Did you awake this morning?
Great - count it as your first blessing of the day.
The thought I want to share with you today talks about how we interact outside ourselves. I love this reading because it refers to the animals we share our lives with, but if you are not fortunate to share your life with an animal, I think this meditation can be read substituting the word "beings" for "animals" or "creatures."
Since you are composed of all of creation, the animals in your environment mirror important qualities back to you. They are part of what can keep you in balance or throw you out of whack.
Live in balance with the creatures of our planet and they in turn will become good medicine for you.
Midrash Tana D'bei Eliyahu Rabbah, Ch. 1