About Bird Mejia
When I was young, I was often sad, often angry. I didn’t feel joyful; it was often even hard for me to laugh. I didn’t know how to love myself, so in my early twenties when I had my first love relationships, I wrapped my center around them, hoping to fill my void (though of course I didn’t know I was doing this). Inevitably, it always ended in heartbreak.
Desperately, I searched for an older, wise woman to guide me. Once I heard an older woman speaking at a workshop, and afterwards I approached her and started crying. I was broken inside, and I needed guidance. At about that time, I heard Seal’s song “Crazy”: “In a world full of people, only some want to fly – Isn’t that crazy?!” I knew I wanted to be one of those people who flies. But I didn’t know how.
I kept searching for that older, wise woman. But I never found her. At some point, I decided I would become her and help others who needed her. What I didn’t know is that it would take years of painful relationships and heartbreak. What I didn’t know is that our first eight years we download information from our environment that becomes subconscious patterns that rule 95% of our lives. So I kept repeating my patterns. They were painful ones.
Finally, I embarked on a spiritual journey that turned into a self-healing journey. It gave me the courage and awareness to end a toxic relationship that was slowly sucking the life out of me. It taught me how to grow my wings. It taught me how to fly.
I became a certified Naam Yoga instructor, a Harmonyum Healing and Gendai Reiki Ho practitioner, and a certified Chakra Energy Healer. I had earned two Master’s degrees in earlier years, an MFA in Creative Writing and an MLS in Youth Librarianship, as well as extensive graduate work in psychotherapy, but it was this training in the healing arts that transformed my life. I made it a daily practice to do the sound mediation, breathwork, and yoga hand postures I had learned. I finally embraced my intuitive gifts, and they grew stronger.
My intuition told me clearly that I was supposed to reach others through photos and video. Problem was that most of my life I hated being photographed and I was terrified of being on camera. It was one of my greatest fears – one I had since a child. So I followed the advice of a Native American proverb: Along life’s journey you’ll come to great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think. I was soooo scared, but I jumped. And here I am today. . . and you are reading this right now because I followed that silent, persistent voice inside of me – that voice that is also leading you somewhere.
Finally, a few things about me. I am a writer and a poet. I have won awards for my writing, and I have my own book, Wild Woman at My Door (on Amazon – link under the “Services” tab). I have been published in nationally-acclaimed literary journals like Calyx, Willow Springs and Inkwell. I have taught writing classes to people around the world for many years. I am a mother. I LOVE being a mother. When I was a child, I wanted to be a dancer, but I was afraid – so now I finally dance again. I love nature. I love birds. My favorite birds are cardinals and loons because I love their beautiful calls. (If you have never heard a loon before, YouTube it – it’s amazing. . . or better yet, go on a journey to Northern Minnesota, U.S.A. and experience it yourself). I love summer desert nights. I grew up in a state with a lot of snow, and though I don’t care to live in the cold, I do love the beautiful silence of walking on a frozen lake right after it snows. . . the way the new snowflakes sparkle in the sun and the silent beauty stills my heart. I love good food, and I love being vegan. I love to run in nature (I self-trained for a marathon when I was 23, and it was a huge achievement because until I was 18, I couldn’t even run a block and I was always the very worst athlete in school). I love yoga and swimming and water and trees and searching for North Superior agates and reading and painting and musicals and jazz and music of all kinds and spending time with my daughter and our silly dog Baby who whines when we don’t give him enough attention and cooking and homemade vegan pies and tamales and art shows and laughter and being silly and always learning new things that make me grow and give me deeper understanding and Star Wars and The Matrix and multicultural children’s picture books and sooo many other things. . .
AND I am finally flying. . . and I hope you fly with me, too!