There’s no question that we live in challenging times. Between our daily to do lists, the stress and anxiety that has become the norm rather than the exception for many of us, and the state of the world in general, we all need to take even better care of ourselves than ever. And one thing that can help you navigate life better is a buffer.Continue Reading
I love this time of year – for me, there’s something magical about the holiday season, despite everything that is happening in the world at large. Maybe it’s because this time of year takes me back to childhood memories – especially to that moment when I got my first glimpse of the Christmas tree my parents always decorated on Christmas Eve. In a child’s eyes, that was pure magic – an ordinary tree that had been sitting in a bucket on our balcony, transformed into a miracle of lights.Continue Reading
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Winter can be a difficult time for many. Even people who are not prone to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) may feel the impact of the shorter days and lack of light of this time of year. Some experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Add to that that these are arguably turbulent and dark cultural times, and you have a recipe for mental gloom and doom that can be hard to shake.
However, the dark season also brings opportunities to add light into your life Continue Reading
Connecting with our spiritual core is an important part of conscious living. We all have different ways of doing this, and there isn’t any one single method that is more valuable than another. For some, it may be through structured religious observations, often shared in the community of a church or other spiritual gathering. For others, this connection may happen during meditation. Others still may connect with spirit in nature.
For me, animals, and of course, especially cats, have always been an easy way to help me find that spiritual connection.Continue Reading
Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. As we’re looking forward to spending time with family and friends, I think it’s important not to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday: a time to count one’s blessings.Continue Reading
Reach for the moon. Even if you fall short, you’ll land among stars.
Last Saturday, a dear friend of mine died after a brief illness. This is the first time a friend close to me in age has passed away, and it’s hitting me hard.
Ronnie was my pet sitter for more than 20 years, until she realized her dream of living in Hawaii four years ago. She took care of all of my cats,Continue Reading
There are hundreds of folk tales and superstitions surrounding cats, and one of them is that cats steal a dead person’s soul. Of course we know that that’s ridiculous. In fact, and I’m sure that all of you agree with me on this: cats are good for the soul.Continue Reading
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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m all about learning from our cats. I’ve been bringing you feline wisdom via two volumes of Purrs of Wisdom and numerous Conscious Cat Sunday columns for the last seven years. In Life Works Itself Out (And Then You Nap,) two Japanese authors offer lighthearted advice – and lots and lots of kittens.Continue Reading
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with fall: I enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn all around me, but I also can’t help but think about what comes afterwards. I’m a summer girl, as are Allegra and Ruby: we thrive on warm weather and sun light. Then again, my two beautiful girls remind me of everything that is beautiful about the season: nothing brings out the gorgeous colors in torties’ coats better than the light of autumn.Continue Reading
The tag line of this site is “Conscious Living, Health and Happiness for Cats and their Humans.” I choose this motto, along with the name for the site, because I believe that living consciously is the key to happiness for all of us, including our cats.Continue Reading
Kindness is a quality that I look for in everyone I form any kind of relationship with – it matters that much to me. Kindness to cats, and all animals, is the most important to me, but kindness to other human beings is a close second. One of my pet peeves: people who are unkind to waiters or other service personnel.Continue Reading