Eckhart Tolle said: “I have lived with many zen masters, all of them we’re cats”.
I am living with a cat since 2002. Although I’m not sure about her being a zen master, there is certainly a lot for me to learn from her. Some say that a pet starts to resemble with his owner, but that is true mainly for dogs. I think cats have a bigger ability to not be stuck in their egos and can live their lives in perfect peace.
My cat came into my life after a series of events which today I might consider them a synchronicity. But that’s another story, maybe a whole future post on synchronicity.
She’s a little spoiled, talks mainly with me and she is overweight. Strangely I didn’t gave her a name. I call her with many names, especially Piticot (Dwarfy). Let’s call it P here.
I wanted to start this post saying that I have a cat but after a thought I am not sure who owns who. Maybe I am her caretaker, food-giver, brusher, softy-warm sleepmate, toy-mouse thrower, faucet opener – cause she only drinks fresh water, rubbing post, friend and maybe family. More likely you could say she owns me, since I do all of the work while she gets most benefits. But I love her and am happy to do it. This feeling of love for a cat was kind of strange in the beginning cause I enjoyed dogs and still do. I never saw myself as having a cat as I grew up. Now, I live with a cat and love it.
There are some lessons I’ve learned from P.
Don’t waste your time with others that you don’t like. Surround yourself only with people who you resonate with – physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
If something is bothering you, step aside. Any disharmony you feel you should isolate and detach from it.
Show empathy and compassion.
You cannot own another Being.
Choose loving-kindness over convenience.