If, like me, you’ve ever struggled with mindfulness and wellness, then it’s time to celebrate! A new solution has arrived. Blue Cross has created the world's first mindfulness meditation class starring adorable rescue felines with the experts at The Mindfulness Project. The 10-minute class is free and readily available for you online for whenever you need to de-stress.
If you don’t know what it is, mindfulness is the practice of focusing your mind and erasing distractions that cause stress. Whenever I have tried, my mind has drifted to important issues such as the identity of Nutella to what I’m eating this week, so you could say I’m not very good at it.
The video aims to draw attention to our relationship with cats and how they can have a positive effect on our wellbeing, thus helping The Blue Cross re-home some of its cute rescue kitties. They say science has proven we feel happy when watching cat videos, so the next obvious step was to create the Karma Kitties class.
Laura Boyle, from a Blue Cross branch has said, "Mindfulness is becoming so popular and by pairing this trend with the potential therapeutic benefits of cat videos, there’s a good chance that Karma Kitties could be the ultimate stress-busting routine." With all of this in mind, I gave it a go…
The video opens up with focusing on our breathing, easy enough right? We then see various different sleepy homeless cats and focus on little details of each once, entrancing our thoughts and making us feel at ease.
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I will be honest. I tried this at my desk, and when the purring started, it scared me. So I advise you all to turn your headphones down. At a more reasonable volume, the video does indeed make you feel more relaxed, because kittens are great and cute and the experts know this. I won’t deny that it’s slightly creepy being told to focus on a cat kneading a blanket while making eye contact with you, but somehow it works, and I now I really want to adopt 12 kittens.
Watch the video and let us know, are you "feline" good?
This post was written by Shannon Tran. For more, check out our sister site The Debrief.