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.

Something this book can help us be.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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