Sunday Purrs: Solitude

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We live in a crazy busy world, and without finding ways to counteract the stress caused by the fast pace of life and constant stimulation coming at us from everywhere, we end up stressed, depressed and anxious. For me, one of the best ways to decompress is seeking and enjoying solitude.

Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Even though they look alike from the outside, there’s a big difference between solitude, which is a positive state of being alone with yourself. Loneliness, on the other hand, is defined by a sense of isolation and a feeling that something is missing. Loneliness is about lack, solitude about feeling whole.Continue Reading

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Sunday Purrs: Cats as a Pathway to Spiritual Connection

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Connecting with our spiritual core is an important part of conscious living. We all have different ways of doing this, and there isn’t any one single method that is more valuable than another. For some, it may be through structured religious observations, often shared in the community of a church or other spiritual gathering. For others, this connection may happen during meditation. Others still may connect with spirit in nature. Watching a beautiful sunset or sunrise, walking in a deep green forest, or hiking in a striking desert landscape – all of these can help open a portal for a connection to something greater than ourselves.Continue Reading

Sunday Purrs: Be Kind to Yourself

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~The Dalai Lama

Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous and compassionate.” It’s a quality that I look for in almost every person I form any kind of relationship with – it matters that much to me. Kindness to cats, and all animals, is the most important to me, but kindness to other human beings is a close second. One of my pet peeves: people who are unkind to waiters or other service personnel.

Research suggests that positive emotions help contribute to better physical and emotional health. And kindness shouldn’t just extend to others, it should also be directed at yourself. Continue Reading

Sunday Purrs: Special Birthday Edition

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Hi everyone, it’s Allegra and Ruby! Don’t tell on us – we snuck on the computer while Mom was asleep. And it’s a good thing we did, because we noticed she didn’t have her usual Sunday Purrs post written for today. That’s just as well, because we were going to delete it and post this instead – because today is Mom’s birthday!

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Allegra’s World: Crazy for Cat Crazies

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Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I want to tell you about my super cool new toys! They’re called Cat Crazies, and they really do drive me crazy – but in a really good way. I like it when Mom tosses one out for me. I go bounding after it, and then I pick it up with my mouth and carry it around.

Mom keeps trying to get me to bring it back to her, but what fun would that be? It’s much more fun to watch her try to get it out after I’ve kicked it under furniture. I try to be very helpful by getting down right next to her when she’s crawling around on the floor.Continue Reading

Ruby’s Reflections: 3rd Adoption Anniversary

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Hi, everyone, it’s Ruby! Today is a very special day for me: three years ago today, my mom brought me home! The last three years have been the best!

Look at the fun collage Mom of kitten pictures that made for me for my anniversary! My favorite is the one of Mom holding my carrier, the day she picked me up from my foster family. She looks so happy. Mom says I still look like a kitten, but I’m a big girl now!

I can’t wait to see what Allegra and Ruby have planned for me today. I hope it involves tuna! Yummy!

Sunday Purrs: Stop Making Yourself Miserable

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Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same. – Francesca Reigler

I usually offer tips and suggestions on how to live a happier life in this column, but sometimes, there is value in identifying what makes us miserable. Awareness is the first important step toward making lasting change, and becoming aware of self-sabotaging habits that get in the way of living our best life can help clear out negative mindsets.

It helps to understand that unhappiness is never the result of external circumstances, but rather, the way we react to those circumstances. Wayne Dyer had it right Continue Reading