As I sat down for meditation today (day 9 of the Big Sit, and it’s going well), I glanced out the window to see a bunch of red-breasted nuthatches perched in our backyard trees. At first they looked like pine cones as they sat, then a school of fish as they flew away, splitting into groups heading opposite directions. Echoing my experiences with Vivi and Manta Ray, it’s another example of how the mind works as we try to sit in stillness. It’s OK to notice the thoughts, but then we let them fly off.
Some were still in the tree after 20 minutes.