I’m jumping on to speak about how my mind is like a cat.
I get up at 4:00 o’clock in the morning and meditate. My cat has gotten into that rhythm of me getting up.
Man, sometimes he comes online at 3:30 in the morning, starts meowing and wants attention.
So, when I was sitting in my meditation and he started meowing, I was like, “Wow, my mind wanted to grab on and make him quiet, do anything to stop. I’m meditating. I need peace. I need to be all Zen.”
And then, meow, meow, meow, meow.
And so, I put it together for myself as saying, like, my cat, Mela, is like my mind. I noticed the pros and the cons for me. So, I wanted to talk about those.
The pros in that, that they’re agile, they can move from one thing to another, and that they can really be creative in how they get to where they want to go. They’re not stuck on that they have to do that straight line. They could climb a tree in seven different ways, probably 100 different ways.
Then, the cons of the relentless meowing, being really opinionated – just like my mind coming up with all kinds of agendas and what it thinks. So, that side of it where the mind really wants to just engage me, boy, at like 3:30 in the morning when I hear him meowing, and I kind of wake up and my mind wants to go right to him and put him out, or do something with him. And how do I let go of that, of the meowing, and actually return back to being in my body or my breath, and how do you do that?
The mind being like a cat.
Check out your mind, and if you’re a cat lover, you probably relate to this a little bit about the relentlessness, the very opinionated. How about they choose when they want to come to you and when they want to leave. So, my thoughts, I don’t have a choice when they’re coming or when they’re going.
I have to be in relationship with my cat, whatever it’s doing, and I have to be in relationship with my mind on whatever it’s doing. So, whether it’s quiet or loud, can I still be in that place of breathing into my belly, returning back, that I’m not my thoughts, I’m not this meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow? I can actually just watch it and it can just go on as I’m sitting and meditating that, okay, good. We’re good. I’m here. He’s meowing. It’s exactly how it should be.
Make this a fabulous weekend. If you’re a cat-lover, give a little love to your cat.