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If you’ve been wondering what people are talking about when they say they are living more mindfully, allow us to explain with what we call, “the cat trap.”
Have you ever been lucky enough to have a cat sit on your lap? They put their full weight on you. All you can do is sit still and breathe slowly. You notice the warmth of the cat on your lap. The warmth of your back on the chair. You slowly run your fingers through their fur. You feel the softness. You simply breathe and stroke the cat’s back. Perhaps you notice the cat’s ears. They have little hairs at the very top. The cat begins to purr. You can feel the vibrations on your legs. Your ears hear the calming sound of the purr. You pet the cat. You can’t go anywhere or be distracted – you’re trapped under the kitty. <Ooops, you left your phone in the other room.> All you can do is sit and be present with the fluffy cat that is melting into your lap. The purring vibrations, the warmth, the smells in the air, the feeling of the soft fur running through your fingers.
This is a mindful moment. Sitting, pausing, noticing, experiencing.
Finding moments of mindfulness in our everyday life is not complicated but it does take patience. You can practice with any moment throughout the day, no kitty required. Try it today!
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