Believe it or not, our sweet-bundles-of-fur are probably saving us a bundle in medical bills. Wait til you hear all this… While cats in particular have healing powers, research on pet companionship in general is also impressive.
If you spend quiet time with your cat, if you fall into a reverie as you watch him, if you drop into your heart and find yourself simply being, you are entering a meditative state with your cat…
“One who is perfectly suited to another in temperament”
“Someone with whom one has a special, almost spiritual connection”
I like these definitions. They sound like the feline soul mates I’ve known. What does this experience look like? A few specific traits come to mind. Let me know if you can relate to any of them.
I was moved by this letter shared last week in Gary Brogue’s news column:
“I lost my husband recently. Often at night while I am in bed, I start to cry. My 14-year old cat, who is usually on the bed with me, immediately comes up to me…and starts to purr…He often touches my face with his paw.”
Perhaps because cats can be so “of the wild” and independent, I find it especially meaningful when they show so much understanding and kindness…
Friends, let’s keep poet May Sarton’s words in mind. When you come home and bliss out with your cat, staring into space together, you are essentially meditating with the quintessential Zen master. Plus, research shows that your cat companionship is good for your health. On top of it, your cat loves you for the quality…
Ever notice that a cat has a presence–a certain energy–in a room or home? Some animals have a very large presence.
Years ago, when my cat Bastet had to live with my parents for a few months due to rental restrictions, a young friend who was visiting me commented, “It’s quiet without Bastet around.”