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PodcastMindfulness Through Birdwatching

Mindfulness Through Birdwatching

Discover the art of mindfulness through the enchanting world of birdwatching with Rosie on Radio Headspace. Learn how the simple act of observing hummingbirds and listening to birdsong can ground you in the present moment, offering a serene escape into nature's rhythms. This episode invites you to embrace the beauty of spring and find peace in the melodies that fill the air.

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(air hissing) (air clicking) (gentle music) Headspace Studio. (metal jangling) (air rumbling) (gentle upbeat music) Hi friends. It's Rosie here. Welcome to Radio Headspace and to Thursday. The other day, I was driving on the freeway listening to Lithium on SiriusXM. Well, it was more like snailing than driving. As I sat in my car feeling the frustration that often arises when I'm rushing to get to someplace, I happened to glance over and see two hummingbirds zoom across my windshield and dart into some foliage at the base of a grand tree. Wherever they were going, they were going to get there faster than I could. "That's cool," I thought, immediately disconnecting from the tension that was building. It's during these moments when I feel the monotony of my day that I remember to turn my attention to what I can see and what I can hear. (traffic humming) Have you ever taken a moment to truly listen to the world around you, to the birdsong that fills the air during the springtime? As they build their nests and find new territory, their joyous activities produce birdsong that can uplift our spirits. Today, we're going to explore the enchanting world of birdwatching and how it can be a pathway to mindfulness. We'll encourage you to find a quiet spot in nature. Listen to the melodic symphony of birdsong, and combine it with mindful meditation to relax and de-stress. (birds tweeting) Hummingbirds have always been my favorite. As a kid, I would hear the old pre-Columbian Mexican myths of this bird. It was known as the courier of the Gods. Mayans called the hummingbird (speaks in Mayan) These beautiful creatures hold a significant place in Maya folklore with various mythical tales surrounding their existence. According to one myth, when the Maya Gods faced the dilemma of creating new animals due to a shortage of corn and mud, they realized they needed a creature to carry wishes and thoughts across distances. To address this need, they made a tiny arrow made of jade, and, with a gentle breath, they sent the arrow soaring into the skies giving rise to the graceful hummingbird. Legend has it that the hummingbird's feathers possessed an ethereal quality, allowing it to approach flowers with such delicacy that not a single petal would move. Its iridescent feathers shined under the sun shimmering like raindrops. (birds tweeting) Last spring, during a particularly rough season, I had lost two contract jobs that I was really counting on to pay my rent, and I was trying everything I could to stay positive. And one thing that helps me stay positive is being in nature. At that time, we'd been watching some birds in our backyard and would consistently see one hummingbird in a particular area. They're also very territorial. We followed its tracks and found a tiny nest with two tiny hummingbird eggs. I immediately called my abuelita. "They're good luck," she said in Spanish. Two weeks later, the baby...


Duration7 min

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  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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