How to mindfully listen to what the birds are saying
We can feel what is happening with the birds around us. Bird songs help us relax, their alarms cause tension, and their deadly silence prompts us to observe our surroundings more carefully.
Humans can easily tune into communication between birds. This practice is called bird and it reveals the exciting drama in birds' everyday lives. You will discover the bird's secret lives and how they are driven by predation, feeding, mating and nesting.
We learn bird language through the practice of the 'Bird Sit'. The sit is an outdoor bird meditation and it's the perfect activity to do from your window, backyard, or stoop. Simply sit and quietly watch the birds for 10-20 minutes. While sitting, ask yourself, "What are the birds doing right now?" and observe their behaviors and vocalizations.
This simple yet potent practice cultivates a quiet mind, relaxation, and a deep connection to birds.
Bushtit Photo: Devin Grady
Take a breather with birds. Join a live Instagram @audubonca for a 20-min guided bird sit on Fridays at 10am PT.
A bird's gentle call back and forth allows her companion to relax - perhaps enough to make it to the next day. How can we apply this in our own lives?