By Astrid Schuhmann
A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.
Through my living-room window a warm Fall breeze carries the sound of chewing made by an ill-mannered giant having a picnic on my front lawn. The inquisitive child inside of me peers out the window: The lawn is black—an iridescent black with hues of green. I’m looking at a flock of black birds, countless, gorging themselves on a fresh crop of acorns. The myriad of their individual sounds blends into a concoction of chirping and chewing.
And yet, for all their apparent sameness, I notice a diversity of manners: some picking, turning over every leaf lest they overlook a special morsel; others, feeding in stoic repeat motions; there are those who appear overwhelmed by the abundance, fluttering about, barely eating at all; and the agitators, who, seemingly ever unhappy with what is before them, just must disrupt another’s peaceful meal. Which of these birds am I? At times perhaps, a bit of each.
A short spectacle it is. After all, how many acorns does it take to fill a bird’s belly? As if summoned by a distant call, the flock lifts in unison, becomes a dark cloud that drifts southward, no particle left behind.
During these minutes, I witness a curious shift as an apparent whole first reveals glimpses of its distinct parts, then reintroduces itself as a coherent ensemble.
I connect freely, assured I belong to the earth and the sky.
© Astrid Schuhmann 2016
Connect was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography –Astrid Schuhmann
Astrid’s adventuresome spirit led her from her native Germany to Winnipeg, where she has applied her passion for organizational systems in several settings. After completing a Transformative WritingTM program, she was trained as a facilitator and has led groups for seniors. Astrid has coordinated two training manuals and three books, including this one. Her passion for language led her to transcribe her father-in-law’s journals and translate them from their original German into English.