stressful situations and so forth. For now, I’d like to talk about how much there is to appreciate about the good habits.
A few weeks ago, walking down the outside spiral staircase at home, I discovered that a bird’s nest was balanced on an old bicycle hanging against the house. On closer inspection, I noticed four beautiful robin’s eggs! The mother and father robin had been quietly living there, making a family, right under our noses. Soon after, two eggs hatched, and two days later, the other two. The newborn birds were nothing but open mouths, straining upward for the food that both the parent robins were regularly supplying. At night, the mother robin sat quietly on the nest, getting some sleep and keeping the newborns warm.
How did the robins know what to do? It amazes me to see them doing their important work without any instruction! They just know instinctively. Their new habits are born out of necessity, creating the next generations of robins.
Today the young birds are bursting out of the nest, almost ready to fly. The parents can no longer sit on the nest and the young birds are about to fly off on their own.
Nature gives us many important messages. Trusting in the ways we evolve as humans is valuable. And when our habits don’t serve us, we can turn to our conscious awareness or the observations of others, like an Alexander Technique teacher, to help restore us to our inherently beautiful, natural selves.
Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.