Happy July 4th!

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cat behind the window

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Big Fat Cat

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This fat cat is the work of Colombian artist Fernando Botero(1932-)It used to stand in front of a building in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Recently I passed by the same spot, but the cat is gone and replaced by a different sculpture. Then I noticed how the image of the cat is still vivid in my memory, and I feel warm just remembering how it looked.

There are many sculptures on the sidewalks of New York City. Some are abstract, some are realistic, some are funny, and some are serious. They all tell us to slow down, stop and breathe.

Deaf Kitty and Listening

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I have a white cat with blue eyes; this kind of cat is born deaf. She is very ill-tempered and picky with food. But when I play Bach, she calms down, as if she could sense the peaceful frequency in Bach’s music. I realized that what we call “listening” is often just pure sense of hearing, and true listening does not require hearing although could be enhanced by hearing. When we listen with our whole body, when we give full attention to something or to nothing – that is true listening. Ears help, but listening does not depend on ears alone. For one to truly listen, every cell has to be active.

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