One Minute Meditation – The Heronry

Posted on the 29 May 2014 by Andrew Furst @a_furst

meditationThis weeks one minute meditation was filmed at a great blue heronry a few towns north of where I live.  My son and I trekked over on Memorial Day weekend after the rain stopped on Saturday morning. It was my first visit.  He had been several times and showed signs of boredom when my wife suggested he show me the way.

While the video doesn’t give you the view of the of the nestlings that our 60X telescope offered, you can make out the shapes of the parents and nests at the tops of the dead trees in the center of the marsh. The nestlings were awkward and homely.  Barely a trace of the beauty and grace their parents exuded.  But seeing them rustle around in their perches brought smiles of joy to both our faces.  The trip was worth it.

The Other?

When I first arrived I marvelled at how the adult herons could sit so patiently. Something that is always a challenge for me and my busybody nature. The solitary towers seemed to safeguard the young from unmotivated humans and ground bound predators.

But then I recalled our arrival.   The field where I parked the car was being circled by at least one red-tailed hawk. Perhaps it was diligence, not leisure, that was occupying the big birds.

In a matter of moments I had projected the contradictory states of peacefulness and fear upon these great blue herons.  How far I must be from the truth?

But then again, what is the problem to solve?

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Meditation – Day 3085

I wonder, the birds,
are they as joyful, flying,
as I imagine?
Troy Freund

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