Active Yogi: Track Your Habits

As I’ve chronicled on Facebook, our house was laid siege by a self-destructive robin for almost two weeks. Yesterday’s application of newspaper to the windows—where, apparently, its reflection taunted it—has helped. I’ve seen only one divebomb of the window and no more droppings on the front porch. The robin may be gone, but it’s not forgotten:


For the last few days, a robin has been attacking its reflection in the window to my home office. Over and over again, it flings itself at the window in a show of aggression. I’ll shoo it away, and a few hours later it returns. One of my students suggested I Google “robin totem”—it seems the robin, harbinger of spring, is a symbol of change. That’s ironic, as this bird is not changing its behavior. Its now-habitual action is causing it harm.

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