Next Door’s Cat

We’ve been acquired by next door’s kitten. We call her ‘Ninja’ on account of her antics and acrobatics which cause us no end of amusement. Thankfully she is learning that lying in the middle of the road waiting for a passing car to rub her belly is not a good idea. Her favourite game is ‘chase the stick’ which involves bombing round the settee and doing high fives. The rest of the time, when she’s not napping or visiting home, she’s out hunting. Rodents beware! Watching her hunt is like watching an Olympian gymnast, high jumper, 100 metre sprinter and tight rope walker all rolled into one – no training needed. Her litheness, natural balance and rebound is refreshing to watch as is her ability to completely surrender her body when curled up on her cushion.  I was like that once.

So were you.   Toddlers naturally use their bottoms as ballast, their heads as periscopes, give up their bodies at the end of the day and wake up full of beans. So what happened?  Life – in all it’s glory.  Or to be more particular, I should say our response to life and its challenges.  In Britain we think suppressing our emotions is strong and brave.   But it’s got to go somewhere – if not out then in.  To our bodies.  So we clamp down and lock the emotion in. Eventually, by the time you’ve got to my sort of age, poise and grace is something you appreciate in other animals, toddlers or tribal natives!

So, how to regain that natural balance and ease of movement?  Start by chucking out the trash you’ve put in. Recognise and weed out the habits, attitudes and reactions that are compromising your natural flow.  And as you enjoy your new found lightness of being in your bod remember to kick a few cans every now and then.

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