"Give yourself permission to enjoy the freedom of playfulness," Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way.
Over a path of several years, cats came into Emilie's life.
One invited himself in when his owners left town, Oliver.
Another came into the yard and caused disturbance with Oliver. Now Extra Orange has mellowed a bit. He is proud of his good looks and charm, posing for the camera with a Hollywood cattitude.
At 7 months rascal, Robert Longpaws, was next. Rob hid under the couch while Oliver swatted at the long white paws reaching out. Once Robcat leaped into the air and landed on purpose on Oliver's back.
Oliver's mood lifted and his playfulness increased with the introduction of an energetic youngster.
"Become like a young kitten," Jou, Tsung Hwa
Observing a animals is a study of relationships, the ebb and flow of group dynamics, personalities, and power plays can be humorous or need watchful observance.
A pet is a good friend.
Pets of all kinds teach compassion, empathy, play, and much more while balancing action and rest, a giving and receiving of spirit. We can recognize ourselves in the lessons and love taught by animals.
Being is Believing~
Stars and Snow, Spirit of Phoebe (Nov 2010), What Kind of Animal are You? (Jan 2011), Escape Artists (Feb 2011), Mrs. Harris is a Sand Cat (May 2011), Welcoming Mrs. Harris (July 2011), The Little Chessie that Could (Sept 2011), Intuitive Teachers (Jan 2012), Fully Present (May 2012), Catch the Wind (Oct 2012) and Thermodynamics Self Taught (Nov 2013)
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way and other books help unlock creativity
Jou, Tsung Hwa, The Tao of Taijiquan, and The Tao of Meditation from a mathematician and Tai Chi expert.
Photos by Emilie:
Oliver in Sunlight
Extra Orange How did he get his name? "He's an extra cat, and he's orange."
The Golden Receiver
I saw this photo in AARP Magazine and was transfixed by the image: bonds of love, a giving and receiving from both parties. I tore the picture out and put it on my refrigerator. When I first saw the photo, I said to myself, "The Golden Receiver!"