I was dreaming deeply this morning . . . And awoke suddenly to a loud “thud thud,” which initially I thought was someone pounding on my front door. I lay in bed, still half-asleep, wondering why someone was banging on my door at 5:30 in the morning. “OK, I’ll go check it out.”
As I approached my glass-front door - slowly, quietly - I saw one doe wander past and watched as another emerged from the tumble-down barn across the dusty road. Gazing silently at the whole scene was a third doe, motionless under the Siberian elm, about 20 feet from my window. She listened closely, sensing my presence. We regarded one another for about a minute, then I left all of them to their grazing and returned to bed.
But I didn’t fall back to sleep. Rather, I mused on the wise and peaceful deer and the gift of their life energy embracing me and my casita. I felt easeful, blessed to be sharing space with these strong and gentle creatures . . . reflecting on the resonant rhythm of their hooves on the earth, the sound that woke me. I felt grateful for their companionship and that I was called to witness them - and they, to witness me - in this early summer morning.
Even now I hear the coyotes yipping in the distance, down by the river. This land is rich with life.
What creatures are you sharing space with today?