06 Dec Rest for the Holidays | Dec 2016
Take time to rest
Important holiday message from the birds: Take a rest.
Pause right now to take a slow, deep breath. Then focus on your exhale as you let it go.
Do this a few times.
Slow deliberate breathing relieves stress, feels good, and creates inner peace.
So it’s one way to care for yourself with kindness. And we need to be kind to ourselves.
There are other ways to care for yourself, such as:
1) Setting realistic expectations
2) Praising yourself
3) Eating wisely
4) Sleeping enough
5) Pausing occasionally
6) Being grateful
And then, once we take care of ourselves, we can show the same care toward others.
I encourage you to make this a priority. I’ve found that the best way to feel better is to help others.
The Egyptian Goose in the above photo was taking a rest by tucking her bill into her back feathers. Every so often, she would open an eye to check her surroundings. Meanwhile, her mate stood nearby, offering an occasional hiss to let the World know he was there.
The above photo shows a close cropped view of the goose with her eye closed. Notice that her major eyelid moves up, from below her eye. And it has tiny feathers on it.
This is an example of the remarkable details that you notice when studying bird photos.
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Help Birds Tip
Before discarding plastic food containers use them to supply water for backyard birds. First, wash the container. Then fill it with water and put outside. When you have a new container, replace and discard the old one (which you were going to do anyhow).
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation