Ingrid King looks at the cats in her life to offer her philosophy of life in Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style. Whether or not you're a cat person, there truly are lessons to learn by observing cats.
First, King introduces us to the cats in her life. And, she explains if we take time to observe cats, we'll find ourselves better able to appreciate life. We need to observe and enjoy the magic in life. Make time to play, as all cats do. Slow down and don't rush through life. Anyone who observes cats will realize we need to make more of an effort to get enough sleep. We need to create extra time for quiet contemplation and solitude.
Ingrid King not only observes cats, and relates those observations to human life, but also shares observations of some of life's other philosophers. Each essay begins with a quote. Joseph Campbell, Charles de Lint, Thomas Merton, and, one of my favorites, Leo Buscaglia, are all quoted to set the tone of the essays.
According to King, we can change our lives by taking time to make conscious changes. And, if we just observe cat behavior, there are a number of lessons that can be easily learned. King's lessons are easily understood, and valuable ones. It's a brilliant idea to use cats as lessons as to how to live. The author, who lives and works with cats, has a wealth of material as inspiration. And, she adds humor to the book as time after time she reminds us to make time for the cats. If we just make time for cats, we can improve our health, learn to relax, find time for contemplation and fun. Those who don't like cats might not appreciate the book and the advice. For those of us who are cat lovers, Purrs of Wisdom truly does offer excellent tips to help us live each moment with awareness that we should be living in the moment.
Ingrid King's website is www.IngridKing.com
Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style by Ingrid King. The Conscious Cat. 2013. ISBN 9780988343702 (paperback), 133p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.