Buddha Cats – Why do cats sit in a Buddha position? Have you ever looked at a cat sitting back on a wall, looks like a tired old man with his legs throwing out? First time I’ve seen it, thought the cat broke her legs, but it was not the case. This position is so-called
Buddha Position. Why do they do that? A hint is in
This sitting position is seen a lot among Scottish folds, it’s in their genes.
They have an incomplete cartilage of the ears due to osteochondrodysplasia, in other words, they have folded ears because of an innate gene.
This can cause bone defect not just in the ears, but other parts also such as around their wrists. Fused joints can cause pain so that the Scottish Fold tends to sit in the Buddha position to avoid weight on their bones…
This is one of the theories. Anyway, this sitting position of cats is not just seen among the Scottish Folds, but other breeds as well.
It looks somewhat funny, but as always, they don’t care how they look.
When cats sit in a Buddha position, they look even more unique creature.
And they truly are.
They spend a lot of time for self-grooming and the Buddha position come in handy here. They groom themselves by licking all over their bodies thoroughly.
By sitting in a Buddha position, cats can lick their stomach and around their crotch.
They start grooming wherever or whenever they are when they feel like. Cats never get tired of taking care of themselves nor complaining about grooming. They lick their heart out each session.
Buddha Position, Buddha Mind?
Not just their appearance, but cat’s mind have resemblance with a
Buddhist way of thinking.
If you have a cat, you might have seen a cat fall from high ground and fail to land gracefully? Or like slipping on a polished floor.
Do they care about their
fail? Never. They just move on and get to where they were going.
There’s a story which goes like this. Cats have traveled hundreds of miles and found their way back home after being lost.
The cat never lost faith in the path, nor did they worry about how long it will take. They know the only one that can help is themselves.
In this sense, we can call them
Buddha Cats as well.
Not a day goes by chanting their faith like devout Buddhist chants
The Heart Sutra.
Cat’s chanting their faith by purring.
They don’t hesitate to start chanting whenever they find a chance, they sing their heart out with full happiness.
By purring, I mean chanting, cats calm themselves and it goes with their mind as well to maintain their peace.
Cats are a carnivore, but they are not aggressive in fighting. Contrary to fighting, they try to avoid it as much as they can and solve the problem by not fighting.
Cats do what needs to be done just when it needs to be done. No hustle.
Before one is enlightened, one’s mind is full of cluttered thoughts. One is unwilling to eat when it’s time to eat and unwilling to sleep when it’s time to sleep with full of information and ideas, plans and projects.
If one is truly enlightened, one’s life is smooth as he eats when it’s time to eat and sleep when it’s time to sleep with no worries.
What one does is the same, eat, sleep, but one can have freedom and joy in doing them after enlightened. Sounds familiar… Yes, cats seem to be enlightened and always practice their way.
How do cats can maintain their peace? Let’s go back to self-grooming, self-love and no worry mind. Oh, don’t forget to chant the contentment of
Cats Are… Cats
Cats love themselves fully without a single doubt. It is not something decaying as time goes by, but their self-love lasts their whole lives.
This attitude is one of the main things which define cats as they are. They lick and groom themselves while nobody to tell them so. They stretch luxuriantly, and they express their needs to others openly.
Cats build a firm relationship with the ones she trusts and expresses her love freely with them. Many are known to nuzzle, follow, lay on and play with trusted ones.
Every cat is a member of Buddha cats and they truly are affectionate animals despite the circulated image. Take a time to listen to their
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