Have you ever noticed how cats seem to be the most unbothered creatures on the planet? While some cats can be wild, funny, and zoomie around the room like wild animals from time to time. For the most part, they are pretty chill especially older and more mature cats. Here are eight things my cat taught me about connecting to my inner zen.
1. Take a cat nap
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself going all the time. There is always something to be done and the things to do seem like a never-ending rotation of chore after chore. But sometimes you just have to rest.
Take a nap or two or three to get your zen on track. There’s something to the whole ‘cat nap’ saying as they are notorious resters (anyone remember Garfield?) and at any given moment you may find your cat resting quietly in the middle of a sun ray or on their comfy cat tower.
I’m sure most of us could use a good long nap from time to time, that endless list of things to do will be there. If it makes it any easier add a quick cat nap or hour of rest to your to-do list so it will be a priority.
2. Practice the art of doing nothing
Have you ever seen your cat just sitting and staring at the world around them? I call it ‘nature stalking’. Take a moment to enjoy and wonder at the world around you.
Albert Einstein said “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Cats are fascinated by everything, and I’m sure they would see life through the lens of the latter, take a note from your cat’s book and try to see everything in life as a miracle going forward
Practicing meditation is a great place to start, if you have a garden go outside and simply observe the world around you while meditating in nature.
3. Snuggle as much as possible
My cat loves to snuggle, anytime and anywhere. Did you know that when you snuggle it releases oxytocin which in return can reduce stress?
If you have someone to snuggle on consider yourself lucky, especially if that someone is a cat.
4. Find fun in the little things
My cat can make anything fun, literally, she plays with paper bags and boxes. Finding fun in the simple is a lost art for some but taking notes from your cat is something you can easily pick up.
5. Connect with your inner purr
It has been scientifically proven that a cat’s purr can lower your stress. Their purrs are within the range of 20-140 Hz which has been shown to be medically therapeutic for humans. It can also help lower blood pressure, help heal infections, and heal bones in the cats themselves.
6. Learn to say no
Start saying yes to what makes you happy and no to what doesn’t (unless of course, it’s something you have to do for family or work) Your cat certainly knows how to say no when they aren’t in the mood to do something and they aren’t shy about it.
7. Stretch, a lot
Stretching reduces muscle tension and has been shown to increase serotonin levels, the hormone that helps reduce stress and makes us feel good overall. My cat is always taking a little stretch, I’m sure most of us could benefit from a good stretch.
8. Spend time with those you love
I call my cat my second shadow, because no matter where I go, there she is! Now that may be a little overzealous as far as spending quality time with those that you love. While you may not want to follow your loved ones around constantly, carving out space in your schedule to spend a little quality time with them will do you and your relationships some good.
No matter what you decide to do a little more of from this list it will help your life tremendously. Obviously, our cats are pretty smart and innately know how to zen out. There’s a lot we can learn from our fur babies if we simply take the time to observe.