Hummingbirds flap their wings about 80 times per second. Per second! Like you, they expend a lot of energy in their daily lives.
But even so, they still stop to eat.
In May, I spent time with my parents to help out after my mom’s successful hip replacement surgery. Each meal, I sat eating while watching birds at the bird feeders. That’s when I noticed: even hummingbirds stop to eat.
Maybe not all the time if they are hovering above a flower in mid-air, but they do stop when they can place their feet on a branch or a bird feeder.
Today, when you are busily rushing through your day, think of hummingbirds. And stop to eat.
Mindfully doing just one thing, like chewing your food and enjoying your meal, is a wonderful way to bring ease and joy into your day. It’s also an easy way to improve your digestion and strengthen your immune system, since a significant percentage of your immune system comes from the health of your digestive tract where the body fights infection from foreign invaders.
So, again, invite yourself to pause today in your busy flight between activities, take a breath, and stop to eat.
Learn more about hummingbirds here.