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Top Tip number 18

March 14, 2013
English: Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Crai...

English: Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Craigleith, Edinburgh When the RSPB annual garden birds survey began 30 years ago, Goldfinches were a rare sight in suburban gardens, but the provision of food, especially Niger seed, attracted them in, and in 2009 the species was one of the top 10 garden birds in Britain, for the first time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(first published on Be Calm Feel Alive in January)

Top tip 18 helps connect you with the outside world and breathe for a while away from any suffocating thoughts, people and habits. Take notice of the world around you. Check out the beauty of the natural world. You don’t need to spend a day in the country, there is likely to be a whole world of activity outside your window in your garden. Even if you live in a flat there are probably birds to be seen nestling on opposite roofs or alighting on your window sill. And there are always local parks and patches of greenery. Guaranteed to make you feel more relaxed just by spending some time focusing on the details there.

Here’s a way to connect to nature and to thousands of your neighbours and those in other communities, all doing the same activity at the same time. I decided to sign up earlier today as I saw some beautiful little birds that I think were goldfinches balancing gracefully on some seed-laden weeds in my garden. When they fluttered they delighted with a yellow haze from their expanded wings. Lovely.

If you sign up for the birdwatch I’ll look forward to being part of something exciting right along with you.

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