New Year’s Wisdom

photo_2I’m running a little behind this year in setting my goals and intentions and doing some creative planning for 2015. Here we are, more than two thirds of the way through January and I still haven’t finished my “resolutions” yet.   (On the plus side, that means I haven’t broken any yet either.) Somehow I get the feeling that I’m not alone, which is why I’m sharing this here.

So, naturally (being me), I decided to ask the cat. Rune can generally be trusted to offer a different perspective, help me see the important thing I’m missing. Her wisdom is so very grounded, common sense, and matter of fact.

When I asked her if there are things she wanted for us or for herself in this new cycle of our life together that has just begun, she was puzzled. “You mean this morning, when you got out of bed?”

Well no, not exactly, although I could certainly see how she would think that.  Just as Luna is my “nighty-night” kitty who says good night, blesses our bed space, and makes bedtimes special, Rune is the early riser who comes running in the morning when I finally drag myself to an upright position. She jumps on the bed, purring at full volume, greeting me and the start of a new day together.

Bigger than that. I tried to explain, imaging the larger cycles of season to season, dark-time to light-time. She was supremely indifferent. “But the sun rises every day. Why not just start there?”

I got her point. No matter how big the cycle you look at, you still have to live each and every day as it comes.  That means each and every day, is a chance to start fresh, to begin anew. Sure, we’ve all heard that before.  Maybe it takes a cat’s nonchalant, casual acceptance to bring it home. There’s a quality of presence called for in that outlook that’s hard to deny. It calls for one to focus more on living each moment fully, even as we include in those moments our goals, intentions and plans for the future. We can celebrate even the largest of life’s cycles by honoring where we are right in this moment.  It is, after all, the culmination of all that has gone before and the jumping off point for all that is to come.

But there’s the matter of dreams. Dreams are something that cats know a great deal about.  It seems likely that I will be posting much more about that in the weeks and months to come.  Cats sleep, after all, 18 to 20 hours a day, spending much of that time immersed in an energy world that most humans can only dimly comprehend.  Even with all the glimpses I’ve received over the years, I didn’t think it through when I asked “What about your dreams?”

This question was met by blank incomprehension as I realized I’d made the mistake of confusing the human notion of dreams as something desired but not yet manifest in the world with a cat’s experience.

“Yes,” she responded.  “I’m enjoying my dreams today.”  In that non-verbal way that the essence of thought is transmitted from one being to another, I understood that Rune’s dreams are as much a treasured part of her experience as her meals, her playtime, the warm sun on her fur, or her interactions with me. Our distinction between “dream” and “reality” has no meaning to her.  It is all simply and equally part of that thing we call Life.

There’s such a richness of learning for me in this brief exchange with my wise cat.  As of this moment, my “plan” for 2015 is to make a new beginning each day, honoring all my experiences, including my dreams and desires – both those which are already manifest, and those still in the process of becoming — as that which adds spice and savor to the process of life.

If that should prove tricky, I will remember to ask the cat.

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