Going With The Flow

I was flying my hawk yesterday. Watching her swoop down in the evening half-light is like a dream.

Sat is a Harris Hawk, majestic and strong. After lovingly raising and training her, she knows to come when I call; I am her source of food and protection. I let her go, then I whistle for her to return. Yesterday, as she was about to take off on her journey back to the glove, a strong wind came up between us. She’s hungry; she wants to fly to the glove, but the wind is very strong. I watched, as Sat took off into the air, her focus never straying from the glove. The wind takes her right off in the opposite direction, but to my surprise, she doesn’t fight against it. She just goes with the wind. She never loses sight of her goal, but she doesn’t have an attachment to how she’s going to get there. She’s willing to flow. She soars majestically with the current, riding the ever-shifting breeze. She waits calmly for the wind to change, and when it does, she returns to me, and claims her prize.

Isha with Sat

This scene struck me as a perfect illustration of the wisdom of nature. Nature flows. As humans, we have lost this ability. We cling to the idea of what we want, and fight against the current of life, because our ideas are so rigid that we’re not open to let go. No wonder we’re not always in joy, not always in peace; we’re fighting against our present reality.

We all have wings, but if we fight against the wind, we cannot fly. We can’t experience the full magnitude of who we are. We all have unlimited potential, but when we cling to our fears and limitations, we’re not open to experience life in its fullness. Life is an experience. That’s all it is. Embrace your human experience, in all its colors, in all its complexities; in its ever-changing currents. The more you flow, and choose for the joy that is present in every moment, the greater your creation will be. Choose for love, and you will find the true majesty of self.

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at www.whywalkwhenyoucanfly.com.


Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freeman7 years ago

A special sharing on surrender and flowing. Thank you.

Terica L.
Terica L8 years ago

Loved the pictures, I have a red tail that has been visiting me . I feel very honored to have him drop by my yard .

Sheila Sayer
Sheila Sayer8 years ago

What a wonder-full story about Sat. Trust the bird (animal et al) kingdom to show us the way:)

Water is an edgeless universe...thanks for the poem Noel

Jayme G.
Jayme G8 years ago

I like what you had to say, but there is something wrong with owning a hawk, a wild animals who appears not to be injure and cannot fly or hunt for himself...I feel that like all wild animals, we do not own them, they belong in the wild.

Noel M.
Noel M.8 years ago


as water is,
without friction.

Flow around the edges
of those within your path.
Surround within your ever-moving depths
those who come to rest there—
enfold them, while never for a moment holding on.

Accept whatever distance
others are moved within your flow.
Be with them gently
as far as they allow your strength to take them,
and fill with your own being
the remaining space when they are left behind.

When dropping down life's rapids,
froth and bubble into fragments if you must,
knowing that the one of you now many
will just as many times be one again.

And when you've gone as far as you can go,
quietly await your next beginning.
~Noel McInnis

Ygraine Pendragon
Ellen Polley8 years ago

I wrote a poem back in 2000, which echoes your experience with your hawk. My is dedicated to a falcon, but describes that wonderful relationship in an eerily similar way :)

Joyce Sinders
Joyce S8 years ago

Oh my... just what i needed! Just when life was getting me down, i now see it was i that was fighting it. Thank you so much,i will strive to be like Sat.

Sandy S.
Sandy S8 years ago

This is a wonderful article. Sat was not rigid. She knew just what she wanted. I meet people who fight against who they want to be. Life is an experience and I will live it to the fullest. I will send this article to people I think would enjoy and benefit from it. Thank you Isha for your insight.

Barbara K.
.8 years ago

Incredible article!! How wonderful it is to truly bond with another species as clearly you have. I once had a hawk (rescue) and after we released the hawk where I boarded my daughter's horse he (?-not sure of gender) elected to stay there. (We had kept him in one of the large stalls, making him a perch with an old tree branch.) He found an old hollowed out tree near one of the ponds and made that his home. Every day he could be seen in flight, surveying his domain. He always watched me when I was out with the horse, feeding and grooming him.

One morning I had what had to be a real 'zen' moment. As I was standing in the pasture brushing my horse, I heard the hawk 'whistle' out as he flew in my direction. When I looked up, he swooped down closely--screeching as if to say, "look Ma." In his talons, held tightly, was his 'catch' of the day. A huge snake. What's a 'ma' to do, but cry out, "don't you drop that snake on me . . ." Thankfully, he had a good grip and glided on toward his perch in the old tree.

To the best of my knowledge he lived out his life there. And no doubt doing his part to rid the area of rodents and other undesirables. I am still amazed at his trust--I used to hand feed him raw fish (bought at the local market). We had friends looking for 'fresh' road kills in the way of rabbit or squirrel.

Some years prior I had a rescue fox kit . . .but that's a whole other story.