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Mindful : April 2014
Real Tweeting As yellow-rumped warblers flit from pine tree to pine tree, a clutch of Maine bird lovers, young and old, enjoy their trills, chirps, and lemon-colored flashes. It’s a crisp day in October, and the leaves are ablaze with oranges and reds. It’s Bowdoin College’s first mindfulness nature walk. Some would argue that letting the mind wander is part of the pleasure of traipsing in the woods. But others find that staying focused in the midst of the elements is even more rewarding. That’s why Bobby Carnicella, a staff clinician of Bowdoin Counseling Services, reached out to the college’s bird club and began organizing mindful nature walks. For spotting and identifying birds, mindfulness is even more helpful than a pair of binoculars. Yet it’s easy to let your mind stray from what you’re observing in the moment. “It’s difficult not to launch into a discussion of the birds we saw a week ago or the birds we’re hoping to see in the future,” Carnicella says. The key is simply coming back to what’s unfolding right now. Most birders think rare is best. But Ben West, founder of Bowdoin’s bird club, enjoys the “ordinary” birds he sees on the mindfulness nature walks. From his per- spective, it doesn’t matter whether you’re watching a common crow or an elusive Quetzal—if you’re truly paying attention, all avian behavior is fascinating. Mindful birding is accessible to any- one, anywhere. “Birds are ubiquitous,” says West. “You don’t have to go to a specific place to see them.” ● OVERHEARD “We can learn so much about the people all around us—even about the people we already know— just by taking the time to have a conversation.” Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps April 2014 mindful 11 Illustration by Gavin Potenza