Wednesday, April 15, 2009

An Uncomplicated Heart

This is Mosi (pronounced moe-see), a.k.a., Mosito, Mosimo, Lion Queen of the Jungle, Crocodile (she has a funny walk), and Chakra Balancer. I have never owned a Feline, but she is the most intriguing and interesting animal that I have ever had.

She adopted us in Utah, a few minutes after we passed a bald eagle sitting on a fence 20 feet from us. Bald eagles have an amazing presence and in the Native tradition they represent spiritual power, healing, creation and feminine energy.

Eagle feathers are sacred to the Native Americans and since the eagle is protected by the U.S. Government, it is a felony for anyone to possess them who is not of Native American blood, unless given to them by a Native out of deep respect and gratitude.

My husband has two eagle feathers - one passed down to him by his father, which was given to him by a Chief of the Crow Nation. Another was given to him by a Medicine Woman, Charlie Maguire, who received it from her teacher, Grandmother Caroline, a Hopi Medicine Woman. We sometimes use the eagle feathers in sage-ing eachother, the house, or newly acquired objects to clear any bad ju-ju.

If an Eagle shows up in your life, the medicine that it brings (according to Animal Speak) is:

  • the need for creativity
  • a willingness to experience extremes in a safe environment to facilitate personal change
  • a willingness to use passions to purify and use your abilities even if it means being scorched a little
  • a willingness to seek out the true emotional aspects of oneself to rediscover the lost child and awaken a higher sense of purity, passion, creativity, healing, and spirituality.
The last reason is why Mosi adopted us.

We found Mosi, which is Navajo for Cat, in a small town crossing the road very slowly (Mosi doesn't 'do' quick). She had walked to the center line, turned around and came back into our lane. As we approached she faced us and sat down in front of our moving car. We screeched on the brakes and later concluded that she was probably saying, 'take me home or take me out of my misery!"

She was skin and bones. Snow was frozen to her paws and she had scratches on her face. When we gave her water, she drank for 40 minutes. It took her 3 days to go to the bathroom after feeding her tuna. She was ours.

I always keep a special place in my heart for animals and I think that is because, unlike humans, their hearts are uncomplicated. When I look at her I think, she is so wise, and she's probably thinking -- they have so much to learn!

Here's some of what she teaches us.

Slow down, forgive quickly, play and rest:
Mosi almost never moves quickly - except when a dog gets a little too close, then she smacks them and quickly forgets about it. Also, she occasionally is chased by an imaginary friend around the house, gets worn out and frazzled, and then takes a nap.

Get plenty of Vitamin D:
I often have to fight Mosi for the warm spots in the house on a cold day. On a lazy Saturday afternoon, she and I will both find the spots on the floor where the sun is shining and warm our stomachs.

Never judge your strength, power and presence by your size:
We often see Mosi as a Lynx or a Lion and that's probably because that's the way she sees herself. One time Clark was walking in the living room and he almost stepped on Mosi who was at his feet. She looked at him with the most perturbed expression as if to say, 'how could you have missed me doof - I'm 8 feet tall!'

Greet everyone who comes into your space:
There is not a Yoga class at our house in which Mosi doesn't come up to all the participants and give them a nod. She's even been known to run out to greet the mailman and a cyclist riding down our street.

Be respectful of others' personal space:
Before jumping up onto the bed, on the desk where I'm working, or on any space where I am, she always asks permission with a little meow and doesn't proceed until I've acknowledged her.

Thank you, Mosi.