“Now we had two invisible intruders. Because one wasn’t hard enough.”Ilona Andrews
I’d like to be able to tell you that this morning was peaceful, and that my meditation ended with feelings of calm and deep comfort.
I’d like to tell you that.
Instead I will tell you what really happened!
I was meditating, sitting on cushions on the lounge room floor in front of the fireplace (it’s winter in Australia). It was about five am and I was halfway through my practice. The dogs were asleep on my side of the bed. Until they weren’t. Abruptly I was brought out of meditation by both dogs standing beside me.Well, on top of me actually. They were barking loudly and growling – their hackles up. Don’t worry, they seemed to say. We’ll protect you, Mum.
Protect me from what? A possum. There was a possum above us inside the roof, moving closer to the fireplace to find a snug spot to nestle down and sleep through the day.
How dare that possum be in OUR roof!
After I stood up, the dogs patrolled the room, directing their frenzied barking at the ceiling. The cows, hearing our dogs in distress, started mooing loudly too.
I finally shut the dogs up by feeding them biscuits. The cows settled. We heard the funny sound of the possum’s leg banging on the ceiling as he scratched himself vigorously. We sat back down in front of the fire, and I tried to return to meditation, the dogs beside me, their heads resting on my knees.
In the quiet we heard another sound. Slide. Bump. Slide bump bump. Slide bump bump bump. The scratching stopped as the possum listened too. I knew immediately what the sound was – or rather, who. Cedric, the giant carpet snake who lives in the rafters.
The possum screamed. Yep, genuinely screamed. The dogs started barking again. The possum ran back to the hole he’d found so he could escape. The dogs went nuts. The cows mooed. The possum screamed. Slide bump bump. Slide bump bump.
The possum made it out and landed with a thump in the tree outside my kitchen window. The snake moved across the ceiling and made himself comfortable near the chimney flue.
Everyone settled back down.
I gave up on finishing my meditation. Sometimes things just don’t go to plan. Still I’ll bet Mr Possum doesn’t try sleeping in our roof again tonight!
I’m off to make a cup of tea now. Wishing you a fantastic week, wherever you are. I hope that, like the possum, luck’s on your side, or, like Cedric the snake, you get the cosy spot by the fireplace and feel comfortable and powerful in your own skin. Much love, Nicole xx
PS – A friendly reminder about the Colour and Cuppa Gathering
Our theme this week is ‘Circles’. We’ll be talking about circles and orbs in their different forms as spiritual and energetic symbols, and as a tool for meditation and energy work. We’ll also be talking about relationship circles and circles as cycles in our lives, and the energies that ripple out from us or to us in circles.
The ‘Circles – Colour and Cuppa’ gathering will be at 4.00pm Brisbane time today – Tuesday 21 July (which may be July 20 where you live). We hold these sessions every fortnight. To support people in other time zones we are scheduling these live events at various times throughout the year so you can find one that works for you. It’s completely free to join us, and we’ll be holding this gathering via Zoom. All of the details and the link will be in our Facebook Group, The Journeymakers, prior to the event.
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