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« How to think like a cat » by Stéphane GARNIER

home slider, Littérature arts cinéma février 22, 2018 Pluton Magazine

By Dominique LANCASTRE
An interview with Stéphane GARNIER author of How to think like a cat
at HarperCollins Publisher

Why this book?

This desire comes from my personal experience with my cat, Ziggy.

We’ve lived together for fourteen years. He’s a true life companion.

I like the independence of cats, the way they create their own area of freedom and well-being.

I have always been fascinated by his sense of detachment, of letting-go. He’s always looked happy. Why? What’s his secret?

In multiple situations, I began to observe his attitude and his reactions when facing an impossibility or a desire… I had to go with the evidence:with calm and firmness, he always ended up getting what he wanted, and do only what he wanted.

The role of Ziggy in this book

I watched him for a long time, but in the end, we can say that he wrote this book as much as I did! Sometimes, I felt like his scribe!

What your cat can bring you? How can a cat help us?

A lot of serenity. He is the soul of the house. He impregnates every room with his presence. We communicate, without sometimes having to talk. He guides me by his attitudes, and through his imperial calm, he forces me to look further.

Taking example on him, we can consider the cat as a true life coach. The purpose of this book is to transpose certain talents and qualities of the cat to learn to live better.

The cat’s ability to be happy, to live well is surprising! But how is it doing? This is the whole purpose of this book in which I highlighted forty qualities, attitudes and personnality traits from which we can inspire ourselves to live better.

10 surprising qualities and talents of the cat, from which we can benefit in our life

1 – The cat cultivates his well-being. It’s the word that summarizes how the cat works! Well-being is its real life engine. It cultivates its well-being in all its forms. It only acts according to its desires and that’s what creates its happiness. It builds it alone, independently, and does not wait after you to cultivate it every day. This is the heart of the book: how to find and cultivate your well-being by copying the cat.

2 – The cat is free! More than a second nature, it is the heart of its life: being free! We are sometimes locked in obligations, life routines, work, bad habits of life… The cat, do not bother with that. We can do like him, and take control of our lives back. Do only what we love, no longer suffer, and take the power back to decide our life. Like the cat, work to take independence back in all areas, and you will gain your freedom.

3 – The cat is hermetic to the judgment of others, humans as its congeners. Like him we have everything to gain by detaching ourselves as much as possible from this famous « look of others”. “What are you going to think of me? Are you going to appreciate me? » That’s one of the things cats do not care about… and it would be good to feel inspired. This need to be loved, appreciated, admired, and minimally accepted by ‘others’, all the time, the cat doesn’t care about it. The cat does not care about appearances.

4 – The cat is charismatic, because it knows how to remain natural, it is apart from any social mould, from any image to project, it is whole, it loves itself and is honest with itself. We feel its presence from the moment it enters a room. Without the need to be agitated, only its charisma guarantees it to be noticed by all. To acquire a little more animality, charisma, like the cat : you have to be! You have to be whole and sincere!

5 – The cat is serene. Like it, we will avoid stress cultivation a posteriori, we will not ruminate a situation, we will turn the page. To maintain your inner peace, like the cat: identify the source of your stress, solve the problem once and for all, go to the end relentlessly and detach yourself permanently. We do not ruminate, we do not rehash, we leave it forever and calm returns, and your well-being with you.

6 – The cat accepts itself as it is, the cat loves itself. Yes, the cat loves itself, so, we want to like it! Most of us are dissatisfied with their condition, their bodies, their social position… Too often, We do not love ourselves. We would all so often be someone else rather than just accept who we are. Accepting oneself is also discovering the richness and abilities that we all have individually…

7 – The cat chooses its entourage. The cat never binds with other cats, or with humans it does not like. It chooses one by one the people around him, whom it cherishes so much. Like it, we have to stop suffering the presence of people we do not like, and we will avoid toxic people. We must choose who we go to, who we share our time with, who we love, who we want to spend our life with. Life is short, why spend it with people we do not like?

8 – The cat knows how to say “NO!”. Cats hate to be told what to do. Obey an order? No way for them! “For that, take a dog!”, that’s what you read in their eyes! As humans, even though we must obey certain guidelines, it is not a reason to say “Yes” to everything, all the time! For all those who tend to say yes to everything, all the time, in their work and at home, learning to say “no”, is knowing how to preserve their time, their life, their energy, how to be respected by those around them.