Conscious Cat Sunday: Meditate with Your Cat

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The benefits of meditation are endless: from helping us handle stress better to getting in touch with our true spiritual nature, meditation has been proven to make our lives better. In fact, there is so much evidence that meditation is good for you that it seems like meditation should be as much a part of our daily lives as breathing.

Once you’ve established a daily meditation practice, you can’t imagine not having it in your life, but until you get there, the thought of daily mediation seems to bring out a long list of excuses for most people. “I don’t have the time.” “I don’t know how.” “I can’t sit still.”

You don’t have to meditate for hours to gain benefits from mediation. Even a 5 minute mini meditation can make a difference. Gradually increase the time. Ideally you want to meditate at least 20 minutes a day.

And if you need more inspiration to get started, look to your cats! Cats are natural meditators. What else do you think they’re doing when they’re sitting with their paws curled under, their gazes soft, and not a care in the world? Of course they’re meditating!

And because they’re such little Zen masters, they can help us get comfortable with meditation. If you feel resistance to getting started with a meditation practice, try meditating with your cat.

How to meditate with your cat

1. Sit with your cat while she’s relaxed. She can be next to you, in your lap, or simply in the same room. Make sure you sit in a comfortable position. If sitting cross-legged on the floor or a cushion is comfortable for you, that’s ideal, but sitting in a chair is fine, too. Try to keep your spine fairly erect.

2. Relax your eyes and soften your gaze. You can look at your cat, or you can look at a spot about in front of you. You can also close your eyes. Do what feels comfortable.

3. Focus on your breath. Don’t exaggerate your breathing, just breathe in and out naturally, and observe how the breath feels.

4. If you find yourself getting distracted by thoughts, simply bring your attention back to your breath. Don’t chastise yourself for thinking – silently say to yourself “thinking,” and return to focus on your breath. Be gentle with yourself – you’re not a failure at meditation just because you can’t empty your mind.

As you relax deeper into this meditation, you’ll start feeling a sense of peace. Your connection with your cat may feel even deeper than it normally does.  And in the process, you will reap all of the benefits of meditation. Now why wouldn’t you want to make this a regular practice in your life? I’m sure your cat would want you to!

Do you have a regular meditation practice? If you don’t, what’s keeping you from it?

11 Comments on Conscious Cat Sunday: Meditate with Your Cat

  1. Rasheed
    August 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm (5 years ago)

    I have a long standing meditation practice and my cat LOVES to meditate
    with me. She waits until I am in position and then jumps on my lap and
    sits very still until I finish. If I am fidgety, she will just sit in front of me
    and not move until I get up. Only problem – sometimes her purring gets
    a little loud!

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  2. Esme
    August 5, 2013 at 12:57 am (5 years ago)

    I love spending quiet time with the kitties-it is the perfect way to relax.

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    • Ingrid
      August 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s the best, isn’t it, Esme.

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  3. Julia Williams
    August 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm (5 years ago)

    I am a true believer in the benefits of meditation, but have had a hard time making it a daily practice. Now… including my cats in the mix might just be the kick start I need!

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    • Ingrid
      August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm (5 years ago)

      Let me know if it gets easier once you include your cats in your practice, Julia.

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  4. Jennifer
    August 4, 2013 at 10:53 am (5 years ago)

    I meditate all the time with my cat. I think that’s why we have such a loving bond. Adore her to pieces. <3

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    • Ingrid
      August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm (5 years ago)

      I love hearing that, Jennifer!

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  5. Caren Gittleman
    August 4, 2013 at 7:56 am (5 years ago)

    We haven’t been in a while, but….today you and I are on the same wavelength again and I RARELY post on Sundays!
    xoxoxo

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    • Ingrid
      August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm (5 years ago)

      You know what they say about great minds, Caren! 🙂

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  6. janeray1940
    August 4, 2013 at 1:15 am (5 years ago)

    I do have a regular meditation practice, but Minnie seems intent on sabotaging me! I think in her little kitty brain she’s thinking, “oh, my human is sitting on the floor, that means it’s playtime” since I often get down to her level to play with her. Can’t fault her for that 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Allegra and Ruby sometimes “interfere” with my practice, too – although most of the time, that interference involves getting settled on my lap, so I’m not complaining :-).

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