“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” Eckhart Tolle
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?
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.
“Mum! I’ve finished putting fur all over everything, you can fold it up now.” Pandora
Have you ever noticed that sometimes the smallest things can cause us to lose our happiness? You know, you’re having the best day – feeling like you could smash through any obstacle – then suddenly, without warning someone says something or does something, and all that positive energy that five seconds before was pumping you up leaks out, and you’re left as deflated as a popped balloon. Sound familiar?
If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from life – and believe me it’s taken me a long time to learn it – it’s that allowing trivial, insignificant words and actions to steal my happiness changes nothing, and is also a pretty dumb thing to do. While I fume and doubt, my mood and my day ruined, the purveyor of insensitivity and downright stupidity sails on through their day, clueless and oblivious. So the next time you’re in the supermarket and someone has 13 items in the 12 items or less queue, or someone asks you if you’re sick (no, I’m just not wearing make-up), or one of your kids spill food all over the floor, or perhaps your cat gets fur all over your clean laundry – Brush it off (the fur and the attitude) – get some perspective and move on. Life is too big and too wonderful to waste time worrying about the small stuff.
Anyway I’ve got to go now, I’ve got a load of washing I need to get on