Simply Finding Freedom

Birds are so much fun to watch.  Bird watching is a peaceful hobby of mine.  I love being able to attract different types of birds to my backyard by offering an array of foods for them to feast on.  They are so beautiful and interesting.  I have several bird feeders in my backyard.  One is a top feeder that sits high on top of a ten foot pole.  It is made of wood with a screen floor and a top that looks like an A frame.  It is a wide open fly through type of feeder.  On the roof of that feeder I have placed a long screw facing up so that I can place a half an apple or orange on top.  Certain birds love fruit so I try to accommodate.  On the same pole there are three arms.  One rm holds a long tube like feeder which makes it easy for birds like woodpeckers to hold onto thile they poke their beaks in the different portals to grab seeds and nuts.  The second and third arms hold suet cakes.  One suet feeder is just like a plastic covered wire basket and the other suet feeder holds 2 cakes in it.  The suet is made up of fat and protein and seeds.  The birds use it vigorously during nesting season because it is a high energy soft food that gives easy access for Moms and Dads that are eager to get back to their babies.  It’s kind of like driving through the fast food restaurant to get a nice quick and easy meal.  I also have a hummingbird feeder that is red to attract these amazingly fast little creatures.  I fill it with sugar water so it’s like nectar that they get from flowers.

None of the birds need me to put out feeders for them to eat.  They have all the natural food they need whether it’s insects, flowers, fruit, tree nuts or grass seeds.  My practice is purely a selfish one because I get so much joy out of watching them and learning their habits.  In essence I need them more than they need me.

Birds are a lot like humans in some ways.  The family unit is at their core of existence.  Most, not all, birds mate for life and they set out together on their journey of life.  They begin by preparing nests and having their babies.  Mother and Father share in all the daily activities of raising their families fiercely protecting and teaching their young ones how to become independent so they can go forth and sustain the species.  There are no worries about where their food is coming from.  They just naturally go and find it.  The birds don’t wait for someone to tell them how to build a nest or what materials they should use.  They have the innate knowing that they have what they need.  Their spirits are pure as they go about their living.

There are no egos involved.  They don’t argue over who is going to do which chore.  The birds work together for the common goal.  Human, I believe could tap into such freedom by taking example from the birds.  Pure love is what I see in the spirit of the birds.  The eat, sleep, work and even play with reckless abandon and still all is provided for them.  It’s not that they don’t have to work for their food and shelter.  Just like all of God’s creatures they have to do the work but they don’t see it as work they see it as daily living.  There is no worry about it.  Humans have all that we need in our lives but once again we find a way to complicate everything by worrying and caring about what everyone else is doing and saying.  We are always looking for something outside of us.  We seem to gravitate towards the drama of everyone else’s life.  Why do we do this?  Are we searching for something that will make us feel better about ourselves?  Why don’t we feel good about ourselves in the first place?  The answers we seek are not about what everyone else is doing or thinking.  If we choose to live simply and work with the inner knowing that with the work all will be provided we could be much happier beings.

Life is all spelled out for the birds.  They live, enjoy, work and raise their babies.  The babies learn and grow and the cycle goes on.  It’s really very simple.  We share the same spirit as the birds do and yet we choose to live the hard way.  We attach emotion to things that don’t require such attachment.  We constantly feel irritated about too much traffic or feel depressed because we have to go to work on Monday.  We aren’t going to change the outcome by stressing about things we cannot control.  Can we really make the traffic disappear or eliminate Monday morning?  The thing we can control is our reaction to different situations.  Instead of dreading going to work on Monday morning we could just be thankful that we have a job to go to.  Or even better still how about if we don’t attach the word “work” to our job.  It is just a part of living.  It is actually a blessing to have a job to go to.  Work is just a place that gives us the means we need to fulfill external needes in the human world.  By changing our perception of what work is we can find fulfillment in our lives. This my friends, is what is called a gift.  The birds don’t attach the human word “work” to their daily living they just naturally live.  It’s all in the perception of any given situation.  By learning to be still we can allow ourselves to just do what comes naturally without putting our own made up thoughts to it.  Can you imagine how peaceful we would feel?  We would be more open to the pure essence of love that we are meant to be along with all of God’s creatures.

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Mary Mangee

I have lived a life and learned many things along the way. Through my daily experiences I want to share the little lessons I have picked up and share them with you. Maybe you can find some pearls of wisdom in your day too.

2 thoughts on “Simply Finding Freedom”

  1. The creatures of the earth have many lessons to share; birds, in many native cultures, represent the “spirit” within all things and they do represent the spirit of freedom. The questions you raise tells me your affinity with them. It’s as if they speak to you in their own way. Thank you for this morning refresher!

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    1. I find peace with God’s creatures. My spirit animal is the Red Tailed Hawk and I feel the freedom in the wind. Thank you so much Renee for reading my essays. Your spirit lifts me up.

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