My name is Zeus, and I currently live in Houston, Texas. I am quite familiar with your show, and I know that one of your mantras is to find your spirit. As I find your show very inspiring and heartwarming, I desired to do just that. I wanted to share my extraordinary journey of self-discovery with you, and hence, I write you this tale.
You have mentioned how to get rid of the "monkey mind", to stop being obsessed with rank and priviledge. This one was hard for me as I try very hard not to compare myself to other feline bloggers in the blogosphere, but I often find myself not measuring up. It was difficult to shed my obsession for Kukka-Maria, The Crew, The Meezers, and so many others. However, the comparing and contrasting needed to stop somehow as I was only hurting myself, and so I pushed forward.
I took your informative What Are You Hiding From Quiz to establish what was holding me back. Your advice was unbelievably spot on:
So I decided to give myself the best therapy I knew how: a nap. It's amazing how much better everything is after you allow yourself a nap. I believe my human pet's mother may be onto something when she says, "Eat. Sleep. It will be better in the morning."
You deliberately "go blind" to significant aspects of your experience: maybe your own behavior, maybe someone else's, maybe both. Create a space and time for looking squarely at the truths you may be hiding from yourself. Group therapy or one-on-one counseling could make this easier and more effective.
When I woke up, I knew the final thing I needed to accomplish was to discover what truths I had within myself. I was tired of listening to a barrage of stereotypes and innuendoes thrown on me by homo sapiens everywhere. I realized I had to take Life Coach Dr. Martha Beck's advice, and I had to come up with at least two to three little things I could say to myself every morning so I could remain true to myself. After some serious contemplation, I came up with the following:
1. I am infinitely precious.
2. I am worthy of being stroked and rubbed.
3. I am validated when I validate others.
What do you think, Ms. Winfrey? I have to say that after saying those repeatedly into the bathroom mirror, I only end up giggling. Is that not one positive aspect to all of this self-discovery: a renewed sense of humor?
I know that, thanks to you, my life has changed forever. I don't know what I would have done without you and your terrific show. I look forward to learning more about this intriguing process, and I hope to hear from you soon.