I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon over the past few years. When I’m outdoors in nice weather, within a few minutes I can almost guarantee that a bee or two or three will be buzzing around me. Sometimes I have to walk around my yard briskly just to keep them from landing on me. At the park, I usually attract them and apologize to my friends, saying, “Bees follow me around.” Last Sunday at yoga teacher training, we were sitting on the back porch eating our lunches when a bee showed up and started flying around me and everyone else at the table. I wasn’t surprised.
For a long time I thought it must be the essential oils I use. But even on days when I haven’t used any oils and haven’t washed my hair (there are essential oils in my shampoo and soap) recently, they still show up. I have a friend who doesn’t use essential oils much at all, but she is a bee magnet too. We were chatting about it a few weeks ago and concluded that the bees really seem to think we are flowers. We wondered if maybe it had something to do with the energy we were putting out… maybe we had flower energy or something?
So this morning I was sitting in the backyard, trying to read a book while I soaked up my daily dose of vitamin d, and this bee would not leave me alone. I even tried coming inside for a few minutes, hoping it would wander away, but within a minute or two of going back out, there it was again, as determined as ever. That’s when I came inside and asked Google: “How do bees find flowers?”