Yesterday I shared Pema Chodron’s telling of the story of pursuing tigers above a cliff and waiting tigers below and a mouse gnawing on the escape vine. And choosing to enjoy the strawberry that was right there. The story triggered memories of a few of my dreams of late. I’ve dreamed of tigers pursuing me or waiting outside a window. In one dream, I was in a red convertible with my sister, and a tiger jumped on the back, digging its claws into the fabric of the top, which was down. The tiger was climbing toward us. I don’t remember beyond that part of the dream. But I wasn’t scared.
Well, yesterday as I was driving to meet a friend for lunch, I was thinking of that story and my dream about the tiger and the red convertible. Guess what I met on the road, going the other way? Yep, a red convertible. And guess what was behind me when I stopped at the next stop sign? Yep, a red convertible. And guess what was being sold at the vegetable and fruit stand to my left? Yep, strawberries. I was pretty awed by the synchronicities and thought those were the last ones to be connected with that Pema Chodron story and my tiger dreams.
Today I got home, and from the corner of my eye I saw a little flash of gray fur disappear into my kitchen garbage can.
I immediately took the garbage can outside to give the mouse a chance to escape. I didn’t see the mouse as I took some of the garbage out so it wouldn’t get strewn on the lawn if my cats decided to check it out. And I figured the mouse had a fair chance to escape since the cats weren’t showing any interest in the contents. When I completely emptied the garbage can a little later, there was no mouse inside – and my young cat hasn’t left me any gifts by the door.
But it didn’t hit me until I came back inside that ANOTHER part of the story had just appeared in my life. The mouse! Though it wasn’t chewing a vine, a mouse had appeared, too.
Sooooo, I’m thinking there will probably be a tiger or two around a corner soon . . . . I’m going to keep my eye out for that appearance.
Anybody want to predict how it (or they) will manifest?