Infinite Resiliency

Hummingbird Friend At Wolf Creek
Hummingbird Visit At Wolf Creek

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything.”

~John Muir

A recently completed pollinator garden on my small deck overlooking Wolf Creek brings daily visitors in the form of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies…and great pleasure as an observer. As you can see from the image above I caught one of my guests hovering over a spicy carnation.

Our attention can be literally captured by these amazing creatures – a species that has been around for 22 million years in one form or another.  They are also known to migrate 1000’s of miles and back again.  When they hover their wings beat in an infinity pattern, and though we cannot possibly slow it down enough with our normal vision to actually see this, just know there is a message here.

A message of resiliency, formidable strength and infinite possibility embodied in this tiny creature.

Yes, hummingbirds – who at times stop in midair right in front of my face perhaps trying to figure out whether I am a flower they can sip nectar from –  and all the creatures that visit my deck, the forest, the creek and the sky are connected to each other…..and we to them.

They remind us of the sensuous mystery and beauty that constantly surrounds us no matter where we live within this vast interconnection.

For just a moment become very quiet and still, breathing in and out….and you will see a world open up before you that was completely missed when you forgot what you are connected to – an infinite cosmic dance where all is “hitched” to all life unfolding.


Gaye Abbott, 7/14/19


Breathing Spaces





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