Monday, August 01, 2005

Shedding

There is in the body a current of energy, affection and intelligence, which guides, maintains and energizes the body and mind. Discover that current and stay with it. -- Nisargadatta Maharaj


For a number of years, one of my missions in life was caring for diabetic cats. First came my own Timmy, a big, loving orange tabby who became a brittle diabetic at age nine. After I lost him 3-1/2 years later, I realized how much caring for him had benefitted me. The bond one forms with a chronically ill animal is especially deep, as one is constantly monitoring him and sensing how he is feeling. I resolved to keep diabetic kitties in my life and adopted Bobby and Milo within the next few months (as well as my healthy Jenny).

Today I was especially remembering an incident in the early weeks with Bobby, another marvelous orange tabby. He came to me quite frail, down to 8 pounds from his prior 17, listless and dull-eyed. He perked up markedly after just a few days of getting insulin shots.

About ten days later, he started shedding copiously, big gobs of fur seeming just to gush from his skin. Worried, I took him to my good veterinarian. She brushed him down thoroughly, filling a gallon-size plastic bag to the brim with his fur.

We were talking as she brushed, and she explained to me what was occurring. Bobby's body had needed to put every bit of energy it had into coping with the diabetes. His coat was neglected and became coarse and dull. Now that the insulin was "kicking in", his body had the energy to develop a new coat of fur. When the brushing was all done, his new fur was soft and silky-smooth!

I am hoping for a similar outcome in my own life. Once the "disease" of my unworkable living environment is changed, I am hoping for the return of the "smooth" life of observing and paying attention, allowing my mind to continue freely on my journey.

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