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Princess enjoying her Feline Yogi Cat Mat. She currently is at the Animal Rescue League of Boston waiting for her forever home.
Greetings felines and the humans who serve us!
I, Pippy, have a very special story to share this week. Like most of you Pippy has a very busy schedule. Overseeing production of The Feline Yogi Cat Mat and more importantly making sure that my humans pulls her weight so Pippy doesn’t end up doing everything keep me extremely busy!
I do however manage to carve out some time just for myself! And in that free time lately, I have been studying the sacred yoga text The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. And you thought because I’m a cat that I spent my free time napping, huh? Not Pippy! I am always on a quest to better myself if there is such thing as a cat getting any better than we already are!
The Yoga Sutras outline the eight limbs of yoga which form the foundation of yoga practice. One of those limbs is Yama which is universal morality which includes the characteristic of Ahimsa. Ahimsa means kindness and violence towards all living things. I recently found out about a wonderful example of Ahimsa that I would like to share with you.
I have a pal named Wubbikins who I recently became friends with over the internet whose human writes a wonderful blog called Cat & Birdie.You humans aren’t the only species connecting on-line you know! Now back to my story. Wubbikins recently gave her Feline Yogi Cat Mat to the shelter kitties at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. One cat in particular named Princess has had a particularly hard time adapting to shelter life and Wubbikins wanted her happy so she let her have her green Feline Yogi Cat Mat. Princess loves the mat and her days are much brighter now. This is not just because of the mat but because of the love and concern that Wubbikins showed for her.
Wubbikins on the Green Feline Yogi Mat she gave to her friends at the shelter
You see yoga is not just about how far we can stretch or those fancy beautiful poses we can do with out bodies. Yoga is also about what’s inside us and giving back. Wubbikins knows this and that’s what makes her such a wonderful feline yogi! Let’s all follow Wubbikins’ example and practice some loving kindness each day towards all God’s wonderful creatures.
Until next week….
Meow and Namaste!
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