I was doing a yoga session in my living room on a sunny, Sunday morning, with Adriene on Youtube coaching me on the big screen. From a Forward Fold position, getting a really nice stretch, I moved into a Mountain Pose, when I happened to look out the window into our backyard. I noticed a woodpecker in the tree. A peck here, a chisel there, it was just hopping around contentedly. But it was alone. While most birds seem to come in female/male pairs, or flocks; woodpeckers, I have noticed, are always alone.
This was my contemplation, as I moved into a Downward Dog pose. Do woodpeckers have a personality problem, maybe too bossy or territorial, or are they just loners? I thought of the phrase, “if you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. I know that many bird species mate for life. Kind of like humans, unless thereâ€™s a divorce.
But birds can’t get divorced, separation more likely from a successful coyote or a Cooperâ€™s Hawk.
Moving into a Plank Pose, I pondered birds in a flock. For me, these flocks seem like a vast, chaotic mayhem, especially when they all have the same colouring. I wonder if they can even tell each other apart, or is it a bird orgy.
And I wonder if thereâ€™s some hanky-panky going on here, or same-sex curiosity. Iâ€™ve seen this kind of behavior in ducks.
Finally, as I whisper â€śNamasteâ€ť, I wonder if we all look the same to birds. What do birds, and animals in general, think of humans? This is serious stuff to meditate onâ€¦ and keep you in the present moment.
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