Working with Owls: Balancing Being and Doing

You might remember my trip to The Owl Cafe Asakusa in Japan this time last year, or my love for owls.

January 2017, I began volunteering in the Birds of Prey Program at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. It has been one of the most beautiful projects I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of.

Here’s what I’ve learned thus far:

We spend so much of our lives trying to fill a void.
We’re afraid of silence.
Afraid of being alone.
Afraid of nothingness.

We’re especially afraid of not being enough for another person.

All these fears cause anxiety, sadness, and overwhelm.

So what do we do?
We fill our days with tasks.
We fill our days doing so that we don’t ever have to confront ourselves.

Working in and with nature causes you to be present, to observe, and to just be.
It really reminds you of who you are at your core.
To go with the flow and trust that you’re okay.
That you’re enough.

Balancing being and doing.
That’s really where the magic is.

Find ways which you can add more silence and more nature into your life.
Go out into the world and see how you can help the world through your passions and your interests.
What you’ll find may surprise you.




 

 

MY OBSESSION WITH OWLS

For quite some time I have been obsessed with owls; they have a lot of personal and symbolic meaning to me. I would definitely say they are my spirit animal.

Because they are so sentimental to me I feel like I see them everywhere. I own a lot of jewelry, clothing and decorative items with owls on them.

I love that something so simple can have such a deep connection to the way I feel.

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I wonder, do you have any random obsessions?!

xx,

Olivia

// all photography by Olivia //