NorthStar Pet: Abbie's Morning Sun


Sleek sky of cobalt blue;
Water like nectar satisfies deeply.
Air sweeter than the best perfume.
Sunlight warms a grateful cat.

Look at a cat as she stretches out contentedly in the sun. There is no thought of the next moment, only the sheer enjoyment of the present. Rest assured that she will still be able to clean herself, still be able to catch mice, and still be able to do all the things that a cat must do. But she is without anxieties and so she is purely and totally who she should be. She acts as if she were nature's favorite. And, who is to say otherwise?

From 365 Tao Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao
©1992 by Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisco