This morning, I could not sleep. So, I got up and puttered around the silent house. I had a slight headache. I tried to check out the news, but couldn't focus. So, I thought I might try a shamanic journey and check in with my spiritual helpers and teachers. As I gathered everyone, the dog jumped in my lap ... I guess that was not in the cards.
So, we sat quietly ... one dog in my lap (beagles!) and the other on the floor at my feet. We were all just dosing and sitting quietly. I became aware of something. I opened my eyes in the early morning light and saw ...
This is not a mouse. It is a Shrew. Now, the dogs were oblivious. So, what message does he have for me? What wisdom can he share? That remains to be seen. I watched him for a few minutes ... clearly he was looking for a way out. He crept behind the recycling basket, under a piece of paper the girls had left on the floor, to the door. Then, he crept back silently. All the while, the dogs snoozed. Then, he moved toward the kitchen and under a bookshelf through a crack not more than 3/8" tall.
I got up at that point and the Chow decided she smelled something and investigated the trail to the door. My friend was safely hidden under the bookshelf. A short while later, he scurried, dogs still pretty oblivious, into the kitchen and under the stove.
I am working on developing my awareness, whether in the woods or at home. The things I see and experience during these time amaze me. I have had a chipmunk walk across my boot in the woods while hunting. I have had red squirrels climb down trees withing inches of me. Now, the shrew visited within two feet with no hesitation. Farewell, friend.