Animals are spiritual masters.

11113578_10153739905625558_2818344133651181747_nAnimals are truly a reflection of the joy that is possible in the present moment. They live only for the love of now. They don’t worry about the future or fixate on the past. They are beautifully and simply in the moment. This makes them true teachers for us complicated and terrified human beings. Watch the pure joy of a kitten playing with string, a horse rolling in the grass, or a dog flopped on your lap with unconditional love and you will learn the most important lessons in life. Any Buddhist monk would agree that animals have this ‘joy’ thing down!

The poet Rumi reminds us, “Don’t go back to sleep.”

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
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-

Lost?

Lost?…Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger, must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. Lost? The forest knows where you are. You must let it find you. -David Wagoner

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Take a breath…Enjoy the present moment for it is fleeting.

In field and forest, and in the animal world sheltered therein, indeed in every garden, a reality is perceptible that is infinitely more real, older, deeper and more wondrous than everything made by people, and that will yet endure, when the inanimate, mechanical and concrete world again vanishes, becomes rusted and falls into ruin.” -Albert Hofmann