Chillax Like a Zen Master Kitty Cat

I went to the doctor today for what thankfully turned out to be a pesky little virus. As has happened in the past, my blood pressure was a bit elevated. I have intermittently experienced high blood pressure since I was a teenager, when during a hospitalization I was monitored daily for what was reading in the 150s over the 110s.

My gut tells me that my on the high side blood pressure is a result of my reaction to stress — and even if it isn’t, stress certainly doesn’t help my blood pressure relax. Lucky for me, I share my home with three cats who, on the side, serve as humble Zen masters who constantly remind me how to respond to my environment in a healthier way.

First of all, Cookie, Pebbles and Bam Bam don’t hold a grudge. They can’t help but react, rather than gently respond, to the subtle annoyances in life — like when the cute-cute face does not immediately result in a treat. Yet moments later, they are purring, snuggling, and reclining belly up in close proximity to their treat stingy human friends.

Resting, playing, and enjoying the moment are my cat friends’ priorities, not something they try to squeeze in when they can find the time. It is simply a way of life for them. In addition, they appreciate the small things in life — like a squirrel climbing up a pole or rekindling a relationship with a long-favoured toy. These momentary delights are happily absorbed into their hearts, sustaining their vivid engagement with life.

In the safety and pleasance of my home, with three Zen masters to serve as an example, I should be able to embrace a sense of ease and simplicity at every moment, regardless of the circumstances in which I may be immersed — no matter how disturbing and enduring they may seem. Animals are friends and healers with tremendous wisdom to share.

All of Me

I have been writing online in one form or another since 1998. I recall developing my first website in my West Philadelphia apartment. It was simply and aptly titled ‘Utopia.’ Having long harboured the dream of publishing a magazine, online media presented an opportunity for me to share my ideas without the resources that would be necessary to publish well in print.

Since then, I have started, and failed to maintain, three blogs — all focused on one specific topic, one particular aspect of my interests and ideations. The most successful of these was The Activist’s Muse which I published, both regularly and sporadically, for about three years. More recently I published the Whole Happy and Healthy blog, which focused on emotional wellness.

And now, I am going to publish everything in one place — right here! It makes sense to simplify and streamline my work, particularly because I have not succeeded in maintaining my prior blogs as steadfastly as I had aspired. But more importantly, it is also indicative of my maturation and realization that I can and should exist, both offline and on, as a whole person — all of me — rather than sharing one piece here and another, somewhat separate piece there.

This blog will be a place for me to share all of my future writing, that which doesn’t quite fit thematically into other established channels, and that which is personal, unfinished, raw, and unapologetic. I will also use this space to share those polished pieces that appear elsewhere on the net, as well as to update readers on other projects in which I am involved.

Thank you for being here with me, for listening to me, and for sharing this small piece of the planet with me.