My new quest is quiet time. The other night was the first time in many months that I attempted meditation and I did so with Hugo in my lap. It was just awesome. My big baby and I just chilled for 28 minutes and I was so relaxed after I almost slept in the basement office.
This got me wondering. Do people meditate with their pets? Is it allowed? So off to the land of google I went. The answer is yes! People do meditate with their animals. Personally I am thrilled.
Let me say here that if I had found tons of articles saying how wrong it was I wouldn’t give a hoot and half. The fact that the articles I read discussed how having a pet meditate with you can help fascinates me. I readily admit that I am a hit and miss meditator. I can do great, pass out or have decided on new colors for every room in the house. I know, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. I totally get that, but being how I am I like to do it the “right” way. Hey! I saw that eye roll and head shake. I am honest if nothing else. What can I say?
This works for me, especially right now, because I am not alone, am comforted by my cats, and their purring helps with reducing my tension. The other night I spent probably half the time slowly petting Hugo. To say that he just loved that is an understatement. My plan is to make this a new part of my routine. I am going to try for 15 minutes in the morning and at least a half hour at night. If nothing else this will provide great bonding time for me and the boys. Tonight I plan to give it a try with both the boys. It will be interesting to see how my little guy, Toby, deals with it
If you are interested in more information a great article is Meditating with Your Cat by Stacia D. Kelly, PhD, MHt on the site The Conscious Cat. Give it a read. In my mind this is meditation with a helper or training wheels. Either way, if I keep getting the results that I did last night, nine hours of solid deep sleep, I am sold!