I have loved and been owned by cats my whole life, starting at age two. I have come to some conclusions after all these years of studying their antics.
I think we humans can learn quite a bit about living life to the fullest from the cats we share our homes with. Cats are truly mystical creatures and seem to have mastered the art of just being.
They seem to know that their presence in the world is enough. Their only responsibility is to exist and share their glory with the rest of us.
So here is my list of six things cats know about mindfulness and awareness that we humans have yet to learn:
1. Cats know how to live in the present moment.
Cats aren’t worrying about their futures or reliving their pasts. They are present, right here, right now, in this precious moment. The only moment that really matters.
Cats eat when they are hungry, sleep when they are tired and are perfectly content to be still, quiet and simply observe life as it is.
Cats know how to receive love. They are blissfully there, in the now, revelling in the act of receiving your touch. They are not afraid to show you how wonderful it feels for them. What if we could that?
2. Cats know how to forgive.
Cats don’t hold grudges. I have never known a cat to withhold her love from me because I went on vacation that one time and didn’t invite her to go along. Or because I forced him into that little crate and made him go to that place where they poke him with needles. Or because I forgot, that one day, to scoop her litter box.
Cats forgive and forget. They have the ability to move on with enjoying life because their own pleasure is important to them. What if we could do that?
3. Cats always follow their joy.
Cats love to play and amuse themselves and they are capable of creating fun out of nothing at all. They don’t require expensive toys or other beings to enjoy themselves.
A cat will chase a shadow, jump at a flicker of light on the wall or hunt and capture a scrap of paper found hiding behind the chair. They never grow out of this playful nature. Cats love to play throughout their entire lives.
If you have ever spent time watching one of these incredible happiness machines in action, you know they give their all to every playtime they create and they couldn’t be enjoying themselves any more, in that moment. What if we could do that?
4. Cats trust their instincts.
Cats do not spin their mental wheels pondering what their next move should be. They instinctively know and they immediately act on those instincts.
The mind of a cat is not cluttered with thoughts of “I should” or “what will the other cats think about me if I do that?” A cat knows what he wants, in that moment, and he goes for it.
A cat has no ego, she can only be her truest, most authentic self, by instinct. And so it is.
5. Cats know the benefits of spending time in nature.
Many pet cats these days are “indoor only”, meaning they live exclusively indoors and are not allowed to go outside. There are many reasons for this, including keeping them safe from motor vehicles, if you live in the city, keeping them safe from predators, if you live in the country or keeping birds and other wildlife safe from them, which has become a concern for some.
My cats do spend most of their time indoors, however, I find it important for them to have time outside as well, sometimes to the dismay of my neighbors.
Cats are considered to be domesticated, but I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that cats are their best natural selves when outside enjoying all that nature can offer, just as we are.
My cats are not allowed to roam whenever they want and I am diligent about having them inside after dark, but they know that even a short spell outside can contribute to their overall happiness. And they are not shy about asking for it.
6. Cats embody the concept of self-love.
Cats know their worth and demand that the world take notice. You will not find a cat with self-esteem issues.
The one-eyed cat acknowledges his beauty is equal to that pure bred Persian down the street. The three-legged cat knows his power to be equal to the four-legged felines next door. And the stray, homeless kitty knows she is just as worthy of love as the pampered pet inside your home.
Oh what we can learn from our feline friends. I hope you enjoyed this post.
Smiles and hugs.