The Hummingbird Whisperer

Social media is as much of a wonder as it is wicked. Many of us get sucked into the vortex of attention grabbing yet awareness-sucking online activity via Twitter, Tik-Tok, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and more. Occasionally, we make valuable connections, experience meaningful insights, and learn new things. One thing that held my attention on Twitter (@animal0lovers Nature and Animals) recently was what I dubbed The Hummingbird Whisperer.

I have always found hummingbirds fascinating though never spent any time seeking to learn more about them. I remember attempting a slo-mo video with my IPhone some time ago, to capture my own footage of what a hummingbird looks like in slow motion. And, as I write this blog post, themes of attention, capturing moments, slowing down, awareness, curiosity, and the like all come to mind. Perhaps a message here is that when something captures one’s attention, we can allow it to be a reminder or a cue to slow down a little and observe what is happening in the moment, inside and in the world around us.

This brings up the tendency there is to find meaning in things that present themselves in our day to day that seem curious, novel, or that offer a moment of pause to reflect. Often, when I see an animal in an unexpected way during the day, I will look up the meaning at Here is what I found for hummingbird:

“Hummingbird symbolism is reminding you that it is time for you to pursue your dreams more aggressively. By doing this, you will make them a reality. In other words, this spirit animal portends that joy is just around the corner. Therefore, like the colorful Jewel Beetle, you have to believe that it is possible to manifest your dreams now. Stop waiting and go for it! Alternatively, Hummingbird meaning is letting you know that you can go anywhere you need to go. The only obstacle in your way is yourself. Furthermore, opportunities are manifesting quickly for you right now. Thus like the Heron, Hummingbird symbolism prompts you to seize them as fast as possible before they are gone.”

Published by Dr. Rick Barnett

Licensed Clinical Psychologist-Doctorate, Addiction/Recovery Specialist, among other things...

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