A Moment of Cat Zen

There are lots of things I envy my office cat for. His unhurried schedule for one; if he wants to sleep the day off; he sleeps the day off. His trained office of masseurs for another; all he needs to do to get a good tummy rub is meow.

And you get real envious real quick when you’re sweating down a deadline and he’s sleeping all comfy on the chair next to you!

But as I was rubbing him down the other day, I noticed something new about him. He was enjoying my rub so much, not because I had magical massaging fingers, but because he was totally in the moment of it.

The tummy rub was what was happening right there and then, and he spent it for all it was worth without thought of the future or past.

The office cat getting a nice tummy rub
Who said you could stop?

7 Responses to “The Path”

  1. Lance
    June 13 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    I like this approach, thanks for sharing it!

  2. Ramesh
    June 13 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    Nice approach. If you could give an concrete example of how one could follow the process it might help better though. For instance take the “Why can’t I forget him after so many years of relationships” or “Arrh.. This person makes me so frustrated!!!” and run through the process you take to let-go from it.

  3. Bill Cawley
    June 26 2008 at 1:03 am #

    I enjoyed your article. I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of it at first because I am not willing to drop it all to begin meditating and living in seculsion. I am happy with my life but like many of us trrying to find a good balance for myself. However, your ideas weren’t “to out there for me” and I really do believe thoughts and words lead to action. Action was the other part I relly liked. Making big changes in our lives require taking action and to often today people are beng told to just think it and believe it and everythig will comte to you. I am firm believer that action is required- I liked the kite analogy.

  4. Long Lost HS Friend
    August 21 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    Three years???
    Sorry, I didn’t even know that you became a monk.
    I remember that I met you last time a little over three years ago when you came back to Thailand one weekend.

    At the time I knew only that you were training for a marathon and you were about to publish a book.

    Well, อนุโมทนาบุญด้วยครับ

    April 21 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Letting go, surrender. Come to think of it, people surrender to many things. Why can’t we surrender to happiness? :-)


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