Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master

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Drawn from the deeply personal reflections of a formerly depressed person, this uplifting story shows how a cat taught meditation and allowed the mind to heal. A lively, magical, and enlightening book, Choosing to Be revolves around a wise Maine Coon cat, his kitten muse and the author Kat Tansey. Together they take the reader on a challenging and often amusing journey from the disorienting haze of depression to the freedom and clarity of the Buddha mind. The narrative is both inspiring and essential for gaining ...

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Overview

Drawn from the deeply personal reflections of a formerly depressed person, this uplifting story shows how a cat taught meditation and allowed the mind to heal. A lively, magical, and enlightening book, Choosing to Be revolves around a wise Maine Coon cat, his kitten muse and the author Kat Tansey. Together they take the reader on a challenging and often amusing journey from the disorienting haze of depression to the freedom and clarity of the Buddha mind. The narrative is both inspiring and essential for gaining an understanding of the inner self, reducing stress, finding inner peace, and knowing the joys and comforts of answering to a cat master.

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Editorial Reviews

Dave Carpenter Peak Performance Show
Kat Tansey has crafted a book sure to be adored by all cat lovers. But even more importantly, this book is a must read for all caught up in a world spinning way too fast.
Guideposts Magazine
A delightful, uplifting book about healing, laughter, and transformation ... an engaging way to introduce the complex art [of meditation] ... a sincere guide to breathing with divine wisdom and finding one's way out of darkness.
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"We could all live more joyful lives if we learn the lessons in Choosing to Be.”  —Aurora Winter, author, From Heartbreak to Happiness

Choosing to Be is destined to affect millions of lives. This captivating and inspiring story illuminates a surprising, yet simple pathway from inner turmoil to inner peace. Kat Tansey is every bit as wise as her eclectic team of Buddha masters.”  —Mary E. Allen, author, The Power of Inner Choice

"Kat discovers and uses Buddhist meditation to free herself from the bonds of depression."  —Howard Eaton, author, The Mystic

“Cats, meditation, and the quest for inner peace—what could be better! Choosing to Be is an intriguing guide to Buddhist meditation and philosophy, with a special twist. Read it and be inspired.”   —Carol Kline, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul

"A delightful, uplifting book about healing, laughter and transformation… an engaging way to introduce the complex art [of meditation] . . . a sincere guide to breathing with divine wisdom and finding one’s way out of darkness."  —Guideposts Magazine

"A rare and wonderful combination of compelling narrative, endearing characters, and accessible, solid meditation instruction, all with a light, humorous touch. Kat Tansey makes it easy to willingly suspend disbelief and learn along with her from the teachings of her resident feline meditation master. A thoroughly enjoyable and 'enlightening' read!"  —Abby Seixas, author, Finding the Deep River

"There are many books on meditation, but none are as precise as this one. Tansey shows how a meditation practice can be troublesome and how to turn those obstacles around."  —Allan Hunter, author, Princes, Frogs and Ugly Sisters: The Healing Power of the Grimm Brothers' Tales

"Kat Tansey guides us in a meditation on the cat, tapping into ancient systems of attention that calm both the spirit and the flesh. Like a great cat, Choosing to Be is a delight, a revelation, and a joy to curl up with."  —Meg Daley Olmert, author, Made For Each Other, The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844095018
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 546,366
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Kat Tansey is an innovative educator who practices Buddhism to heal her depression. She lives in Ojai, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Ordinary Mind

1 Deciding to Stay 5

2 Building the Team 17

3 Just Sitting 25

4 Finding Joy 35

5 Walking on Our Toes 45

6 Dealing with Dogs 57

The Hindrances

7 Letting Go of Tuna-The Hindrance of Clinging 69

8 Lovingkindness-The Hindrance of Anger 79

9 Watching the Water-The Hindrance of Sleepiness 91

10 Catzenbear's Tranquility-The Hindrance of Restlessness 99

11 Poohbear's Rapture-The Hindrance of Doubt 107

Buddha Mind

12 Gaining Wisdom 119

The Four Noble Truths in a Nutshell 133

Acknowledgments 134

Further Reading 137

Bibliography 139

Sources for Quotations 142

About the Author 145

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    Posted April 24, 2014

    To you

    Can i rp. Im active 1-10 im a 8. Um or can i be an adopted kit? Im redish and has white tiped ears, Paws, and tail and green eyes. Ill rp like a normal kit. Thanks

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    Gender - &female Apperance - a red she-cat with white spots and ember eyes.

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