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From "365 Tao"...
Cat sits in the sun.
Dog sits in the grass.
Turtle sits on the rock.
Frog sits on the lily pad.
Why aren't people so smart?
Those who follow Tao are fond of pointing out the wisdom of
animals. When they see a cat sitting motionless in the sun or a turtle
who stretches her head upward in a still pose, they say that these
animals are meditating. They know how to be still and conserve their
internal energy. They do not dissipate themselves in useless activity
but instead withdraw into themselves to recharge.
It is only people who label meditation as some sort of odd
religious activity. This is not the actual case. Something like
meditation happens when we sleep, or when we are absorbed in reading a
book, or when we "daydream" and become so lost in a thought or an image
that we do not notice what is going on around us.
There is no reason to think of meditation as something out of the
ordinary. Quite the opposite. Meditation is the purest and most natural
expression we can have. When you next look at a cat or a dog sitting
still, and admire the naturalness of their actions, think then of your
own life. Don't meditate because it is a part of your schedule or is
demanded by your particular philosophy. Meditate because this is natural.