Cat Cafe: the secluded island of purr

I never took the time to evaluate my relationship with the four-legged creatures. Yet any time I would interact with a pet, I would feel elated and overjoyed to the point where purchasing one seemed like a brilliant idea. Thankfully (I guess), the rational mind kicks in just at the  right time, reminding about the unsuitable logistics and shortcomings for such matter.

block_1Oh but Cat Cafes are such a convenient way to interact with those happy-go-lucky creatures, without any commitment or responsibilities (and they serve coffee!!!). Of course, I can only imagine the potential bond that pets and their owners develop, but for now I am feeling blessed for this option to come, pet, purr and go.

Also, it might be just me, but it seems that the vibs in these places are exceptionally peaceful and soothing, as everyone is relaxed, blissfully wandering around, smiling, giggling, cuddling… What an isolated purring island, remote from all the noise and roar of the outer world. That’s where you’ll find me.

Purringly,

Pupa

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My Top 10 Quick Happiness Fixes

Seemingly, I have developed a peculiar way to deal with the feelings of anger, panic, anxiety, frustration, unfairness, blame or just pity for myself. First, I feed myself with highly charged negative thoughts to heighten my emotions until I tear up and eventually start  bawling. Then I eat. And then I cry some more, passionately continuing an angry inner-dialogue. Ultimately I get tired of that and let it go.

Today I fell to the same pattern again, except this time,  after stuffing myself with cookies, I had … a clarifying moment. An understanding, that it is me who is creating this drama and that no one else is suffering from it but myself, washed through me and I decided to cut it off. Yet the tricky part is that the anger I generated, just like a snowball, was already rolling downhill and continued to acquire more and more momentum. To allow momentum to pass, I simply breathed-in and out several times and for a moment attempted to focus on the present moment.

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Then I started to think about the Quick Happiness Fixes that usually cheer me up. These are the ones that work for me:

  1. Treating myself with a dessert or a sweet latte drink from a coffee shop.
  2. Watching bloopers of my favorite TV comedy shows (“Friends” especially).
  3. Listening to a stand-up special.
  4. Putting THAT song on.
  5. Taking a long hot shower.
  6. Talking myself down by reminding myself of how fantastic my life is, how much I’m taking it for granted, how grateful I should be instead and how minuscule my first world problems are.
  7. Taking time off from everything and everyone, and just running off to some place where no one knows me.
  8. Checking some things off my to-do list.
  9. Creating something.
  10. Taking attention from myself by being kind to someone else.

According to others, wandering in nature, exercising or meeting up with friends come a long way in cooling a boiling mind down. It would be super interesting and useful to hear what works for you… ?

With much relief,

Pupa

Diving into the Creative Vortex (AKA good-kind-of-madness)

How does inspiration feel like? What happens when we create?

“When an actor is on the stage improvising and creating on spot, his aura lights up in a bright electric blue color,” – my theater teacher told me once. Though I don’t see auras (just yet.. heh),  that image got deeply  ingrained in my mind.

Whilst in the creative Vortex people do seem to be aligned to something that is way Greater (if not with the Life itself). The sparkling energy, the brain buzz and the sharp focus that the creative process evokes is one of the most sublime ways to treat ourselves.

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For me this “Pupatopia” project serves as a delicious niche to create. I revel in the joy of manifesting an idea into a physical reality, of capturing the moments and editing the pictures, of tuning into the stream of consciousness, then polishing the writing and sending it out to the World.

How do you access the field of potentiality? Do you write? Draw? Sing?  Dance? Color-code the closet? Decorate the cupcakes?  Whatever it is — let’s dive into this good-kind-of-madness.

Madly,

Pupa

P.S. Bonus: a fabulous TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert