Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Soulful Voyage

Darkness was creeping fast throughout the Sanctuary. It was the last Friday of the month, and the cats knew it was time for another Night Tour. Saving their energy through the day, they were ready to come out and play. Different shapes and sizes, and big eyes that glowed red or yellow could be seen from a distance. Roars and meows followed the group as they made their way to Tiger Lane.

This night was special because one of the tigers was saving a treat for the tour. Bengali's life journey was being shared with the group, when out of nowhere, he started to lead them to his favorite place. All eyes followed his huge body until at last he stopped and slowly put one gigantic paw into his pool of water. The other one followed as he gently eased his body into the water. Crooking his neck back to view the group, he let out a huge "chuff" and allowed his head to return viewing the front of his Cat-A-Tat.

Bengali communicated a very important message to the group. As the seasons change, all life starts to withdraw for the winter. Animals know this is a natural way of BEING that will help them gain strength for the next leg of their life's journey. Bengali would like to share a bath-time visualization with you to help you feel the natural rhythms of the seasons. Draw yourself a bath and place a drop of lavender oil in the water. Let yourself soak and imagine you are a tiger looking for a place to rest. Enter a forest or some form of dense vegetation jungle. Silence is all around you. Let yourself nest in a place that is just right for you. Ask Bengali to join you as you both fall into the stillness of the Earth. Know these feelings are natural as you align with the harmony of nature. When you are ready, take a deep breath and sigh as you come back out of the forest or jungle, feeling refreshed and renewed. Thank Bengali for introducing you to a way animals meditate to help them renew their spirit and BE in the flow of life's rhythms.