You can multiply the good feelings in life through your intention to nurture them, the gentleness with which you hold them, and the generous spirit with which you engage them.
The good feelings in life don’t need to be used sparingly. They don’t need to be exchanged for something more valuable. Nor hidden, nor hoarded. There’s no need to wait to experience them. No justification or requirements are necessary. Enjoy and share them freely, and watch how they grow.
Instructions for your exploration (do it for the way it feels):
Wherever you are, imagine a bluebird flying nearby.
If it’s outside and you’re inside, open the door and join it.
If it’s beside you, turn to face it. Sit down to watch.
If it’s above you, look up and smile.
If it’s behind you, call it with the sweetest sound you can make.
If it’s ahead of you, run to catch up to it. See how it waits. Invite it to perch on your hand.
How does it feel when it lands there? Study the bird. See the details in its feathers, its coloring. Feel the weight of its body. Stroke its wing. Watch for the sky in its eyes.
When did you first wonder what it’s like to fly?
Carry the bird to a tree and place it on a branch. Watch as another appears in its place on your hand. Place that one on a branch. Watch another appear in its place.
Fill the tree with as many birds as you desire.
Listen to them sing for you. What do they want you to hear?
Conduct them in an enchanting symphony.
Allow your mind to wander through the names of all the people you’ve known. As each name comes to mind, in whatever unplanned order, send that person a bluebird from your tree. Ask the bluebird to send this message:
May you be…
See how there are always more than enough bluebirds to go around.
How did you learn about generosity? And kindness? What has this lesson done for your heart?
Breathe with this awareness for 5 seconds. One minute. Come back and breathe like this in an hour.
Bring your favorite person to stand with you by your tree. Stay there together, not talking, just watching.
When you’re ready, take turns releasing the birds one by one.
Thank each for its song, bless it, and set it free.
Do you see the little piece of open sky each leaves behind?
Find the place you feel clarity in your body. Place your hand there if you can or send it your next breath.
Next, find courage.
Draw a bluebird on a sheet of paper. Fold the paper until it fits in your pocket. Then, put it there.
Walk around today remembering what you carry. See how this changes your perspective.
Do it for the way you feel. Before, during, and after.
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