Yesterday was Jewel's birthday. She would have been 18 years old. She was a wise cat. Even in her short time with me, she taught me some important lessons about life and love.
One of the things she helped me learn is how to love people even when you don't like their actions. Jewel was a very loyal cat, and she loved with her whole heart. She also adapted to new situations very well and always accepted what was. I know she didn't really enjoy the company of other cats, but she adapted to living with Carmine Milita very well. She never fought with them. She usually allowed Carmine to check on her multiple times a day without so much as a hiss.
Cats have so much to teach us.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid King.
In her new book, Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style, Ingrid King shares some of the lessons she's learned from her cats with us. The book is a compilation of essays that will inspire you to live a more conscious life.
I found many of the essays in this book inspiring. The ones that inspired me the most have to do with taking care of yourself. In her essay entitled, "Taking Time for Yourself," King says, "We all have busy lives, and there are days when it feels like we'll never get everything done. For most people, the first thing to fall by the wayside during busy times is taking time for yourself. I've never met a cat who has said, 'I'm too busy to take a moment to stretch in the sun.' Why can't we be more cat-like when it comes to taking care of ourselves?"
Cats are great models for self-care. They nap in sun puddles, seek attention when they want to be loved, and are fastidious when it comes to their hygiene.
I've struggled with self-care for decades. My cats continue to teach me how to take care of myself. I've learned, for instance, to allow myself to sleep when I need to without feeling so guilty about it (I need a lot of sleep due to excessive fatigue). My cats inspire me to take better care of myself.
Other essays in Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style discuss decluttering your life, meditating with your cats, how to be content, gratitude, the waste of worry, reducing the drama in your life, and stepping outside your comfort zone.
The essays in this book will inspire you to live a happier, healthier, more conscious life. The photos included with each essay are beautiful as well.
Cat lovers everywhere will appreciate this book!
Ingrid King is allowing me to give ONE of our lucky readers a copy of Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style. You must be 18 or over and live in the United States to enter. The winner will be announced on our blog on Wednesday July 6, 2016. The winner will also receive an email from us notifying him/her of his/her win. The winner must respond to our email within 48 hours to claim his/her prize. If no response is received, the winner will forfeit his/her prize, and another winner will be randomly selected.
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Photo courtesy of Ingrid King.
About the Author: Ingrid King is the award-winning author of Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style, and Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love, and Myself. She is a former veterinary hospital manager. Her popular blog, The Conscious Cat, is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans. The Conscious Cat has won multiple awards, including DogTime Media's Pettie for Best Pet Blog in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and About.com's 2012 Readers Choice Award for Best Website About Cats. Ingrid lives in Northern Virginia with her tortoiseshell cats Allegra and Ruby. For more information about Ingrid King, please visit The Conscious Cat.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style," by Ingrid King for a fair and honest review. Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.