See and Be

My cat is teaching me mindfulness

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My cat is teaching me to see and be.

At first a clumsy-clothed giant,

he has taught me to kneel

and shrink,

how to make myself disappear

and

be

still.

 

Nose twitching,

ears

scanning.

At first nothing but the wallpaper rustle of wind in leaves,

until I follow

his arrow-yellow eyes

and see this stem weave to a different current,

hear a scratch,

a clutch of claw

on grass,

gripping

to eat seeds,

big ears sateliting

tail curled around stem

balanced.

 

Poised,

the world slows,

three watchers,

breathing,

taut with anticipation,

twitching.

 

Then it scuttles off.

 

Cat exhales

lets his haunches sink into the earth.

 

I sink too into childhood

when the smell of earth was as familiar to me as the scents of home,

I look up from my belly where I lie

looking through long grass,

smaller

than for many decades now.

The world feels huge,

my garden a jungle,

I could play out all day,

watching bees nestle in blue,

the fountains of grass cascading,

light glancing off the fine filigree.

 

Time spins out and back and round

taking me from the world of mind and screens

into the sensual underbelly,

of dappled apricot,

waiting,

breathing,

alert.

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Julie Leoni

Regenerative living coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, educator, Dr

Business as usual is no longer possible.  We need to dramatically shift how we think and live in order that the planet and all those people we share it with as well as our children's children, flourish.  This is the time of the Great Turning (Joanna Macy) and each of us can play our part in tipping life towards health and well-being for all.

Finding your thing or things can be the most radical thing you can do for your own well-being and for the well-being of the planet.

Work with me to create a life where your energy, health, social connection and emotional and social well-being are not just sustained, but improve, regeneratively. 

I am an author, educator and researcher who coaches individuals and organisations to find more regenerative ways of living and working in order to support the health of all peoples, the more than human world and future generations.

My work is based on wisdom from indigenous people, science, and my own direct relationship with people and the more than human world which have taught me about the interconnectedness of all things, and our dependency on each other for well-being.

There are more things to measure than income and status so let's start creating the world we want our grandchildren to live in.  It starts here and it starts now with each of us, daily.  

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