Animals response to meditation

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Animals response to meditation

Postby BrittanyTheBuddhist » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:19 pm

This will probably be one of the strangest things you've read on here,
But I own two cats and whenever I use the word "ohm" they run in panic. I've owned another cat as well as dogs who don't mind when I meditate, and these two cats are completely content when I'm repeating mantras, but as soon as I mutter ohm, they panic. The reason I am on here now is because once again I was meditating with them sleeping by my side, and even though I say ohm in a very quiet, peaceful, pleasant tone, they immediately woke and one bolted into the bathroom and the other behind the curtains.
I'd lock them out, but they're attached at my hip and will cry at the door and attempt to upon it until the succeed.
Has anyone ever heard of something so crazy, or why they might be doing this?
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Re: Animals response to meditation

Postby futerko » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:18 am

Funny, thanks for sharing. Maybe as they are so attached to you, they have a fear of cultivating non-attachment? :tongue:
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Re: Animals response to meditation

Postby Ayu » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:45 am

In my experience all cats are like this. They all react in some individual way on the vibrations of meditation.
Some like some dislike certain practices.

Maybe it would be interesting to find out if there is any point where they stop running wild when you chant "Om". :smile: Like in a sientific test series.

Once as i was on a meditative walk, doing the Vajrasattva-Mantra, i met a cat. It was on the hunt for a mouse... I just felt pitty for the mouse and stopped my walk, looking at the cat, chanting in my mind, thinking nothing special further.
The cat looked at me, stopped hunting, laid down and started to purr. This seemed to me quite fascinating and i kept standing there, chanting, waiting "When will this cat stop purring?"
We remained like this for many minutes - until i thought, i have to move along. When i started to leave the cat jumped off and ran away. :jumping:
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From beginningless time, are suffering,
What can we do with (just) our own happiness?
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Re: Animals response to meditation

Postby lobster » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:47 pm

I use the word "ohm" they run in panic.


ah yes, known some human cats behave like that . . . :shrug:
maybe you need to learn to om-purr felid style?
Start them off on mmmm (humming) and add a bit of increasing 'O'

O m m m m m m oggy petme hum m m m m m :heart:
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Re: Animals response to meditation

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:29 pm

My cat is actually the opposite, she is really fascinated by sitting and by Manis, she hangs out on the altar and sniffs at the Buddhas, she seems comfortable around it...I hope it does something for her.
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is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen
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Re: Animals response to meditation

Postby randomseb » Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:19 am

The specific sound vibrations you make when you say ohm perhaps are just unpleasant to your specific cat's ears?
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Re: Animals response to meditation

Postby Ayu » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:07 pm

My cat (it was a male like an old distinguished gentleman) always began to panic when he heard Punkmusic.
And he enjoyed extremely the oldfashioned music from people like Johannes Heesters.
For example like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwMAQ9ocKaE
When he heard this he immediately started to purr.
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From beginningless time, are suffering,
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