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The self-care mastery of cats

The self-care mastery of cats

November 3, 2018
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What are you thinking about?, I asked.

He looked at Pop the cat lying next to him on the sofa, carefully grooming himself, and said I am thinking about the self-care of cats. They are absolute masters at self-care. Look at him – carefully, meticulously and with the greatest care in the world, he’s gently taking really good care of himself. Licking his front leg, over and over, slowly brushing his leg over his face, licking once more, brushing his face. He, like all cats, simply excels at self-care.

Boom.
Yes!
That’s it.
That is what cats are, the self-care masters of the world!

I greatly enjoy watching Pop when he wakes up in the morning (often at the foot end of my bed, where he gladly can stay the entire night – never too long in one place, in one position, knowing, albeit he’s deep in sleep, that his body still needs to move to be supple in the morning), slowly stretching, growing to twice his length by reaching as far as he can with both front and hind legs. Twisting and turning his spine, getting vertebraes, blood, muscles and sinews going – mimicking Turning Torso, or rather, giving a perfect example of why Calatrava called his building just that.

And as I sit here, in the sofa once more (yes. I like my sofa.), guess who just came to snuggle up close to me? Yup, Pop the cat. And guess what he’s doing? Yup, practicing self-care! He’s a great role model, and an even greater reminder for me to practice self-care, as he’s around a lot (which he is because he’s a truly sociable cat, enjoying the company of people young and old alike).

My morning green smoothie, my Seven, my Headspace-meditation, my blogging, my reading, my moving around – a walk, a bike ride, a slow run. Those are the self-care-practices that come to mind, when I think about it. Having deep conversations with significant friends is another one, that is high on the list.

What type of self-care do you practice? And who is your guiding light, your role model, reminding you about taking good care of yourself?

 

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Beyond words

September 24, 2016
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I am beyond words.

As I close my eyes, I see swathes of vibrant colorful blobs of paint exploding onto a blank piece of canvas.
A large canvas, expanding in all directions. an endless amount of space to paint.

Life. Love. Liberation.

KlasInfluenced by Klas Parknäs, the wonderful Finder I have had the pleasure of spending two afternoons with at the Gothenburg Book Fair, ending tomorrow. I left today, and won’t be there physically to witness the birth of this Gift to the world.

But I am there. In spirit.

As Klas has been painting, talking, listening, standing radiant in his inspiration, he is a guiding light for me, right now. Shining a light, bright enough for me to better be able to make out the shoreline, far away in the distance. I have left the life boat, and I am swimming. Stroke by stroke, shore is coming closer.

Life. Love. Liberation.

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