Maria-Hélèna Pacelli

Life with sadhana

A little over three years ago, I adopted a sweet kitten and welcomed this new love into my life. I was reluctant to take on the care of another pet but when I found that there were mice on my little farm apartment (which was a converted barn), I decided I needed a mouser.

I was a bit unsure of this little creature and wanted to find a pet I would love, not just have as a convenient household ecosystem contributor. I went off to meet this kitten and couldn’t stop thinking about him. What wasn’t necessarily love at first sight, was love as I left him out of my sight and wanted to see the little critter again.

The most remarkable thing was that once I welcomed him into my home he began waking me in the early morning, calling me to meditate and in other ways earned his name and his keep as a daily practice.

The secrets of the universe are revealed to us in the infitissimal whispers of the day break and this little kitten whispered them to me in Rumi’s poetic words:

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
~ Rumi

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