Week two is settling in for me and as such, my meditation seems to be coming around, too. I was a little worried at the beginning of the challenge because I’d been quite remiss about keeping a consistent practice and the first few days I felt like I’d just gotten back on a unicycle after many years away. I felt wobbly, off kilter, a little afraid and slightly self-conscience. But now the pups settle in on the couch next to me and our ancient, grand kitty wanders around the kitchen waiting patiently for me to finish. There is less anxiety for everyone, including me.
I have written before about meditating with animals but it really is fascinating to me how much respect they show to my practice. Whether or not they ‘know’ what I’m doing, I sense they ‘understand’ that I’m doing my best to be present for the few minutes I sit near them. The younger of two, Bella occasionally jumps in my lap and licks every finger for good measure. She then usually joins her sister Lucy on the couch, curling up in front of her older sister. Lucy rests her head on Bella’s back. They lie quietly, waiting for the timer to chime.
These are the moments that I cherish. They are not the only moments, but they are the first to grace my day. I am a very lucky woman.