When Cats Pray

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is a daily admission of one’s weaknesses. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Prayer is a communion of the physical and the divine. It is man’s way of being in tune with the divine and somehow uplifts its spirit from all the stress that the world has. It is through prayers that man achieves a sense of well-being. But, it is not only man that prays; even animals seek divine intervention and guidance on what to do with their daily whereabouts. Like human, they too seek spiritual communion with God, and be one with the divine. Seeing a child praying fervently in the church’s pew could be one very heart warming moment. It is like an innocent cherub is asking for guidance from above to lead him to the right direction in this vale of tears. Such scene could be one of the cutest things you will ever see, as it portrays innocence and purity of heart. But, a cuter scene than a child praying in the Church’s pew, is the picture of a cat whose paws are somewhat joined together in prayer; while the cat’s head is somewhat glancing and looking up above, on the heavens, asking for miraculous interventions of some sort. Cats really have this unique way of charming people; and with its prayer-like gesture plus the innocence of sending its prayers to the one above is really a very good symbolism that makes it even more endearing. And if ever you would see your cat do such act, you would for sure feel a gladdening in your heart. Well, the cat’s act could be perceived as praying-gesture or it could be that the cat is just begging you to give it food or asking you to pet it. But, either way, whether the cat is praying or not, it is still a very gladdening scenario. But, in case you haven’t seen your cat do the act of praying; well, you just have to observe your pet even more, so that you will be more charmed by it. Whatever the cat is doing, be it contemplating, meditating, praying or just merely trying to get your attention for you to give it foods; well, it is still a very good scenario to observe. It is one that will take your breath away, and will leave you saying “Ahhh,” or you might wonder why your cat is praying. But ultimately, it is a good scene to observe. Well, have you camera ready...

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What Our Eyes Tell

Charles Darwin once said that, “We must look at weeping as an incident result, as purposeless as the secretion of tears from a blow outside the eye.” He regarded crying as something that is totally useless and serves no important meaning, or that it convey insignificant emotion to others. But, could crying or weeping or even a depressive look in our eye sans the tears mean nothing? Well, “where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.” Rather than seeing what our eyes do as something that is purposeless, it is important to see it as something that we can convey messages what we can’t through words. It is our eyes that can display what we truly feel inside, a show window of our soul. Our eyes are medium to tell to others what we truly feel. There are moments that we feel sad, and become helpless to display it to others for fear of what reactions it will generate; but, no matter what we feel, it is our eyes that will truly display what emotions are buried deep within us. It is our eyes that reveal the real feelings no matter how hard we try to cover our façade. You can tell whether a person is telling the truth or lying just by looking at the person’s eyes. You can tell if he or she is happy or not, just by staring at the eyes. Indeed, the eyes reveal, what our face or gestures cannot. As humans, we are truly lucky to have eyes that shed tears when we are emotionally distress. Any other animal species would just shed tears when in physical pain, but humans display emotions through the eyes both in physical and emotional pain. And with it, we have developed a certain mechanism in our brains whenever we see someone become distress. The eyes paved the way for such evolutionary process, and it is through this process that compassion is also born. Our eyes, especially when it generate tears, is a form of distress calls, as a way to ask help from others to be compassionate with what we are feeling, even if we are helpless to seek for help. Our eyes signal helplessness for others to help us, in whatever emotional pits we are at. Our eyes are the channels to make it known whatever we feel deep within us; and the signal, something that we are giving through our eyes, that transcend beyond culture and time. It is universal because it is a thing that is imbedded in every human being. It is something that is done by every single race....

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What a Simple Touch Could Do

“To care for the once who cared for us is one of the highest honors.” When we were young, when we were fragile and helpless to walk the earth on our own, we had our parents to guide us and help us walk through the many adversities, trials and challenges that were there for us during our infant years. It is our parents or guardian who made sure that we will grow up safe and secure. It is them who dedicate their whole life, just so we can walk this earth and become safe from whatever uncertainties that will come to us, as we grow up. It is very essential that when they are old, and they are no longer able to look and take care for themselves, will we start to take in the shoes of a caregiver just like what they did when we were young. The elderly, just like any other person, deserves all the right care and love they could ever have. And one very simple expression of showing it is by touching them and holding their hands. It is through touch that we can truly show how much we care for them. It is through touch that we can channel how we are going to safeguard them in their frail years, just like how they safeguarded us when we were frail in our childhood years. It is through the care giving process that we can show, as well as learn, what love truly mean. Sometimes in an abrupt way, we find ourselves filling on certain tasks and responsibilities that they can’t do. It can start with paying their bills, doing their shopping, and soon would become more and more intensive. Adjusting to such roles is a very important milestone both between the caregiver and the one receiving the care. If you happen to be slowly filling the shoes of taking care of your elderly parents or significant others, you will for sure learn how difficult it is to juggle it with your other activities such as your job. But at the same time, you will realize that by doing it, you have that sense of fulfillment, because you have done something what any loving person would do, and that is to spare time to help them get through with this part of their life. Just your time, or a simple gesture like a touch or tap or a hug would mean so much to the elderly that you are going to take care for. It may be a simple gesture that you are going to give to them, but for them it means a...

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Predator and Prey: Love for the First Time

“He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.” Remember this line from the movie Call of the Wild? Well, it definitely captures what the relationship of a prey and predator is. It is something that is about survival of the fittest, where the predator would always win over the prey, and where the prey will serve as the nourishment for the predator to survive. What common predator and prey relationship that you know of? Lions and gazelles? Eagles and monkeys? Rabbits and wolves, or the domestic cat and mice? Well, these are just some of the most common participant in the predator and prey relationship. But what if you see two animals, that fit to being a predator and prey, and they are going well with one another? Yes, say a dog is cuddling with rabbits in your backyard, or when your cat is playing and not chasing with your house mouse? It would definitely give you a heartwarming feeling that somehow, there could be a change on how nature does things. It might probably give you some creep, but somehow you will feel a sense that something is definitely bound to change. It gives you a feeling that not all enemies, even if they are built to be one, could be enemies forever. Have you seen such kind of cases? Have you seen your cat play with the mouse as if they are best friends since birth? Or have you seen your dog kiss and smell lovingly the rabbits in your backyard? Such cases of unique animal behaviors that somewhat ‘deviate from the norm’ could be so awesome when we witness it firsthand. In a sense, it will prove to us that things can change and nothing that is believed to be permanent is permanent. Moreover, it will also give us a feeling of confusion, as to why those kinds of things happen. And for unknown reasons, we will be left dumbfounded. But, if such things occur to you, and you witness it firsthand, don’t fret; rather, savor the moment that somehow, you are experiencing a break in nature’s rules, that probably not all rules are meant to be followed, or probably some rules are need to be bent to accommodate certain instances that seem to be extraordinary. At the end of the day, just like what the movie Call of the wild said, “Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time.” And predators and prey could also live...

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Behind Newborn Photography

What comes to your mind when you hear newborn photography? Maybe you’ll immediately associate it with fragile? Memories worth treasuring? Innocence perhaps? Well, that is probably it! A touché! Those words would immediately sum up what newborn photography is. Since, it involves a baby that is new to the world; the word fragile would definitely top the list of the adjectives to associate what newborn photography is. But don’t you ever wonder why, even if the child or newborn is fragile, many mothers or parents would still want to have seemingly artistic photographs of their newborn child? Well, it could be that they want to preserve the innocence of their child in pictures which they can see over and over even in the course of time. Or it could be that they just want to treasure such wonderful memory that they have with them. There are various artistic ways in which newborns pose! Yes, even if they haven’t seen how real supermodel poses; they do have their unique and innate way of unleashing the photogenic side in them. You read that right! If you have seen one, you probably mentioned a lot of “ahhh!” or “how cute!” or whatever reaction you may have. Well, you’d better be, because newborns really don’t pose, they just somewhat sleep most of the time when they are photographed. And the photographer or parents will have to do all the posing for them. And guess what? Often, the photographer uses a bird’s eye view to capture photographs of newborns! Also, it is not only cute to see results of newborn photography—that is, the picture. Well, there are issues behind the pictures, if you don’t know. Remember that newborns have their own timetable and needs, and during photo shoots, the newborn may want to feed, or whatsoever, so there is distraction and whatnot during the photo shoot session. Definitely, the photographer, as well as the parents, needs to be creative most of the time! They must be able to utilize all fun props that they can ever think of, and maximize whatever is available to them. So if you see photos of newborns with wedding rings on their feet, the parents definitely maximized the resources that were available to them, and that is their rings. It is definitely creativity at its finest! Seeing newborn photographs would definitely make our hearts melt because it is like seeing cherubs sleep in our very bosom. It is also like being in heaven, or seeing a glimpse of it, the most. Well, newborn photographs also serve as way to capture a moment in time, the moment where the child...

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What Dogs Teach About Happiness

We each have our own moments of happiness. Our childhood happiness could be one where we jump constantly on the bed as we pillow fight with our friends, or it could be running around the yard playing with the grass sprinkler. Some simple things in life could be very fun and leave lasting impression on our minds. These simple things bring us so much joy when we were young, that we could possibly do it everyday. There are so many things that could provide us so much joy, and these things need not be expensive or lavish. Now growing up, we often associate fun with events that are too expensive to do; that we forget that true happiness is in the form of simple pleasures. The simple enjoyment that you have is also joy to dogs. So, the next time you think about the fun things you do when you were a child, your dog could have fun with it as well and you better play it with them! If you have ran around your yard playing with water, and you find it fun to do, remember that your dogs also enjoy doing it. If you have jumped on your bed for an hour, your dog would love to try to do it as well. Simple things that you find enjoying in your childhood are definitely enjoying for dogs. They also want to do the things you have done when you were a kid. Dogs find fun and happiness in simple things, just like the kid version of you do. It is very admirable for dogs to be able to revel on things like running, jumping around, and playing at the backyard—it is admirable how they find happiness on simple things. If you have seen dogs wagging their tails with these activities, then it is for certain that they are having the good time of their life. But, if you see a dog protruding its tongue, closing its eyes and just simply reveling on the happiness that playing with bubbles bring, then you for certainly have seen what it’s like to be on cloud nine. Yes! Dogs find fun in chasing bubbles and popping them with their tongue or with their snout. They do have these unique qualities of enjoying such kind of simple pleasure. What such event tells us is that we should find happiness in every simple thing that we do. Dogs are testament that life is too short to look for happiness in expensive things, and posh events. Real happiness is found in many things that seem ordinary, and dogs prove that life should be lived...

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