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How is Bird Watching Different From a Guided Meditation?

Q: Dear Todd, I am sitting in front of my window watching the birds at my bird feeders. I was wondering what your thoughts are about this morning activity which I do every morning over coffee. How different is this compared to a structured guided meditation? I think they’re both very similar in that they keep you in the present. It’s a very calming thing for me. Yes, my mind wanders but I’m always brought back to the present by the birds. Thoughts?

TODD ANSWERS: That sounds like a perfect meditation. The only real difference is focusing on the bird and focusing on our breath is that breath is always with us, and it’s subtler. This subtlety expands our awareness and develops our concentration. There is also a podcast that I recorded on the same topic some time ago, please check that out as well

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