Stella the Meditating Kitty Cat

Seated meditation is challenging. It requires patience, commitment, forgiveness, curiosity, observation and stillness. I think that the art of meditation will forever elude me. Yet, daily I try to observe my thoughts, focus on my breath, and find space and sometimes solace in the practice. Reading about meditation and the enlightenment of the great ones offers encouragement. Still, even the slightest mastery of meditation seems far beyond reach and sometimes, even trying feels futile. That is why I am grateful to have found my meditation guru and teacher in the most unlikely (or likely) of creatures, my kitty cat, Stella.

Stella sits with me as I meditate, breathing steadily while snuggled in my lap. She watches, listens and waits. Time passes, I grow anxious, she sits. I shift and move my aching body, she sits. Emotions wax and wane, sadness and joy pass through me, she sits. It is not a new or novel idea – just sit. However, through Stella’s example, the practice becomes more tangible and promising.

I believe animals can teach us many lessons, if we are open to their wisdom and love. I would love to hear, what lessons have you learned from animals?

6 thoughts on “Stella the Meditating Kitty Cat

  1. Reading this reminded me of many peaceful days with Bo, my border collie. It just occurred to me that maybe animals simply don’t have a distracting mind like us humans. Maybe they are pure consciousness living in the moment – all the time. I’ll have to explore this a little more.

    With regard to your meditation frustrations, I have been practicing for many decades and hopefully, this will give you a little inspiration, although I am not as pure as Stella.

    There is an ocean of peace and love hidden within every breath – we have only to learn how to experience it.

    To experience and appreciate the “life force” within our breath is the greatest source of personal peace, because living within the conscious feeling of this power will tame our wandering mind and allow us to be who we really are – our true self – in peace and love.

    The gift of breath is everything – the beginning and end of human life. This is not something to be taken for granted, but is a reason, every breath of our life, to feel appreciation and infinite gratitude.

    Those who are motivated from the longing and thirst within, will find the way – it is their destiny.

    What we practice, we become.This is a life long journey and we have this whole life to practice. The results DO come but perseverance is the key.

    And lastly – All dreams come true – in their own time.

    • Hi John, thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment and for visiting my blog. I think you are correct that animals possess both a purity and presence we as humans will have to forever strive toward. I appreciate your encouraging words with regard to my meditation practice. It’s comforting to know others on the same journey. I tried focusing on my breath as death/life yesterday evening while sitting and had a small breakthrough. Thanks again!

  2. Hi laura,
    Just found your blog through insight connect and it is inspiring. Thank you. Wanda my dog and friend sits next to me while I meditate. Animals are a spiritual blessing.

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