Have you ever dreamed that you could see in the dark? As if everything were faintly luminous? Dreamed that you were small and powerful with a body so lithe and agile that you could dance in moonlight like a wraith?
Have you ever wakened from a dream like that and found a cat beside you, paws twitching on the blanket and her breath coming fast?
Did you wonder whose dream that really was?
When a cat wakes and looks at you with a question in her eyes, do you wonder what she is asking? Do you wonder if she wants to know what you heard, what you’re thinking, dreaming?
Do you ever wonder if all around you everything understands something — except you? Is there is a web of communication between all things—cats, trees, slugs, coyotes, stars? Do you ever wonder if we humans have fallen out of that net somehow? Dreaming that we are better, smarter, more important because we are too headblind and deaf to hear, to see what everything else knows? And we, sleepwalking in our dreams of superiority, blundering around destroying, trampling, wrecking that scintillating, intricate web of life?
Have you forgotten everything? Do you wonder what the cat knows? Is there any way at all to get out of your own head? And into the bigger world outside?
Guess what? There is a path — several paths. Meditation is one of the best ways to begin.
Shambala Basic Meditation Instructions This one also has a link to a helpful video.
And a meditative exercise applicable to daily life:
Meditating While You Work by Jessica Macbeth
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