Hummingbird Myths and Stories and the Power of Presence
I delight in finding a story from decades past that speaks of the strength and determination of the hummingbird. These tiny birds are warriors who will defend what is within their territory. There are many hummingbird myths and stories, stories of the power of presence which delight us and create a bridge that the soul longs to travel.
Excerpt from The Writings of James Russell Lowell
“With shame I confess it, I have been bullied even by a hummingbird. This spring, as I was cleansing a pear-tree of its lichens, one of these little zigzagging blurs came purring toward me, couching his long bill like a lance, his throat sparkling with angry fire, to warn me off from a Missouri-currant whose honey he was sipping. And many a time he has driven me out of a flower-bed. This summer, by the way, a pair of these winged emeralds fastened their mossy acorn-cup upon a bough of the same elm which the orioles had enlivened the year before. We watched all their proceedings from the window through an opera-glass, and saw their two nestlings grow from black needles with a tuft of down at the lower end, till they whirled away on their first short experimental flights. They became strong of wing in a surprisingly short time, and I never saw them or the male bird after, though the female was regular as usual in her visits to our petunias and verbenas.”
The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, 1900 – Page 210.
The Power of Presence
The interactions with the hummingbirds is intentional and determined. They dedicate themselves to surveying their territories, challenging or hiding from their threats, and defending and embracing what they treasure. The flowers may hold the nectar of nature, but we hold the nectar of the soul. The hummingbird recognizes what is within its reach. Are we receptive to this mutually beneficial exchange?
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