As a business development consultant, I make time to look back at the past thirty days of work, looking at who I was working with, what I was doing, how I can be better at my job and for my own projects, reflecting on my own personal and professional progress in life. Today was one of those days.
Even though just recently I had a beautiful experience while visiting with a friend that I met just about five years ago, when I was interviewing to be a volunteer for CanCare support group before she moved to Austin to work for St. David’s. Keeping up as friends on Facebook meant just seeing photos of her move and her beautiful daughter until I started venturing Austin and decided to make an Austin Lovelies Messenger group that included her. With past trips to Austin, I was texting one or two friends at a time to meet up and have fun while in town, but now I was connecting on a whole new level. Instead of reaching out to one person at a time, I was now stating what was going on with me and letting my friends connect with me if they chose, and that was my friend Kim.
Meeting at Cenote just made my heart sing, because I was there earlier in the day and then on our way to meet a a different location, we both texted each other that we didn’t feel like paying for parking, so we should just meet back at Cenote, and we did!
With my journal out and listening intently on Kim share the differences between Houston and Austin and what’s happening with survivors, she looks down at my journal that has owls on every page, and then out of the corner of my eye I see something flash over our heads and then we are both amazed to see a massive Hawk has landed on the tree not to far from us and it looks as if he caught something in the process!
In a flash we were both on our feet and getting closer to the hawk that sat in a branch about 12′ from our heads as the guy next to me is focusing his camera on the bird. Out loud I say, Does he or she have something in her claws? What is that? And he says showing me his phone, Yes and the bird is dying as we speak with her talons piercing the bird. The hawk had such an strong and centered aire about her that we all just stood there silently, and by now there was a little crowd. Her hair was pointy as if she was in the water earlier, and she stared off into the distance after checking us out. Not wanting to wait any more, I dashed to my purse to get my phone to take my own photo and then as I turned to go back, the hawk left. I should have just continued staring at her. She was magnificent. Especially with her prey in her clutches. What amazing grace and presence.
As thrilling as that experience is in my memory, when I looked through my journal to the beginning, I notice that I had the same sort of experience while reading in the park. The pool had already closed for the fall, as I showed up ready to relax and read after working in the house for to long. I’d never sat at this park, but as I did I continued to read a book by Mercedes Kirkel when something caught the corner of my right eye or it could have been the sound, and in a split second as I looked up from my book, a beautiful hawk swooped down towards the ground right in front of my view and about 12′ from my table. It was so fast that all I could do was not blink as I heard myself utter, wow. Another second later, I turned to see where she had went and she was high up in a tall tree about 60′ off the ground just hanging out on a branch. I watched her for as long as I could. Until I looked away, and then when I looked back at the branch, she was gone.
For me, nature is an amazing place to notice movements, sounds, and wind as I go to clear my thoughts. It started as a suggestion by Katherine Ashby, the Feng Shui Master of Houston as a place to ground and be with the earth. And it has supremely helped me anchor myself into the earth. My clients are the creative type and throughout our coaching and consulting, I bring in meditations, breathing exercises and intention to break through unconscious blocks so that together we can cocreate with passion and love and the intention to share something special with the community. Their work is their work. My job is to bring it out into the world for everyone to see and engage with. I love my job. And the hawk’s are ever present reminding me to keep the birds eye view which is only heightened when I am thoroughly grounded. And finally, notes to myself: Don’t look away from anything magical. Someone else will have the photo to share with you!