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Roxie Does Yoga

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Cats are often known to sleep 80 percent of the day. Ok I heard that somewhere. Animal Planet?? Maybe. I don’t know I don’t get the impression that Roxie and Jean Claude ever sleep – at least not while at my house. Racket, hissing, meowing,preening and request for play go on all night long . Maybe they sleep at CCL’s. In fact, Roxie seems to enjoy watching late night television with me. She has of late become a fan of the “The Nanny.” Also as my Tivo is not working properly I have taken to using Namaste Yoga DVDs. Roxie usually walks the mat – I guess to supervise as she clearly is a yoga fanatic. I often catch her in full and unique pose by the stairs – stretched in Supta Badda Konasana (bent angle pose) or classic cat pose.

Do you know who you are?

Attached is a picture of one of my client’s cats – Mica. As you can see, Mica is extremely comfortable with the two dogs and sleeps every night with them. She thinks she’s a dog. This is because she came in the house at the same time as the dogs and never learned anything different. Her owners never tried to change her mind.

The lesson we can all take away is that you are what you think you are. People poo-poo the power of positive thinking and the power of words. They shun the adage “fake it until you make it” but studies have proven that it works. No matter what is going on in your life right now, smile especially if you don’t feel like smiling. If you aren’t feeling beautiful wake up every morning and look yourself in the mirror and say “I’m gorgeous dahling.” If you aren’t feeling like you are enough, write down three times a day “I am enough just as I am.” Words, written and verbal, have power.

Changing your thinking requires a significant amount of resources in the short-term and then, just like a car, periodic check-ins and tune-ups. The reason that this works is because of Cognitive dissonance. This is a proven psychological principal. It can be used for good or for bad (for example to get people to do things that seem horrific, but let’s not dwell on that).

Where do you want to be? I was telling a friend you should dream big, but plan small. That means that you should have big lofty goals, but the way to get there isn’t to make huge changes. Start with something small. Remember the journey of a 1,000 miles really does begin with one step. And then another, and another and then you’ve gone your 1,000 miles.

Mica is a physically a cat, but she can roll in a dog’s world. Let us know what world you want to roll in and how you are going to get there. Put your dreams out there in the universe.

Boys and Their Toys

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I just found out my nephew Evan, just over one year old, is starting to walk. Evan likes to dance, so does Roxie, she loves music of all kinds. Evan like his “cousin” Jean Claude also likes to make noise. Give Evan a spoon and a pan and sit him in the middle of the floor and bang – bang/pop pop. Recently I’ve had a few deliveries…this has meant empty boxes much to Jean Claude’s delight and while he can’t quite manage a spoon he does love the sound of the box as he pounds against it with his paws.

A Moveable Feast or Simply “Gone Fishin”??

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All They Need is the Tartar Sauce

One of my wonderful co-workers and her husband have three furry creatures…and now also an aquarium full of fish. She sent this photo along with the caption “All they need is the tartar sauce.”

Oh The Humanity

The internet is a wonderful invention. It has improved human life and the quality of life in literally trillions of ways. However, in everything that’s good there must be some bad. The internet allows people to hide anonymously and lose their humanity. Comments that are completely devoid of compassion, empathy, human feeling are made by mothers, fathers, doctors, policemen and others who in day to day contact would never say that to someone’s face. They bully people, beat up on rape victims. In fact Law & Order did an episode where an online “social justice mob” lead to murder. We’ve seen instances of suicides where people have been pushed over the edge. We’ve seen countless instances of how the internet can be used to bring out the worst in humanity.

The internet turns cowards into heros. On the internet there are far more sites dedicated to catching humanity at its worst than to celebrate the wonderful things that occur daily in our lives.

But, we have the power to change that.

With the cats, they do bad things but we forgive them. If they could type, would Jean-Claude post snarky comments on a site about how his mom didn’t give him wet food for two days? Would Roxie post some message about how her Grandma leaves her during the day and she has to sleep on the bed alone?

No, they wouldn’t. They would recognize that they are blessed beyond measure. Today, I will celebrate something good I see in someone and cast aside the negative. It’s easier to be negative than to be positive. Being positive requires more thought, more discipline but once you start thinking the good, you’ll find that it’s easier. Positivity pushes out negativity. Positivity will act as a barrier that negativity can’t cross. The thing about negativity is that it brings you down, but by doing something for someone else. Being kind, celebrating goodness we can counterbalances what’s out there bombarding us.