Today I saw a golden eagle. It was amazing. I had just dropped my son off at school. I like to gather my thoughts and detour through the old naval base on the way to work.
I was driving through a deserted area, when off to my left, I saw a bird rise up from the ground carrying a small stick. I thought it was a raven, at first, then realized it wasn't black, and it was too big. It flew along next to me, about 50 feet away, for a few hundred feet, so I had time to really look at it.
I then thought it was a hawk, but it wasn't the right color. It pulled a little ahead of me, and I did a double-take because I could see how huge its wing-span was. Like heron-sized. But it was hawk or raven-shaped.
Eventually it flew to one of the moth-balled ships and disappeared. What an incredible way to start my day! Greeted by one of the stongest and fastest birds on Earth.
As if my day hadn't been amazing already. This bath/meditation thing was a genius idea.
I love taking baths, but the one in my apartment isn't shaped comfortably to lean back and soak, so I haven't been using it. But it is perfect for sitting crossed-legged, waist-deep in warm fragrant water. I kept the bathroom dark, and used light from the vanity area next door to create a perfect calm, warm and nurturing (that's the best way to decribe it) space for me to meditate.
I had a candle burning, and the faucet quietly pouring a small stream of water in. It was humid and serene. A perfect environment for the intense meditation that followed. I'll tell you about it sometime.
My new morning routine.
I didn't have the kids tonight; which is very rare, so after work I went up to see the horses. I brushed both of them, hung out, closed up the barn and didn't get home until almost 11.
Today was a beautiful day filled with moments of grace and joy. I'm doing something right. Maybe even a lot of things.