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Peek-A-Boo: Finding the Sacred
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I sit here this morning typing this with a new companion in my lap. She is purring to me, gushing love. I say ‘gushing’ because I cannot express it any more clearly than that. I didn’t need another cat. I have two others who are my dearest friends and have been for years. Two dogs also own me. one owns my husband and the other found me as a puppy and has been my faithful friend for many years. To add to my household, I also share my life with three incredible horses, one in his twilight years (not the sparkly vampire kind) who as he grows older knows his time is now short on the ground he walks.
So here sits this bundle of love and I am reminded of how precious her life is, especially when she opens her eye and looks at me. Yes, her eye. Let me introduce her to you. This is Peek-A-Boo, a 6-8 month old orange kitten. She has long hair and a yellow-green eye. When you pick her up, you are assaulted with licks, vigorous purring, and snuggles that you can’t keep from smiling over. She runs around the house with her tail straight up except the top that she curls over and usually that’s all you see: an orange swifter tail as she plays. She’s brought some new energy to my house that makes for some interesting days around here.
Most of you reading this I’m sure can easily picture this scene that I have set. Most of us share our lives with animals and, if you don’t, I hope the description helps you to understand it a bit better. Perhaps you will understand what this incredible little cat had to go through to get to find a home with me. You see, “Boo” as we call her, was tortured.
Apparently some teenage boys decided that she would be a good candidate and literally poked her right eye out, along with cutting her up and various other nasty things. Then after torturing her, instead of killing her, they left her alive and took her to the nearest animal shelter covered in her blood and feces and told the people there that they “saw” some kids hurting her. Sadly, no charges were brought up on them.
Because of her injuries, Boo was slated for euthanasia because in an overcrowded shelter they simply cannot afford the surgery to help animals beyond spaying/neutering, vaccinations and finding homes, especially in today’s economy. A good friend of mine, a veterinarian who operates a pet rescue out of her own clinic, intervened. She agreed to take Boo and many others in the hope of helping them. Unfortunately, she too is plagued by the ‘too many animals and not enough money to go around’ problem. Thankfully, other than her eye missing, all of Boo’s other injuries have healed with no complications.
I was visiting the clinic one day and this little kitty literally jumped into my arms. I couldn’t say no. Even though I have my own stretched tight budget and my husband is not very keen on adding yet another animal to our lives, I reluctantly said yes to Boo. So here she sits, grateful for the chance to live. Right now we are fostering her in the hopes that the rescue can raise enough money to help with her damaged eye. She’s fine without it, trust me. Other than sometimes not seeing you from her right side, she is without hindrance, and is quite a clown to watch, too.
As she sits here purring and allowing me to type for a few minutes, I am reminded of what I was taught growing up about honoring the sacred in everything around us. This little one brings that into a sharp focus. In the world around us of today, with our computers, cell phones and asphalt, we forget the ground underneath is sacred and that every step taken is one taken on holy ground. We have covered up our mother, destroyed her face, and forgotten where we came from.
I was taught about the order of creation and that the plants and animals came before humans. We are the last order, the 4th order. The two-leggeds and the four-leggeds were created before us, therefore are the older and we are the younger. However we were also given the responsibility to care for our older brothers and sisters in whatever capacity we can. That is our mission. Everything has a place, and a reason for being put where it was, and I believe Boo was put into my path to remind me of these important lessons, because sometimes I forget them too.
We are all part of a cycle/circle, good or bad. The boys who removed her eye are what we would call bad medicine. They carry bad energy with them, and are not people you want to be around. Ever get that creepy feeling about someone? That’s bad medicine. People who do ‘bad medicine’ tend to collect bad energy around them, along with other bad people.
Now someone with good medicine is the exact opposite. They carry positive energy and sometimes you can just feel it radiate like sunrays. Those are people you just want to gravitate to, because they help you along your path, even if it just to be in your life.
So I ask you, the readers of this, to look at the world around you with different eyes today. Look at everything as sacred: the flowering dandelions in the yard, the bugs that have died on the windshield of your car, and even the animals that walk the road around and beside you. They are sacred, and you live on holy ground. Take a few minutes and be honored.
For if you do, you will find in yourself an inner peace that only comes with honoring the world around you. My human brothers and sisters of the Navajo tribe call it “Walking in Beauty”. This beauty is not the superficial kind, but the kind that means you are in balance with the world around you… and that makes you sacred too.
As for Boo, I think she has found her forever home here with my family both two legged and four legged. It will take a while for everyone to adjust, but in the end I am grateful for the responsibility of another four-legged in my life. I have a feeling she will be a great teacher to me, and I hope my heart will be open to the lessons she will bring to it.
Walk in Beauty and know you are sacred.
Lone Horse Woman
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