I have been thinking about how we often get in our own way and why it is so difficult to change that. How do we get so bogged down in minutia, problems, relationships, work, money problems?
Learning From Animals
Every morning my cat, Kelly, marches me outdoors. It does not matter what the temperature – winter or summer, out we go. (She does give me a break during a hurricane!)
I have enjoyed her sense of necessity as we go outside and sit in the emerging light of morning. We usually just sit and listen and notice. Sometimes the feral cats come to greet us and the birds line up in the trees waiting for me to put out the morning food. We sit for awhile until we are fully immersed in our experience of nature and the emerging day. When we have filled up with it we are ready to come inside and have some breakfast.
The Safety Of Primal Yumminess
It is pretty obvious that animals have a better attitude about life than most humans. I often have wondered why that is and where we humans have missed the boat. Animals do not seem to carry the baggage that we do or the neurotic agendas. Watch any animal and it is obvious that they recognize the dangers of life. Yet they have a fairly relaxed attitude about their daily experience.
Is it because they lack egos like humans? Is it because they are not as smart or perhaps because they are smarter than us? Perhaps they lack our industry? Or perhaps they know that they are not here just to work.
I have a different theory: animals are connected to the primal universe. It is their home and how they are able to feel safe in a challenging world.
Entering The Thereness That Never Goes Away
When I go outside with my cat, we share the experience of bonding with our outdoor home. I have noticed that her attitude is different than mine. I often think of myself as being in nature. I get the sense that she sees herself and nature as one and the same. Nature is her greatest and most important connection. It is also her anchor. It is what is real to her so she does not get wrapped around the axle about the little things in life.
She has a sense of and connection with Source that most of us can only dream of because we are all stuck in issues with the everyday details of life. I have always been impressed by her natural sense of priority. It is interesting how animals grow into their maturity much more easily than we humans do.
Some might call me crazy, but I am grateful to my cat. Thanks to her I get to experience a deeper connection with the universe every day. I can enter the thereness that never goes away and that’s before I have done my morning meditation. There is something wonderful about the experience of the thereness of the universe. I feel that when I enter the alive thereness, I am entering my own alive thereness and that is when all feels right with the world.
Embracing The Primal Yumminess
In finding the thereness that does not go away, I am also experiencing the primal yumminess of the arising of everything and the possibility of anything. I get to experience the eternal glue of creative energy that supports each breath. I also get to experience the benevolence of that energy and so I am able to find a source of hope separate from human cultural systems which are often disappointing.
Connection, safety, possibility, creativity, and hope. Did I leave anything out?
Each morning I feel that I am getting a gift and it feels good. If you have a cat (or dog), I recommend going outside in the morning and taking it all in. Drink in the primal yumminess. Embrace the comforting presence and see if your days feel better as a result.