Friday, 16 January 2015

How To Meditate Like A Cat - Incredible Zen

Happiness happens when you fit with your life, when you fit so harmoniously that whatsoever you are doing is your joy. Then suddenly you will come to know: meditation follows you. If you love the work that you are doing, if you love the way you are living, then you are meditative.

Q. I’ve tried to meditate many times but my mind just wanders off, I get an itch on my end of my nose, I get the urge to get up and do something (anything), my mind keeps coming up with thoughts and ideas that need to be written down (e.g shopping lists) things I mustn’t forget, and things that I need to do right now. I can’t seem to meditate for more than a few seconds at a time! Please help!
Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” – Alan Watts
A. Firstly, take a deep breath. Good. And another one. Good. Now, there is something you need to know. Even the most experienced meditators (Buddhist monks spring to mind here) often struggle to control their thoughts and physical reactions. It’s completely normal. Your mind isn’t used to sitting still. It’s used to thinking – this – and that – and when – and where – and why – and who, and how: it’s not used to not thinking. That’s why it is so hard to meditate. You are going against your mind’s natural instincts and behaviour. So you need to accept that your mind will wander, and you will have to bring it back to focus on your breath (or music, or a guided meditation) again and again. And again. And yet again. Accept it with a grateful understanding of the fact that you have a mind that is capable of such amazing things.
“Wise like me you will become, if you only you stop thinking and start meditating!”

– Cat

Have you ever noticed a cat (your cat, or any cat) meditating? They do it quite often, and with no effort. And if a cat can, you can too. Cats often sit or lie completely still, but have their eyes open, and with an awareness of everything around them. They don’t move at distractions (although they might move their head slowly or swivel their eyes to take a look), they breath deeply and slowly. They stare off into the distance, and have a relaxed (okay, blank) face. They often sit like this for quite a long while without moving.
Meditation is to know oneself as one is. It is see our real face with out any mask. ~Author Unknown

Meditation is simplicity itself. One is to just let go, nothing special is supposed to happen. ~Author Unknown

So, next time you struggle to quieten your mind, think like a cat. Stretch out first and get comfortable, and then relax into a still pose. Keep your eyes open, and be aware of noises and movement around you, but keep your head still. Find something in the distance to look at, and focus on that point while you gradually deepen your breaths. If something distracts you, move your head slowly and gracefully like a cat, take it in, acknowledge and accept it, and then move your head and your eyes back to your focal point again. Be mindful of what is happening around you, but don’t interact with it.
"After a few years of meditation practice we can even learn how to occasionally ignore ourselves. And what relief that can be!" - Wes Nisker
Act like a cat, think like a cat and meditate like a cat. It works, and it’s fun to do. When you have finished being a cat, get up slowly with all the feline grace that a cat possesses, and stretch.  ;-)
Meditation makes you innocent, it makes you childlike. In that state, miracles are possible. That state is pure magic. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

“Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed…the Great Cat.” - Inscription on the Royal Tombs at Thebes

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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