This is a compilation post of some things I’ve shared before and some that I have not. My cat is often a source of inspiration. All my pets have been, but this post is inspired by Jezebel who is my remaining living cat at the moment.
Here’s an article that was inspired by her, but is about all of us sentient creatures on this planet really: My cat, real food and the abject stupidity of the human race — her health and well-being teaches me something about our health and well-being.
On another note, I meditate with my cat regularly as I shared in the tool box post:
If you’re a cat lover, I found a nice way to meditate when in a lot of pain is to hold my cat to my chest and meditate to her purring and/or her breathing. It’s very soothing. The purring and the cat become the object of meditation and it allows for a bit of distance from the pain in my body. My kitty is old and more than happy to spend hours with me in this manner. I’m blessed with a super medicine cat. My shaman cat I call her too, as well as my Zen Master Jezebel. Yes, I’m grateful to my cat.
From NPR a while back they talked about how pets are healing:
Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.
That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish, and even horses — in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions. (listen and or read more here)
My animal companions have always been deeply healing to me.
My cat participates in yoga too. (this is not us) but she’s been known to spend time on my body while I do my yoga, though not in such impressive poses:
While I’m talking cats associated with meditation and yoga here is another moment of cat inspiration:
I look at my cat and I see perfection…then I realize it’s a mirror of my own perfection and then that of all creation. Om Shanti Jezebel.
Lastly a small truth written by a like-minded soul:
There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. – Dan Greenberg
Unless of course you are speaking to another cat lover…