While wandering yesterday, I spotted this magnificent hawk hunting for food.
With a powerful burst of energy, he lifted his wings and soared over the field, scanning for prey. I could feel the intensity of his movements. Then he returned to his perch and rested. Over and over, he repeated the cycle of taking flight, soaring, and returning to rest.
As I continued to wander, I had a thought. The hawk was operating in an easy rhythm…hunt, rest, hunt, rest. Animals know how to pace themselves. They live in concert with the natural rhythms of the Earth.
We humans don’t. In our fast-paced world, we expend energy ongoingly and rarely pause.
I suspect my encounter with the hawk was a reminder to pace myself. Expend energy, then take some moments to rest. I realized that it’s in those resting moments that reflecting happens. Reflecting about the lessons I’m learning and what I’m being guided to do next…I suspect it’s the recipe for living an examined life.
I’m grateful for the reminder from the beautiful hawk...
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