I’d like to share with you an experience I find inspiring and amazing. I am continually thrilled at the plethora of creatures that meander through my backyard. We live on Santa Rosa Creek, and therefore our yard has become a traffic pattern of cats, deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, wild turkeys, bitterns, egrets, robins, butterflies, and many more. These tame creatures often allow us to stand just feet away from them.
But none has captured my attention as much as this one red dragonfly who, I’ve discovered, loves music. I was sitting outside after lunch one day, playing my Native American flute, when a bright red dragonfly hovered in front of me and appeared to be listening. Whenever I stopped playing, he/she would zoom right in front of my face, as if to ask for more. This went on for half an hour.
Even more remarkable, the dragonfly returns to the same place in my yard each day at the same time–just after lunch–waiting for a concert. If I don’t have my flute in hand, the dragonfly is just as happy with flute music played from my laptop. He/she will fly or sit close by and enjoy, sometimes even lighting on my finger. Perhaps any music will do. Maybe the dragonfly would just as easily enjoy Metallica. I haven’t tried it. The flute feels right for now.
We talk so much about universal energy in my classes–how everything is vibration and all is one. When I sit with the music and the dragonfly, I feel warm and connected. It reminds me that I am the dragonfly and the music, and they are me.
So this summer, I invite you to “tune in” to the spectacular wonders of nature that may be waiting for you in your backyard. We simply have to stop and notice.
My Red Dragonfly allowed me to video it sitting on my hand and petting it. Amazing!