This morning as I was in the kitchen, preparing breakfast and packing lunch for work today, I heard a distinct rhythmic thump-thump-thump on my living room window. I walked over to see a robin red breast rapidly tapping its wings on the pane. At first I thought the bird had flown into it, not knowing it was glass. I can assure you that my windows aren’t THAT clean. It didn’t appear to be injured and when I approached it, it didn’t fly away. Clearly it had something to say. I told it that I couldn’t let it in, but I would happily listen to its message. It stared me right in the eye and continued to flap away. I laughed as I remembered that my mother used to call them “Robbie Redbreasts” and then launch into the song When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin’ Along. I know that the robin heralds spring and new beginnings. The weather here in Pennsylvania has been predictably unpredictable and I am SO ready for Spring.
According to Healing.About.com: “The robin with its red breast and trilling song awakens us to the spring season. When robin totem makes its appearance you can expect new spurt of growth or a new beginning for yourself. This bird is associated with the spring equinox, reaffirming the importance of seasonal changes. Are you honoring change in your life or are you stuck in old patterns. The robin teaches us to move forward and not to be afraid to try new things. The robin gets its nourishment from the earth, pulling earthworms out of the soil. It is true that the early bird gets the worm! Ask yourself, are you taking full advantage of new opportunities? Also, this action reminds us to ground our bodies and pull up life energies from the earth to nourish our spiritual selves.”
This is pertinent for many of the circumstances in my life at the moment. I have been questioning my direction and the steps to take me there. I am growing by leaps and bounds emotionally and spiritually. I am opening to change and stretching comfort zones. Worms? Hmmmm….sometimes my thoughts get kinda squirmy. I am most certainly an early bird these days, sometimes up before the sun. Needing to ground more, that’s for sure.
The other chuckling moment came because this Sunday I am speaking at a Church of Religious Science on the topic of Spring Awakening and I was thinking about how to open the conversation and I am teaching a workshop later that day on the same subject. Asked and received. Thank you, “Robbie”. Springing forward!
http://youtu.be/Z3jmMoImXeo When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin’ Along-Whispering Jack Smith and Carson Robison