Monday, October 19, 2015

Lessons From Lucy & Friends

How Cats Meditate


It is a chilly morning. The first freeze of the season and my kitty Rudy is on my lap acting like a warm heating pad, as I get ready to do my morning meditation. The moment I was going to begin the meditation I had the thought or feeling come into my mind that led me to ask Rudy how it is that cats and all felines seem to be able to go into deep meditation while staying very alert and present? 

He immediately shifted his body in my lap and placed all four of his paws/feet on my lower belly or hara/tanden. That part of his message was crystal clear to me, keep your feet on the ground and be fully connected to the earth energy. He actually shared that it is much more powerful to have all 4 feet on the ground! At that moment the bottoms of my feet became very warm as well as both of my hands. 

The answer to my question about how kitties are able to stay alert while in what appears to be very deep meditation was easily experienced but more difficult to put into words. The best I can say is the feeling seemed to be somewhere just before one falls asleep. It was a very relaxed feeling while at the same time allowing one to be fully aware and present. He physically showed me his ears. They were up, allowing him to be completely aware of what was taking place around him in all directions. 

The lesson from Rudy as to how felines are able to be fully present while in a meditative state is to have all feet on the ground and to keep your ears open. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Morning Chatter: Hummingbird

The Morning Chatter: Hummingbird

A few days ago I was standing just outside my back porch looking up at the sky and treetops when I heard a buzz near my left ear. I felt the air moving slightly around my head. It happened very fast and kind of made me feel as if my head was slightly vibrating. I turned to my left and saw a hummingbird right next to me completely absorbed in a lovely purple blossom on a butterfly bush. I could hardly breathe or move. I had never been that close to such a lovely and magical being before. In that moment I moved my hand as slowly as possible to pull my iPhone out of my right pants pocket attempting to capture the moment in a photo or even better a video. In some ways I hated moving. Each slow and gentle movement slightly distracted me from the experience of being in the energy of this wonderful soul. 

"They" say that hummingbirds and dragonflies can move between realms. I don't know if this is true or not. I will leave that up to you but I do know that they are magical to me. 

I hope you enjoy this short moment with a hummingbird.

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