24.4.13

DAY 365+68

when they purr

While I was taking these photos of this little lady, she was purring loud and clear all the time. I was not touching her or talking to her, I was just trying to capture her lovely posture and the light in the terrace but the consistent pattern and frequency of her purr, made me feel relaxed and and more focused on what I was doing 


Even when many types of sound usually distract my attention (including voices and music) and makes me feel annoyed,  cat´s purr improves my concentration, and not only when I am interacting with them, but also when they are by my side and I am devoted to my own matters

This made me think about this low vibrant sound, usually considered as expressing some kind of sensorial satisfaction. It has been produced by my cats along so many different circumstances, that I have realized long time ago that it must have a deeper meaning apart from that

Indeed cats often purr when we provide them social contact, but also while they are under duress, and in particular when they are recovering from illness, and when they are happy with themselves or with what is happening around. They purr for not apparent reasons at all and when they are alone and think no one is listening them



I think that cat´s purr is a means of relate to people and communicate, but also a means of self-healing; a way to show contentment and also, a way to keep (or recover) some kind of tranquility. Last -but not least- I feel that it is an expression of love and acceptance for what they are living in a given moment

I know that many persons thinks that pets can´t feel that because these are complex emotions belonging to human beings, but I can´t help remembering my cat MalĂș purring when she was dying. This simple act of surrender marked a milestone in my own life by teaching one of the greatest lessons about being in the present and consciousness

Cats seem to know how to enjoy little pleasures, show delight, make the way back to their center once and again (maybe this is the reason why it´s said that they have nine lives) and be where they are without questioning fate 

This playful and darling kitty is the proof. And their purr seems to me an attempt to reveal her secret to those who want to pay attention

13 comments:

Aga Gasiniak said...

She is so,so pretty Zena and she looks like she is happily purring. I do agree all animals feel. I love when my cat purrs. it makes me happy and calm too. Thank you for your post I completely relaxed by reading it. Much love and big purr to you.

Nonnie said...

I have two cats; Jax looks like yours, but has a broader face. Ting Ting is a Siamese. She loves attention, but prefers not to be held; yet she purrs when I force her to be held for a very short while. Purring does ease me and make me relax; I'm not sure that I concentrate better, but I certainly do enjoy hearing purring.

Lisa Gordon said...

She is so beautiful, and I really think she loves the camera!

Christian Jones said...

oh my, this was amazing and beautiful.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Beautiful pictures. Such lovely light on her.

Wifsie said...

Your cat's purring makes me think of my daughter's humming. Whenever she's content with the present moment, she hums. It's a lovely 'noise' around the house. I agree, surrendering is one of the most important steps on our journey to consciousness; understanding its power, like your cat does. ♥

Barbara Schwartz said...

I think I'll purr some today. I've been in a funk and maybe that would be self nurturing!

Rita said...

Wonderful shots with the light! I LOVE cats and purring is definitely healing now that I think about it. :)

Diane said...

I love this post....your thoughtful words and the beautiful light you captured in these photos. I can feel your love for your cat. Purring is good.

Cindy Swainson said...

Lovely lighting and close-up connection with kitty. Love how you ponder these things!

xoxo

Donna said...

Beautiful cat and perfect capture. You can tell she is purring just by looking at her. The lighting is lovely.

Clipped Wings said...

I've always thought the same of my cats. I've looked through some of your posts. Very nice.

Kim Vealey said...

Whenever I try and photograph my cat, he turns at the very last second, leaving me with 567 pictures of his side profile. And I agree, a purring kitty warms the soul.

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