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“I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.”
September 2010 – After 20 years in a high-pressure career in change management, writer, Kat Tansey’s active life was derailed by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which reached its peak on a cold, grey, rainy morning in 1993, when she faced an important decision: should she stay to fight another day with suicidal depression or should she take her life? Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master by Kat Tansey (Findhorn Press, Fall 2010) is a true account of Kat’s journey from deep depression to emotional wellness, and her story will inspire all those caught on the hamster wheel of life and sufferers of stress and ‘must do’ syndrome.
Choosing to Be is based on real events and real characters. The central characters are the author, a Buddha master – a Maine Coon cat named Poohbear Degoonacoon – and his kitten muse Catzenbear. This compelling book is an account of Kat’s personal journey where she uses her imagination to intuit/hear Poohbear’s wise advice based on his own attitude toward life according to Buddhist teachings – so starkly contrasting with her own at the time.
Choosing to Be offers a unique mix of the author’s personal experience and lessons in how to meditate via her ‘dialogue’ with her cats. These lessons and meditations help the author free herself from the restrictions of ‘ordinary mind’ – a Buddhist term for ‘a mind hindered by clinging, anger, sleepiness, restlessness and doubt’ – and settle into the Buddha mind of wisdom and peace.
“Choosing To Be is a rare and wonderful combination of compelling narrative, endearing characters, and accessible, solid meditation instruction, all with a light, humorous touch. A thoroughly enjoyable and “enlightening” read!”
~Abby Seixas, Finding the Deep River Within
The value of meditation is clearly demonstrated by Kat and her Feline Zen Master in a way that is absorbing and enlightening. Choosing to Be is a self-improvement book with a difference. Even if the reader is not inclined to move towards Buddhist meditation, they will discover relevant and helpful life lessons here. For over-achievers, Choosing to Be will help them discover the importance of why we should stop “doing” and move towards “being” by learning how to make time for ourselves and quietening the busiest mind.
About the Author: Kat Tansey is an innovative and award-winning author of creative non-fiction books about topics that arrive on her life’s doorstep demanding her attention. Kat combines her vivid imagination and investigative mind to make complicated subjects understandable. She is a woman of intense curiosity who sees her life as an adventurous journey of the mind and spirit as much as it is about the events taking place in her own physical life. Kat is based in California.