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, marched me outdoors. It does not matter what the temperature – winter or summer, out we went. (She did give me a break during a hurricane!)
I have enjoyed her sense of necessity as we went outside and sat in the emerging light of morning. We usually just sat and listened and noticed. Sometimes the feral cats came to greet us and the birds lined up in the trees waiting for me to put out the morning food. We sat for awhile until we were fully immersed in our experience of nature and the emerging day. When we had filled up with it we were 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 went outside with my cat, we shared the experience of bonding with our outdoor home. I have noticed that her attitude was different than mine. I often think of myself as being in nature. I get the sense that she saw herself and nature as one and the same. Nature was her greatest and most important connection. It was also her anchor. It was what is real to her so she did not get wrapped around the axle about the little things in life.
She had a sense of and connection with the universal energy 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 got to experience a deeper connection with the universe every day. I could 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?
Kelly has left me but her memory is one of my most cherished. Each morning I now still meet the feral cats for a morning greeting. I still feel the gift of these visits 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.