Moving as One

Migrating Canada geese You know why, when geese fly in V formation ...


When we feel the presence and support of others moving beside us, we can accomplish so much more.



When birds migrate, they progress steadily across the horizon in a solid V formation.

As they fly forward in this aerodynamic V, it reduces air resistance for the whole flock, and as their wings move in harmony, the birds cover much more ground together, than they would as individuals. And when the bird at the front gets tired, it moves to the rear of the formation, where the wind drag is lowest and a more rested bird takes its place.

This synchronized harmony in all birds, actually requires great skill and precision. As a bird flaps, a rotating vortex of air rolls off each of its wingtips. These vortices mean that the air immediately behind the bird, gets constantly pushed downwards (downwash), and the air off to the sides gets pushed upwards (upwash).

This is a beautiful reflection of oneness and the intelligence of Mother Nature!

And so, as we learn to live with Covid around the world, the one lesson that keeps arising for each of us, is our ability to work together, rather than individually.

When I don’t respect my body or my space, then I don’t respect your body or your space.  When I don’t consider my thoughts or my actions, then I don’t consider your thoughts or actions.

What we learn from this V formation, is how effective living in harmony with others is, and how it takes far less energy, working together than alone.

And when our actions and our decisions always consider another; we can trust that others will consider and support us when we need it.

(Post Inspired by Madisyn Taylor)

12 thoughts on “Moving as One

  1. Such wisdom here, Karen. Feel like I should send this post out as a PSA across the US. β€œLet’s work TOGETHER!” Sigh…. Stay safe.l.πŸ’•

    1. I hear ya girlfriend! and I understand this post is not our reality around the globe. But as long as a few of us keep the faith and do our best. It will help. Stay safe too πŸ₯°πŸ’•

  2. The key is that the birds instinctively know they need to be team players to survive. Unfortunately, human ego often clouds that understanding on the ground. But we still must try.

    1. This is so true Ray. And I guess the decision to change or to consider others, will simply be based on how much suffering we are prepared to face in our life, and in those around us. πŸ™πŸ»

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