That latter struck me as slightly strange – although I could sort of guess that by invoking the vibe of contentment even when distressed, cats might be soothing themselves.
Turns out there might be more to it than that.
The article asks us to think of the healing problem cats face in the wild. They’re sedentary a lot. So if they injure themselves – Cod forbid break a bone or sprain a knee – they’d be losing out on weight-bearing movement (which assists in bone density) and stimulation of the circulatory system (which assists in soft-tissue suppleness).
Movement can also re-injure, or prevent healing. And it can be really uncomfortable where there’s swelling.
Purring, I now learn from the article, is at a vibrational frequency that promotes bone growth and fracture healing, pain relief, swelling reduction, wound healing, muscle growth and repair, tendon repair, and mobility of joints.
So isn’t it wonderful to suppose that purring might be healing for cats, as well as for us? We know how divinely happy it makes us when our furry friends purr at us. Nice to think they’re healing themselves, too, while they’re at it.
I had one more thought. What if awareness of our own breath is our version of purring?
How else to explain the truly amazing results of meditation?
Following the breathing, serving a similar function as purring.
It’s been my experience . . . . Nothing like it. And – it’s free as air!
Course, I do realize that by enthusing in this manner, I’m shirking my patriotic duty to consume, to support the economy.
To the GreenPaper Police, I say this:
I take care of my shopping and marketing obligations in other ways.