reunion type atmosphere, normally reserved for a park or banquet hall.  It came complete with the blood curdling screams of young children as they ran around the table and adults who were clueless to the rudeness, and continued telling their stories to each other in very loud, annoying voices.  Ugghhh…

Needless to say, we moved.  As did about three other parties of people who were there, no doubt, to have lunch and not be bombarded with constant noise and motion.

The food was great.  However, my head was still buzzing until about 30 minutes ago.

Anyway, back to the grooviness of tranquility…

So as I’m sitting here, I’m reminded of the cleansing power that comes with being still.  The wonderful energy that one can tap into by becoming quiet and listening to only yourself.

In the previous post I mentioned how fear is something that can paralyze us; but also that when we become conscious of our own awesome internal power, and tap into that resource, we can literally send fear running for the hills, and start to take some control over our own destiny.

The most effective way to get in touch with who you are and all of the wonderful things you can create for yourself is to find some place to get still and to get quiet.  If you only do this for 10 minutes a day, it will begin to have a significant impact on your quality of life.  You can start to shape the way things play out for yourself, rather than simply becoming a victim of circumstance, or waiting for something or someone else to dictate your next and every move.  This is YOUR life.  You want to be in control.

That control begins with controlling your mind and mastering your thoughts.  The first step is to slow down and listen to yourself.  The voice within has all the answers you will ever need.  So, if you haven’t done this already, pick out a place and maybe even a time each day, where you can start to connect to this miraculous process.

For me, it’s getting outside and enjoying a little nature.  For you, it may be sitting in a dark room away from the action.  It can be done in an easy chair, or an office chair.  At the beach, on your porch, or while you walk or jog.

The physical place you choose is not near as important as the mental, emotional, and spiritual place you access.

Find that place, and find that peace.  Find yourself.  You are an amazing and powerful, creative force of nature.

And speaking of forces of nature, the kids just rolled out here with me…tranquility has officially vanished…so I’m off to have some other kind of fun!

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