Thursday, March 12, 2009

Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Friend

Today (3/12/2009) our kitty Isis is dying – well, she may make it to tomorrow, but she is very close.

She is very weak – beautiful fur that always reminded me of the night sky, stretched over a skeleton with hardly any flesh left. She still tries to walk a bit, but she lurches around like a drunken sailor. She joined me in the bathroom today, while I was bathing, as she likes to do. But when she tried to put her paw in the water to play with the water/drink the water, she nearly fell in. She didn’t have strength to support her reaching down. I had to catch her. It seems almost like she WANTED to fall in…. to let go into an entirely new experience. She has had a fascination with water, while still avoiding it for the most part, like most cats. But I couldn’t stand the idea of her drowning in the bathtub. I had to tell her I couldn’t handle that manner her of leaving her body. So she is waiting for it to give out.

Please hold her in light. If you know a song for the dying, please sing it. If you are a Sufi or Dances of Universal Peace person, you may know the Ya Salaam (O, Peace) chant. So please sing to the spirit of Isis, or say a prayer, or send healing energies to ease her transition. Isis has been our sweet companion for almost 15 years. She is much loved.

I have been singing and playing a recording of a Buddhist chant – it is from (See the lower right side of the homepage to listen or download the chant.) You can find out more about Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and the Buddhist centers and activities she is involved with at the same website. I received this recording – a much longer version – one day while visiting the Buddhist Stupa in Sedona. One of the nuns was walking around giving CD’s to all the visitors. The chant is the Prayer to be Reborn in Dewachen - a traditional prayer offered as a gift. It is part of a music project Jetsunma is working on, a CD of songs and prayers to be played for the dying, both human and animal. It is a lullaby of compassion for those passing from this life. Share it far and wide.

MoonSinger Essentials
Prayer for the Animal Kingdom
"We are travelers in a cosmic journey - star dust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Buddha once said "This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky." We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, light heartedness and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile." ~Deepak Chopra

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