relax completely

Relax completely, like a cat!

If you spend any time at my house, it quickly is obvious that we have 3 cats. ‘Brother’ and “Sister”, our 4 year olds from the same litter and ‘Amok’, a kitten that showed up in our driveway early last Summer.

‘Brother’ is laid-back and is happiest when Mom is around to baby him and treat him as the king he suspects he really is. ‘Sister’ is more adventurous but loves to sleep on my feet and purrs loudly in her sleep.Sister

‘Amok’ got her name because she runs…amok. Chaos and Mayhem were close contenders for her name. Almost constantly in motion, jumping and running… well amok.Amok

All our cats (even ‘Amok’) seem to find the perfect spot to collapse and sleep. Usually it is somewhere that we have to hunt them down but sometimes the place they choose is right in the midst of the house. For ‘Brother’ and ‘Sister’ anyway. ‘Amok’ usually manages to be placed in lock-up, where she sleeps and recharges, planning her next reign of destruction.

“Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?” Karen BrademeyerBrother

“…ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely” for us mere humans is a seemingly impossible task. From our very beginnings of hunting (and being hunted) to our modern society stress has been a constant in our lives. Perhaps we have only the small windows at our birth and at our end to truly relax completely.

In between, we are surrounded by the almost frantic stream of information. We are bombarded with expectations and thrust into the spotlight, center stage of our parents/caregivers and later ourselves. The competition can be brutal; we have to learn more, faster. To be better than the others. To accomplish more.

And we lose that ability, that gift of just being in the moment, of relaxing. To regain that, we reach out to others, to various activities, to alcohol and chemicals. We look inside ourselves, reach toward a Higher Being.

Finding our way should be simple. In fact, it can be!

There have been many wise men, even Holy men and women who have shared what they have learned. You can spendSister 2 years studying and practicing their teachings. Do you have the time, the dedication? Most of us make do with a few classes, perhaps the occasional week-end retreat; but there are ways to learn, to relax without a major investment of time and resources.

Just over to your right, you can find my Mindfulness ToolBox category. Some simple ways to relax and the 5 basic Mindfulness exercises that will get you started on the path to relaxation. Add in some music and you should be good to go. It will take some time, some practice but you can relax and unwind.

But, like most of us, you want it now. There is a whole world of holistic alternatives available. For example, “Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems. In the United States, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).”

I recommend HBN Trilogy (more info on this Aruyvedic superfood).

“…ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely”

Perhaps us mere humans will never achieve complete relaxation like our cats do but with time, practice and with a healthy lifestyle we can relax and let the daily stress be just a passing moment in our day, not the defination of it.

Take some time for yourself each day. Try to relax completely, like aa cat.  You have my word, the World and it’s stress will wait for you. Comments and questions are always welcome, just scroll down and leave me your suggestions for relaxing!

Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders

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