I know a cure for sadness:
Let your hands touch something that
makes your eyes smile.
I bet there are a hundred object close by
that can do that."
Mirabai (1498 - 1565)
16th - Century Indian Mystic
I think Mira might have meant dogs & cats, don't you?
Likewise, the following anecdote from St. John of the cross
works with dogs and cats, as well as rabbits:
I was sad one day and went for a walk;
I sat in a field.
A rabbit noticed my condition and
It often does not take more than that to help at times -
to just be close to creatures who
are so full of knowing,
so full of love
that they don’t
they just gaze with
St. John of the Cross (1542 - 1591)
16th - Century Spanish Mystic
Both of the above proverbs,
along with many other favorites, can be found in
Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems
edited by Ravi Nathwani & Kate Vogt
Thanks to my friend Lani for her
generous gift of this lovely inspirational book!