The Tao of Birds

borrowed from The Daily Om

Flying Home
Free Of Gravity

As earthbound beings, humans have always had a fascination with winged creatures of all kinds. The idea of being able to spontaneously lift off from the earth and fly is so compelling to us that we invented airplanes and helicopters and myriad other flying machines in order to provide ourselves with the many gifts of being airborne. Flying high in the sky, we look down on the earth that is our home and see things from an entirely different perspective. We can see more, and we can see farther than we can when we’re on the ground. As if all this weren’t enough, the out-of-this-world feeling of freedom that comes with groundlessness inspires us to want to take flight again and again.

Metaphorically, we take flight whenever we break free of the gravity that holds us to a particular way of thinking or feeling or being. We take flight mentally when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights. This is what it means to open our minds. Emotionally, we take flight when the strength of our passion exceeds the strength of our blockages; the floodgates open and we are free to feel fully. Spiritually we take flight when we locate that part of ourselves that is beyond the constraint of linear time and the world of form. It is in this place that we experience the essential boundlessness that defines the experience of flight.

Taking flight is always about freeing ourselves from form, if only temporarily. When we literally fly, in a plane or on a hang glider, we free ourselves from the strength of gravity’s pull. As we open our minds and our hearts, we free ourselves from habitual patterns of thought and emotional blockages. As we remember our true nature, we free ourselves from identification with the temporary state of our physical forms. The more we stretch our wings, the clearer it becomes that taking flight is a state of grace that simply reminds us of who we really are.

photo credit Larena Woodmore 



Filed under Birds, Life, Seeking, Spirituality

7 responses to “The Tao of Birds

  1. glorious

    I’m not a fan of flying. I love watching the birds fly but I don’t have wings so I don’t want to be up there. Not really afraid of flying but afraid of falling.

  2. Les

    she has some nice pics

  3. seb

    Flight is amazing. Unbelievable, the beauty of it, especially in creatures like birds…

    I really like being in water, it’s quite freeing, one feels weightless, it can be very peaceful and relaxing, and it’s a nice way to free your mind and let it go wherever it wants to…

  4. Diwakar

    Nature Sync rules!

  5. Diwakar

    oh, thanks!
    will visit this place oftenly!

  6. Beautiful.

    Beltane Blessings / Happy May Day!

  7. I’m afraid of height and maybe flying is one from many things that not interest me. Just flying in imagination would feels very good.

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