Walking our dog this morning we came around the curve in the path and were delighted to see the neighbour pushing a stroller with small child sitting up in it, her daughter and another little boy. (As it is school holidays at the moment the seaside village fills up with more children, dogs, extra cars, surfboards and the sound of children’s laughter. )
Our neighbour explained that she was giving her sister In- law some extra time in bed. Her little girl introduced herself and said “My name is Georgia and there are many Georgia’s at my school.” The little boy introduced himself and explain that he was Georgia’s cousin. He then reached for her hand. These two delightful little ones stood side by side in the morning light. I was immediately struck by the sense of connection. His simple gesture had made us all smile, and brought us all closer together.
The children were interested in the name of our dog and were telling us how yesterday they had visited A cheesemaking shop, and they were able to pat the calves. The openness of these children enabled all present to make a connection.
This is the process of meditation to once more go back to our child like innocent state. To make the connection: once more with the depth within- beyond time and space.
This morning we shared in the joy of small children, and their innocence and openness. The patience of our dog as these little people tentatively reached out to pat him, stepping back when his wet nose met their faces. And yet they were open enough to the moment,to their connection their awareness and their openness to all-around was delightful embracing and magical.
As James Redfield author of the Celestine Prophecy and the Tenth Insight tells us
” Each species presents a different message as the creatures linger, revealing themselves,. If we watch carefully and spiritually, identifying with their movement and focus, we can remember an aspect of ourselves long forgotten. We suddenly sense new abilities of perception, discernment- an approach to life that we need, miraculously, at this very point in our life’s journey.” as our dog is around all day I sometimes fall into the trap of seeing only the negative aspects . He has a very loud bark, he needs a bath etc. He continues
“The appearance of these creatures is a reminder of who are, of the consciousness we have known and lost and are ready to embrace again. We have only to protect the wilderness and then to enter it sacred world with alertness and respect. There the truth of how to approach our lives, how to handle any situation, will come to us-A gift from the animals.”
And I will add the gift of children and their deep sense of connection. The meditation of living in each moment. As the Fellow says “They are open.”
“The things that we preceive as beautiful may be different, but the actual characteristics we ascribe to beautiful objects are similar. Think about it. When something strikes us as beautiful, it displays more presence and sharpness of shape and vividness of color, doesn’t it? It stands out. It shines. It seems almost iridescent compared to the dullness of other objects less attractive.”
― James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy http://www.goodreads.com