We got a kitten about a month ago. She is so, so cute, and I'm going to need to keep myself reigned in and focused here to stay on point and not go on about the innumerable adorable and hilarious things she does throughout the day. Unless Me-ow-ditationbyKara could be a thing...? Ok, I'll think about that later. Anyway, the other day the kitten, River, was standing on my daughter's bed footboard. I was standing a couple of feet away but looking the other direction, when in an instant I was suddenly holding her. She had lept from the footboard to my side, and despite my attention and vision being focused in the other direction I managed to catch her. It was strange, because I noticed that my arm had instantly gone into position to catch her without my making any conscious motion to do so. There was some part of my physiology that understood what to do quicker than my conscious mind did.
I remember this happening only one other time in my life. I was a young teenager - around 14 - and I was having my picture taken with my cousin's daughter. She was only 2 or 3, and she was standing up on a tall platform/stage and I was standing on the floor. I was looking at the camera, and suddenly my arm crossed my body to catch the little girl, who at that moment had started to fall from the stage. I had no conscious knowledge that she was about to fall, and no one else had seemed to notice because I didn't hear anyone react. It wasn't until my arm went up to her and I felt the weight and resistance in my arm that I realized she was falling.
I am not sure how to account for these episodes. It is accepted knowledge that humans operate at different levels of consciousness, and although we may only notice part of every moment some parts of us are taking everything in. People have been known to be hypnotized and be able to pick up on things they did not consciously observe when they happened (for instance, being able to read a license plate number from a crime). Perhaps although I didn't consciously understand I would need to catch someone in each of these moments, some part of another sense I wasn't focusing on was tuned in. Or, maybe because we are all interconnected, a part of me knew what was about to happen and could react before "the little I" did.
So back to River, the kitten. Regardless of what I did or didn't understand about her leap, she made the choice to jump onto me, even though I wasn't watching her or ready to catch her. She decided to just go for it and trusted that I would take care of the rest (me, and her claws!). I think there is a great lesson in there for all of us. Every turning point we have faced in our lives has required us to take that leap. Things may not be set up perfectly for us to move or take that job or go on that date or choose that university or pop the question or try that hobby. We can think it through over and over, but at some point we just have to give it a try with our best effort and see how it feels when we land. And, we can remember that we are never alone on our leaps. We are surrounded in divine energy that we can tune into for support, and if we aren't comfortable with that then we can lean on the support of beloved friends and family to help us find our feet as we transition through new journeys.
Let us all be not afraid to take those leaps. They are all leaps of faith, as we trust we will be safely caught on the other side.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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