Mindful Monday – Cats Can Provide Relief From a Stressful Campaign

lilysophie-030-2Do you remember being told how much easier life would be in the amazing age of technology? Oh yes, Technology would make life easier—give us more personal time. Yeah, right! (I say sarcastically.)

Now we have hundreds of channels on TV to choose from; the Internet constantly bombards us with information; we can’t get away from messages, texts, cell phone calls. We are more connected, more well-informed, and probably more stressed than ever before. Surely bad things happened to people before, but they weren’t so blatantly in your face as they are today. And what about the tension we feel when hearing about or watching the current election campaigning? I think many of us seek ways to escape the stress of this election nastiness. And some of us are turning to their pets.

Just look at how popular the concept of the service animal has become—many of these

The Party is Over

The Party is Over

pets are supposedly required for stress. I know that Lily and Sophie can sure be a comfort to me.

Here’s my recommendation:

  • Turn off your computer, phone, and TV more often and listen to the quiet.
  • Watch your cat and learn from her methods of handling herself throughout the day.
  • Take a nap with your cat.
  • Sit for a spell and pet your cat.
The cat that inspired the book series

The cat that inspired the book series

Let me know how this worked for you? Research proves that your blood pressure drops when you spend time with a pet. And that’s a good thing.

But you don’t have to be a researcher or physician or psychologist to understand why. Here are a few observations from people who appreciate cats and know how to put their thoughts into words:

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” James Herriot
“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” Eckhart Tolle
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” Jules Verne
There are hundreds more such quotes. I’d love it if you’d share your favorites with me and my readers.


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