The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Power of Meow is the third book in the series by David Michie about Snow Lion, aka HHC (His Holiness’s Cat),aka The Dalai Lama’s cat. All of the books deal with “the inner life of a cat, ” and this one asks the question: ” Are cats capable of mindfulness?” It is HHC’s desire to think less, experience more mindfulness which translates in cat language as, The Power of Meow. Power is a cat’s “…journey to discover her own true nature…and experience joy [in] the here and now.”
An interesting event that happens in this book is that HCC meets with The Pope’s beloved dog over the internet when the Dalia Lama and the Pope leave a video chat, failing to turn off their computers.
The novel is set in the “enchanting and exotic world of the Dalia Lama’s monastery in the Himalayas.” As the reader follows HCC’s internal, spiritual journey, he/she learns to slow down and appreciate mindfulness and find inner peace. We can even identify when HCC tries to meditate and “be in the moment” and is tormented by “mental fleas.” Those of us who have tried meditation and are bombarded by inane thoughts that prevent us from achieving mindfulness are well acquainted with these “mental fleas.”
The overall feeling of reading this fun (and sometimes funny) novel is one of calm, peacefulness, and optimism that we, too, might achieve what the Dalai’s cat seeks.