Let me be the final person to wish you a Happy New Year! I'm not sure when we are supposed to stop relating to it being a new year, but as this is my first post of 2020 I'm going with it! Yesterday was the Chinese New Year anyway, so maybe that's what I mean.
My cat, River, has been very interested in meditating recently! It has never been unusual for her to sit with me while I'm meditating, but the last couple of weeks in particular she runs to me meowing as I begin, purring her little heart out. She'll come rub up against me, rub against the dog who is undoubtedly nearby, and then plants herself at my feet, placing one or both front paws on my leg. I started taking photos of her this week because she was just so completely adorable I couldn't help myself. I got a video of her as well one day because you can't hear the purring in the photos.
There are various schools of thought when it comes to how to meditate, including the amount of interruption you allow. When I was first learning to meditate, I was encouraged to get myself as indistractible as possible. Clearly, this would also include pet invasions. I see merit to this approach, particularly when we are just getting familiar with getting ourselves still in body and mind. It can be easy to pull ourselves out of attunement with our higher consciousness. In the beginning we are in unfamiliar (although completely native to us on a soul level) territory. We want to be alert and tuned in, and if we are hearing noises (the tv, kids yelling, purring) we can find ourselves paying attention to them instead of using that concentration to go more deeply inward.
As we get more meditation hours under our belt, we naturally get more familiar with our inner world and higher consciousness. We are able to get lift our conscious awareness more quickly, go into meditation more deeply, and the whole process feels easier. We can even find ourselves connecting inwardly and invoking stillness outside of meditation, out in the wild (i.e. a crowded Ikea)! And so it is that we might be able to tolerate or even welcome something which may have seemed a distraction once upon a time, such as a cat purring away.
There are even those who have traveled into astral realms who say cats are beneficial spiritual workers on this plane. That is a WHOLE other topic for another time, but embracing that idea and feeling that those purrs might be helping to cleanse my aura makes me doubly welcome the presence of this sweet bit of nature in my meditations as well as feeding my curiosity about why she feels so drawn to be there!
In sum, you should get a cat.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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