Fluffy Little Monks Lesson One: Authenticity

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” Eckhart Tolle

 

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Have you ever noticed how cats like to sit back and observe the world around them? They are experts in surveillance and silence. They make their way through the world at their own pace – unhurried and unconcerned; true to themselves and to their nature. Cats do not compromise who they are in order to conform to what others think they should be; you will never see a cat pretending to be anything other than a cat. While this may be frustrating for the cat’s owner/slave,   I’m fairly confident it’s one of the main reasons so many of us find these fluffy little monks so appealing. After all, who could resist a creature living its life so authentically?

So why do we find this authenticity so appealing in our feline friends, and yet so difficult to live out in our own lives? Why do we admire their monk-like peace and yet seldom take the time to emulate it?

When was the last time you were satisfied with just being yourself; no pretense or play-acting?

When was the last time you found a nice, warm, comfortable spot, and just sat and watched the world go by; ignoring the urge to do and simply be satisfied to be?

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If your answer was: not nearly enough; then why not start today? Embrace your inner fluffy monk – know that who you are is good enough – find a quiet comfy spot and just be for a while.

Karen Mulvey

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself from the blog “Gilmours Nice Place” thoroughly enjoyed your blog post. Indeed, we seem to be on the same wavelength with many of our posts incorporating your wise wisdom. We find it encouraging that there are others on the same journey as ourselves and who have an eye for looking a little further than their own horizon.
    Mr Midnight and Sir Winston always knew that humans could learn a thing or two from observing cats. 🙂
    Meow, purr purr and thank you.

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    1. Lestat, Louis, Pandora and myself are very happy to meet you and thank you for your kind words. It does appear our furry friends help us to see the world a little differently and that’s a great thing! Thank you again for taking the time to visit our blog

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