the happiness of the universe

Charlie the magpie
Charlie the magpie

For the past few weeks, our family has been engrossed in the activities of a small family of magpies nesting high in a gum tree in our backyard. The parents have swooped Bob the dog mercilessly, but have tolerated our interest in them without much concern. We’ve sat outside for meals to watch them, enjoyed the squawking of feeding time, and followed the movements and progress of the babies as they learn to fly. Late on Saturday afternoon, we were horrified to find one of ‘our’ babies on the ground, clearly injured but still breathing. With all of the adults birds guarding the baby from the tree, it felt completely intrusive to be taking him, but it was obvious he had done major damage to a wing and needed help. It wasn’t long before baby maggie, since called Charlie, was wrapped in a towel inside a shoe box and on his way to a native animal rescue centre to be assessed for damage.

Our connection with this little magpie family has been so joyful and entertaining. For just a brief moment in time, it has felt like we have had an extended feathered family. Our interest and our nurturing instincts have been piqued by our mostly airborne neighbours.

We are all connected.

I meditated this morning to the dulcet tones of my good friend Deepak, and with his parting words he left me with this centreing thought, which has stuck in my head all day, for lots of reasons, but just a little bit for Charlie.

My happiness is the happiness of the universe.

It’s a beautiful thought, and a perfect way to exist in this universe. In a completely symbiotic state of mutual happiness.

I am quite certain after listening to Deepak speak, that the depth of meaning of this statement is greater than anything I could even begin to imagine. But what comes to mind for me, is the simplicity of happiness and interconnectedness. When I smile, you smile back…generally. Laughter from one person infiltrates the emotions of others. Laughter in itself generates feelings of happiness. Being in nature can trigger happiness. Seeing a family of magpies in a tree can trigger it. Showing warmth and kindness to another generates deep happiness. Giving of yourself does the same. Children readily absorb and reflect the moods of those around them…we all do. The way we decide to reflect our mood to the world influences everything which happens to us. What a huge motivation to be happy!

It’s Sunday today, and I said a little prayer for baby maggie Charlie, hoping he’s OK. The rest of his family have been poking around outside all day, closer to the house than usual…looking for Charlie perhaps. He’s unlikely to be returned to the wild here. They are highly adaptive apparently, and will find new birds to hang with wherever they are, singing and spreading their birdy happiness everywhere. They do swoop a bit I know. They swoop to protect their kin from threat, sometimes for hair for their nests (according to my mother anyway). It is funny the way that when something penetrates your world, you notice it so much more. I’m seeing magpies everywhere, and I’m looking at them quite differently too…they really are quite lovely birds.

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20 thoughts on “the happiness of the universe

  1. Such a lovely post, Michelle. People react so angrily to birds swooping, yet they’re only doing what all parents do in protecting/defending their kids. Hope little Charlie makes it. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for all of your posts Mish. They really are inspiring and calming. You always seem to come up with the thing I need hear and reflect on at the right time. It really is lovely you can give back to your birds by rescuing Charlie!

  3. How lovely to have a family of birds to watch. I hope the little fella Charlie is ok. I absolutely adore nature in all its forms. You are right – there is a connectedness in being a part of natures circle that is centering, grounding and calming! xo

  4. Isn’t it awful to see a baby bird or any baby wildlife injured? I hope Charlie recoups. I’m not a fan of magpies because of their swooping nature but I indrstand they want to protect their young, I just don’t like them aiming for my head!

  5. This is lovely. Hope Charlie is off and flying soon. You are so right about our connection. I really believe we all share the same energy, all creatures (and us) great and small, and really appreciating this connection to all living things (and particularly each other) is the secret to happiness. X

  6. I’ve heard that leaving food out for Maggies helps them to see you as a non threat. We had a really aggressive one across the road a couple of years ago and I started leaving little bits of food out in the front yard. Surprisingly every time I walked past where the Maggies had their nest I was left alone. It still aggressively swooped anyone else though.

  7. My grandmother has a family of magpies at her house that she feeds chicken skin and mince to. They are great birds – come and knock their beaks on the kitchen window when its feeding time. I hope baby Charlie is saved and finds a new family. -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

  8. Really beautifully yet subtly powerful post Michelle. We are all connected and it is the little things like a smile or a walk in nature that can grow to strengthen the connection.

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