I read this quote the other day and it struck me as very true. Not only that, but it applies to loving people with four furry paws, too.
Yes, my Peachy is a person. She is my person. And loving her brings not only joy but also healing and a deeper connection to life and to God.
I wrote about how Peachy Keen is a force of Love in the world – a Light Warrior. And I wrote about how Peachy is also a teacher of living life to the fullest. But this post is about my own internal meditations of love inspired by my little furry friend.
Every day and throughout the day, my heart focuses on Love. My heart, as the center of my being, resonates with the vibration of Love every time I look at Peachy. I internally meditate on Love every time I even think of Peachy, even as I sit at my desk at work. I also sit and close my eyes or gaze upon a picture on my altar in more “formal” meditation and I can absolutely feel how much more easily I can slip into a focus of loving God from all the time I have spent in my day loving Peachy.
You see, love is love. Love is love is love is God is love.
Just as I mentioned a couple of posts ago, if you are putting love into what you are doing, then you are in essence focusing on God – God is Love, so focusing on Love is focusing on God. The same is true for any form of love.
If I am loving Peachy, my heart is vibrating in a state of love. If I am loving Peachy, my heart and my body are in a state of positive resonance and I am moving in the direction of healing. If I am loving Peachy, my heart is open and I am open to receive love from life all around me and from God. If I am loving Peachy, I am lifting my consciousness up into the feeling of Love and that feeling of Love connects me directly to God.
A sweet friend of mine, who is leaving tomorrow to see his guru for the first time in 11 years, said last night that it doesn’t feel like it’s been 11 years because he has had his two sons and the love he feels for them is the same as the love he has for his guru, the love he has for God. My heart was really touched as he spoke this, because I could feel that continuum of love that is the wave and the ocean of God.
In fact, this is precisely why God sent us gurus and saints and little baby Jesus. I suspect this is also why God gave us cute little puppies.
Sometimes it is too far of a stretch for us to love GOD. The ocean of God is so vast, how do we connect? I am a drop of water, how do I love the ocean? How can we know how to love something so perfect and mysterious? How can our little hearts love something bigger than the universe? So, God gave us Her waves to love. The waves are not as vast, but just as beautiful, and the waves are something our hearts can open up to embrace.
Years ago I heard an explanation of the Christ Consciousness that pertains simply to consciousness, not to one religion or another. I don’t even remember where I heard this explanation but it stuck with me. You see, the “fall of man” wasn’t really about evil or us doing something terrible, it was just a fall into separation. It’s just that we lost touch with our Divine Selves, we forgot about our oneness with God and were in a sense “lost” (though if God is holding us at all times we can’t ever really be lost, but we can feel like we are lost).
From this state of forgetfulness, it was too large a leap for us to get connected to God again. God Consciousness is PERFECT. Everything is perfect in God Consciousness and there IS no separation, there IS no suffering, there IS no pain – so how can we get out of the suffering that feels so real to us and go directly to the perfection of God? So, God created Christ Consciousness as a bridge. The Christ Consciousness is One with the perfection and the absolute Love of God, but is also connected to the apparent suffering of humanity and reaches out to us in our state of forgetfulness with compassion. The Christ Consciousness is a form of God’s Love that we could see and accept and open up to in our state of fallen consciousness. And once we are open to the Love, the Christ can lift us back again into our connection with the perfection of God.
It is the birth of this Christ Consciousness that I contemplate and celebrate every year at Christmas. For God so loved the world, that She gave us the Christ Consciousness in the form of Jesus, Krishna, Mohammed, Buddha, Quan Yin, Rama and yes, cute little puppies. It is this connection to God’s Love that I see every time Peachy wags her little tail at me. It is this love of God and guru that my friend has seen every time he has looked at his sons for the last 11 years. It is the love of God that we experience whenever we love our neighbor as our Self.
The feeling I have in my heart when I love God is the same feeling I have when I love my sisters or my Peachy and the love flows seamlessly back and forth in either direction. When I look at Peachy with her furry little 7 pound body that breathes and beats and runs around with her nimble little jazz paws, I am struck by what a miracle she is. Her sweet puppy eyes that look at me with that puppy love soul opens me up inside. Feeling my love for Peachy flows right into feeling my love for God. Feeling Peachy’s love for me reminds me of God’s love for me. I feel like God created her as a gift personally for me, God’s love manifest as a cuddly little wave in the ocean just for my tiny soul.
Sometimes it is easier to love a single wave than to love the whole ocean. Yet the wave is not separate from the ocean, and the entire ocean is loving us in each wave.