Birds & Rain

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(Image via It’sGreg @ Flickr):  

Observations:

a. Why do birds go crazy in the rain?
b. Rain = Water
c. Water = Source of Life
d. Birds ‘delight’ in the source of life & also represent freedom

During a recent rain shower, I sat under the shelter of my porch in awe, as I watched the curious nature of several birds delightfully reveling in the raindrops coming down from above. I remembered seeing the same thing a couple months ago after a surprise snowfall, and decided to take note.

This small message of hope might go unnoticed by most, but I could not dismiss the synchronistic meaning that these events formed within my heart. As this congregation of varying species of birds, came together to prance and sing for my viewing pleasure, it appeared as if they were giving thanks for a much needed gift. I pondered this idea and realized that water is a gift – we are born of it and also require it for survival; it is the source of life.

No, this note is not just about birds.  It is an observation of the message they carry with them, in their songs of delight. Birds are the free spirits of air, and have often been used as bearers of messages.  For example, in times of war, homing pigeons were used as messengers to carry word of engaged parties who could not otherwise get word back to their home base. 

Today, we can also choose to see these curious animals of flight in the same way, as messengers. So the next time you find yourself staring out the window in a daydream and catch glimpse of birds at play, take note of their message and how it might apply to you.

There is so much more on this subject, and among the many articles I have found, the following is a wonderful reflection on the divine meaning of these messengers of the air.  Enjoy!

Birds as Divine Messengers: Animal Angels, Spirit Guides and Totems:  How God May Send Messages to You Through Birds

Pay attention to the otherwise unnoticed beauty surrounding you, in the places you might least expect.

Soul Mate: The True Definition

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Expectations & Love

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It takes two very conscientious minds to enter into a relationship with no expectations or obligation, only selfless love.  When your happiness is derived from the happiness of your partner, only then can you know true love.

This agape love, is the love that Jesus demonstrated during his time, here on earth.  He did this, so that we as closed-minded human beings might understand the inexplicable grace of God the Father, and come to know Jesus as our savior.

s.l.o.w. d.o.w.n.

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There comes a time in all of our lives when one feels the need to sit down, weigh the options of our path’s direction, and make a decision (conscious or not) to stay on our current route or make a right at the stop sign ahead.  Chances are, if you ever reach that stop sign, you’ll have no choice but to make a change in direction anyway – for if you stay on your current course, you risk living a life of regret, or worse…  I mean, you are stopping for a reason, right?

Those who can slow down long enough to see the stop sign to begin with, are few and far between, and those who actually choose the right direction??  Even fewer….

If you ever catch a glimpse of that stop sign or fork in the road, don’t just keep driving as if you never saw it.  Slow down and take a look around…. SEE what surrounds you.  FEEL the wind in your hair.  LISTEN to the diesel driving next to you.  KNOW where you are, not just where you’re going, because sometimes the path we started down merges with other roads, and although the destination is still the same, the scenery has changed.  Get off the interstate and hit the back roads!  This way, you are sure to slow it down!