Living a satisfying, full human life with the gracefulness of a cat

Have you ever known or admired a successful person who always seems to be doing several things at once—in several places at once—and yet manages to come across as gracious, happy, and relaxed most of the time?

You know—someone living a satisfying, full human life with the gracefulness of a cat?

For me, one of those people is Ingrid King. She’s an award-winning blogger and writer of all things cat. (She’s known to produce several high quality blog posts per week while also writing books, interacting on multiple social media platforms daily, and dealing with a constant volume of messages and requests from readers, press, and people seeking her help.)

I no longer have to wonder how Ingrid does all this and more. She has written a charming book of essays called Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style that answers the question.

Anyone can dish out lifestyle advice, but I find it most effective when it’s coming from someone who’s really been practicing it—someone who has been where I’ve been and yet found ways to get the results I want. For me, this is true even when it’s advice I’ve heard before. Deliver it in a true story, reveal the personal details, and I’ll be twice as likely to put it into action.

That kind of truth-telling is what I like best about Ingrid’s book. She describes herself as a recovering worrier and much of the book serves as a feline-infused meditation on how we can short-circuit the worry-and-fear cycle. Ingrid also tackles the topic of anxiety, which she calls “worry’s ugly cousin.”

Doing nothing but enjoying the moment

I loved the story of the renewal she experienced by allowing herself to do nothing for an hour but bask in the light her favorite maple tree’s brilliant red leaves. “Doing nothing without feeling guilty is something all my cats have taught me over the years,” she writes.

Research is also telling us that doing nothing is key to cultivating creativity. I am working on embracing that. Ingrid’s story helps.

I also appreciated Ingrid’s essay about the power of choosing conscious routines. Conscious routines are practices that support us and help us relax without making our daily life stagnant. She cites both the Dalai Lama and cats on this topic.

My favorite way to read books like this is the “daily dose” way. I like to read a little at the end or beginning of the day to refresh my spirit with expansive thinking and positive ideas.

The new paperback version of Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style makes a sweet gift for cat lovers who are setting the intention of a less cluttered and more wholesome life in the New Year.

Consider wrapping it up with some herbal tea or catnip and giving someone (such as yourself) the gift of daily contemplations on intentional living, feline style.

7 Responses to Living a satisfying, full human life with the gracefulness of a cat

  1. Walter Newman December 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I like how your books are almost perfectly juxtaposed; yours being about helping cats live longer, and Ingrid’s about how cats help you live longer. There is a certain synergy that exists between a good pet and a good owner. Getting a cat tower, the right food, and spending a little time with the pet are just the bare necessities.

  2. Jessica Sala November 28, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Very cool! Ingrid is a great writer and so very knowledgeable! Consider you two ladies the best cat bloggers!

  3. Hairless Cat November 27, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Hi LIZ-CAT,

    I’m a big fan of Ingrid and her blog.

    Sounds like a great book for all cat parents. We can all use a daily dose of cat wisdom – especially when it help achieve inner balance.

    I’m always open to less stress and anxiety in my life. How to live in the present moment with purpose is appealing as well.

    Thanx for the great lead. I’ve seen the book on her blog sidebar and have been thinking about getting it. I think you’ve just convinced me.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

  4. Anne November 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Also, it seems to be that cats, when they are occupied with something, are fully one-hundred percent there. This means they simply can’t multitask, which is a great lesson for us, to be fully present in the now.

    • Liz-cat November 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Anne, you nailed it. Cats are always in the Now. Ingrid writes about that. Eckhart Tolle says “I’ve lived with many Zen masters, all of them cats.” : )

  5. toni November 25, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Liz…Wonderful post about and for a wonderful lady.

    I’m so very thankful my life path has brought me to you FABulous women.

    Having already read Ingrid’s Buckley…I just received my Purrs of Wisdom…and can’t wait to gobble it up!!

    Thank you both so very much!
    ♥toni

    • Liz-cat November 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      Toni, thank you for your lovely comment!

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