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Zen kitty showed me all-presence

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’ve blogged under the icon of Zen Kitty in the past. The cat was real and meant a great deal to me. The other day, to my horror, I found Zen Kitty dead, ran over by a vehicle. Mortified, I […]

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Zen kitty and poetry

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Cats Sleep Anywhere Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair. Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge. Open draw, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do. Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks. Anywhere! […]

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Zen Kitty’s evening muse

posted by Cheryl Petersen

John 20:19 English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Appears to the Disciples 19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood […]

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Zen Kitty and life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole,–Roger Caras Cats are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Children are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Jobs are not […]

Zen Kitty and the micro-house

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor, Adam, is building a micro-house. Adam built it on an old trailer, so the micro-house is mobile. Adam has collected unused materials and is constructing it very affordably. I walk over to watch Adam work. He enjoys the […]

Zen Kitty and the Mind

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As Cheryl reads the book, Animal Wise, by Virginia Morell, I can see her thinking. The book talks about researchers who are finally admitting that we animals think and feel and have soul. It was hard for the scientists to […]

Zen Kitty and Green Grass

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Now that spring has finally come to upstate New York, I can be found outside in the green grass. When it isn’t pouring rain. From 21st Century Science and Health: “The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “Happy are those […]

Zen Kitty

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I am a cat. I was born potty-trained. I know how to bury my refuse and stay clean. You are a person. You were born innocent. You do know how to clear yourself of guilt. I live in upstate New […]

Zen Kitty

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Zen Kitty and Problems

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Problems are not to be feared, but serve as a reminder that you must be stewards of your thoughts and behavior and should not wrestle them into submission. You must seek resiliency and flexibility, or what I call spiritual ascendency. […]

Zen Kitty Admires a Cat on a Leash

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Zen Kitty and Thunder

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We’ve been having some rather striking thunder and lightning storms here in upstate New York. They kind of scare me. I watch how people do incredible things but can only realize that God is more amazingly powerful.   Job 37:5 […]

Zen Kitty and Father’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I hear people talking about Father’s Day, especially sharing great advice received from their dads. I also get to see a dad in action here where I live. This dad loves his children. This dad is proud of his children […]

Zen Kitty Not Alone

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Zen Kitty and Our Week

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This next week is more hectic than normal. A visitor came yesterday. There is more noise in the house. So, I’m taking some time-out to reflect. The noise can’t disrupt our connection to the divine. Tips for peace: Listen. Share. […]

Zen Kitty and Memory

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’ve never read scientific studies on memory, mainly because I don’t read human words. Sure, it would be great if a potent memory could be bottled and taken when needed. Only problem is, when the bottle cap is removed, the […]

Zen Kitty Climbs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’d never climbed a tree before Calvin and Hobbes came to live with us. Calvin is the real climber. In a split second, she runs to the trees and hikes up into the limbs. Hobbes easily follows. I had to […]

Zen Kitty and Baths

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Cheryl keeps mentioning that I need a bath. I prefer to defer… From Science and Health, “All things are fashioned by, and after, God’s own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness. They impart their […]

Zen Kitty and Gold

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes I stare at the piano, but other times I listen to Doug and Cheryl when they read books out-loud to one another in the evenings. Last night, Doug was reading The Treasure of the Superstition Mountains, by Gary Jennings. […]

Zen Kitty Camouflage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

During the summer, when the grass is green, you can see me a mile away. Ah, but after a dusting of snow in the winter, I am incognito. Can you find me?         “Your life is now […]

Zen Kitty Tip on Love

posted by Cheryl Petersen

    This is a bit embarrassing, since most I do all day is eat and poop, while Cheryl works, but I also leave hair all around the house for Cheryl to clean up. She never minds. In fact, she […]

Reversing Cat Myths

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A few cat myths are: black cats are unlucky, and we hate dogs. Not true. I am not black, but one of the new kitties Cheryl brought home is black and she has been most fortunate to have around. We […]

Zen Kitty’s Neighbors are BIG dogs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor has a sheep ranch. The sheep are guarded by Pyrenees dogs. They are friendly, yet intuitively know to guard their charges. Frisco, Lilly, and Maggie are descendants of the large dogs which roamed the mountains of Asia thousands […]

Zen Kitty on How to Change Others

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I can change Cheryl’s mood. When she gets uptight and weary, I go to her and quietly know Love and Life. I’m not expecting anything from her or from the world. I know one Holy Spirit. Cheryl calms down immediately […]

Giving Thanks

posted by Cheryl Petersen

    Shhhhh, feel Thanks giving. It’s now. It’s every day. It doesn’t have to be made or proclaimed. It doesn’t have to be eaten. We can feel a world of Thanksgiving. Zen Kitty

Zen Kitty and Calvin and Hobbes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Look who Cheryl brought home. Calvin and Hobbes. At first, I was very skeptical about Calvin and Hobbes. They would playfully bounce and chase each other in the lawn and garden, and I was afraid they would hurt themselves by […]

Poetry and Piano

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I sometimes listen to Cheryl play piano and sing. She sings terrible, but that doesn’t ruin the poetry. Here is one song: “Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow, How to […]

Soak in the Beauty of Nature for a Minute

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Don’t Worry So Much About Outward Appearance

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Did you know I have 3 inch long eye brows? You may call them whiskers but they stick out 3 inches nonetheless. And, it has been proven to me that my looks are not nearly as important as my attitude. […]

Brain is Not Consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Is “awareness” or a “connection to the Divine” dependent on the human mind or brain? Or, is a connection to the Divine dependent on consciousness? Because I don’t have what you call a human mind but I certainly am conscious […]

Getting Back Up after being Shot Down

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My ears were being assaulted by profanity voiced somewhere in the house. I went to investigate the uncommon occurrence and discovered the profanity was coming from the TV. A show called “Bulls**t”, hosted by Penn & Teller, was on. Penn […]

Colorful Light

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I went for a walk, in the presence of light, with sure expectations, color would come to sight. I see beyond the surface, Through the prism of Soul,  vibrant flowers, trees, bees, dancing together as a whole.

Zen Kitty Communicates

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Zen Kitty here, Living in upstate New York, in a quiet home, in the woods, gives me the opportunity to explore and reflect. Not to say I didn’t explore and reflect the first six weeks of my life when I […]

Previous Posts

Zen kitty showed me all-presence
I've blogged under the icon of Zen Kitty in the past. The cat was real and meant a great deal to me. The other day, to my horror, I found Zen Kitty dead, ran over by a vehicle. Mortified, I carried him back to the house to bury outside in the ...

posted 7:01:06am Aug. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Bee stings and manure fertilizer
Last spring, I planted a flowering plum tree out in the lawn and it’s been struggling all summer. Wanting to give it a little boost, I asked our neighbor, who has a gigantic pile of horse manure, if I could get some. “Sure, help ...

posted 8:55:14am Aug. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Rest rather than sleep
With all due respect for a good night’s sleep, I fail to see why sleep is automatically credited as the producer of rest. It's a bit misleading. Sleep is a state of unconsciousness or oblivion. Not exactly the best ingredients for rest. I'm ...

posted 8:30:45am Aug. 17, 2015 | read full post »

The qualifications for Communion
Questions are posed today to people who profess to love Jesus: If that Godlike and glorified man were physically on earth today, would you reject him? Would you deny him the rights of humanity if he entertained any other lifestyle or religion ...

posted 8:12:25am Aug. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Bones and crayons
I was listening to some people argue over whether or not stories in the Bible are true. I tilted my head and grinned, thinking of something better to do like wash the windows. Archeologists have found some evidence to validate historical ...

posted 8:42:58am Aug. 06, 2015 | read full post »

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