Buddhism and Cats and Everyday Life

I recently moved from San Francisco to Athens, Georgia. I lived in San Francisco for about 16 years and couldn’t have any pets. Since I got to Athens, I’ve accumulated 3 cats. And they have helped me so much in my daily spiritual practice. Being constantly interrupted by a cat that that wants to walk on my laptop or crawl into a cupboard that I opened or sit in the sink when I’m brushing my teeth (I could go on) has made me stop many times throughout my day and practice patience and love. I mean, how can you not love them? And you can not rush through, you need to stop and pet and say sweet things to them; you must be patient.

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Animal Gifts

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Photo by Monkie

I feel so blessed by any connection to animals. I live in a city, San Francisco, and don’t have any pets. Last night I visited a cat that lives in alley, behind a cafe. Over the last 10 years, I’ve watched her go from semi-feral to a real love bug, enjoying petting– and she even lets me pick her up. I am always amazed by her transformation and the love and attention she receives from the people at the cafe and surrounding businesses.

And then this morning, on my windowsill I saw a dove, her eye looking right at me. Then another eye! And another! A whole dove family had graced me with their presence. What a gift!

Have you had any animal gifts lately?