We found a truly delightful find for you book lovers out there – The Dia Book: Absolutes is about inter-species communications, the inspirations, the deep spiritual lessons heard and learned, and the freedom these spontaneous conversations bring.
It is mostly written by Dia the Cat, who was not fret-free and fuzzy; she was a spiritual anarchist who refused to be modified. Fa was her serious but clumsy student who grew to be a master.
Dia and her soul mate, Fa, followed the tradition of inter-species illumination with slapstick wisdom, unrelenting truth, and wild creativity.
Author Robyn Lee explains: “Dia, a six-pound Siamese kitty, was a gift from a dear friend, Sally, who had hoped Dia would be a perfect studio cat – but instead of keeping mice away, she set off the alarm. A year later Fa, a Siamese kitten was found in an Upper West Side Manhattan pet shop. We had been looking for a kitty just like him with his loud purr and promise of great size.”
“At a time when I was running in circles, chasing my own tail, Dia and Fa spoke up, engaging me in conversations which distracted me from myself just long enough for me to grasp some insights – some absolutes.”
Curious to know what conversations they had? Find out … we’re delighted to offer 5 copies of The Dia Book: Absolutes for five lucky Purrington Post readers to WIN!
* Contest Entry Details
This contest ends on November 10th, 2018 and is available to U.S. residents only. To enter you simply need to submit a comment in our “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom of this page saying:
My cat’s name is [insert your cat’s name] and the most important life lesson he/she has taught me is [your cat’s life lesson]
The 5 winners will chosen by author Robyn Lee team from all the correctly submitted entries and contacted by email on or around November 16th, 2018.
Have fun. Be creative. Good luck! >^..^< Learn more about the Dia Book at thediabook.com.
My cat’s name is Seurat and the most important life lesson he has taught me is the importance of good boundaries.
My cat’s name is Cinnamon Girl and the most important life lesson she has taught me is patience. As we all know, cats can be quite finicky and they have stubborn little minds all their own. I had to learn to be patient and wait for her to decide when she was ready to do things. But, this lesson wasn’t just that of a practical nature—it was also one of wisdom. Cinnamon Girl’ lesson in patience—something I had very little of—taught me to take life as it comes, and to slow down, to enjoy life, especially my wonderful life with her! We’ve been together for almost eight years and we couldn’t be happier—as well as, patient. Well, I’m more patient than she is now, though I’m sure she’d beg to differ! I love her so much and I know she loves me, even with all of my shortcomings. I’ve learned more from her than she’s learned from me. I’m so thankful that she rescued me—that WE rescued one another. We share an unconditional love.
My cat’s name is Sophie and the most important life lesson she has taught me is simple: don’t worry, be happy. We humans tend to worry about things that may or may not happen in the future. However, we need to remember to take a leaf out of our cat’s book and live for today by resting, playing, eating, purring (being happy). I cannot tell you how relaxed and happy my life has become with kitties in it. I am so blessed.
My cat’s name is Tigger. The most important thing he has taught me is how to remain trustful and loving even when feeling miserably sick. He and I both suffer from auto immune diseases but he often lives with far more grace and patience than I.
My cat’s name is Vincent and the most important life lesson he has taught me is to open our home to the senior and not so gorgeous kitties. He lived on the streets of Boston for 12 plus years, FIV+, almost no teeth and two crazy looking ears. I started a facebook page for Vincent called Vincent Van Gogh AKA Bigfoot to allow his followers updates, promote senior adoptions and promote adopting FIV kitties. We had 4 FIV negative kitties in our home but it was not a concern since nobody was aggressive. Vincent spent 14 glorious months in retirement with us until cancer won and we helped him cross the bridge in July of 2017. We adopted another senior a month later who had a really rough start in life and now we update his page about Felicia and her progress. Felicia was 13 this last August.
My cat’s name is Marceline and the most important life lesson she has taught me is that I am, in fact, a cat person after she adopted me
My cat’s names are Tarifa, Suha, and Elvis, and the most important life lesson they have taught me is that unconditional loyalty and love are worth more than ANYTHING else.
My cat’s name is Annabelle and the most important life lesson she has taught me is to be at peace with the hand that you’re dealt. She suffered from a senseless injury at 2 1/2 months of age. Her tail was broken and her back hip bone was torn from its socket. After a serious operation and a 2 month rehab, she now walks without a limp, although her beautiful tail has a permanent bend. She was a trooper through the ordeal and she never looked back. She’s the most beautiful kitteh in my eyes and hers!
My cat’s name is Midnight and the most important life lesson she has taught me is you can overcome anything. She was found wondering alone on the highway by my neighbor when she was too young to be away from her mother. (the next day her mother and siblings’ bodies were found). She stayed with her rescuer until she couldn’t look after her anymore, then she was at 3 other homes before coming to me. She was very scared of dogs and I have 2, but she learned to tolerate them. She will never need another home
My cat’s name is Oliver and the life lesson he taught me was to be tough and wise. He was a street kitty, so his instincts are even better. He is a tough and smart kitty who observes everything. And he’s only 2 years old!
My cat’s name is Tiny because she was the smallest in her litter. She is a senior now and completely blind. The most important lesson she taught me about life is to never give up. Despite her blindness she fearlessly conquers the stairs to sleep with me every night. She purrs despite her frailty and never gets involved in any fights with the other cats. Thank you Tiny my eldest fearless cat!
My cat’s name is Kitty and the most important life lesson she has taught me is to let the cat decide how she is petted. Your hand doesn’t pet the cat’s face–the cat brings her face to your hand, very gently.
My cat’s name is Miss Kitty and the lesson I have learned from her is relaxation. I tend to stress myself out over mundane things. After surgery to have my right leg amputated, I went into a stress mode over everything. Sleeping in my recliner in the living room, left me alone at night. She and Skipper, my dog, would then come around and play together (thinking their humans would not see), do their check around the house, then curl up together next to my recliner, but not before jumping up and checking on me. I laughed at their antics, enjoyed their together play times, watched the seriousness of their perimeter and room checking, then how easily both curled up together. I listened to Miss Kitty’s and Skipper’s snoring and only then could I fall asleep. Miss Kitty takes everything in stride and I followed suit, thus lowering my BP and relaxing more. Miss Kitty now dictates my mood….calm and serene.
My cat’s name is Ozzie and the most important life lesson he has taught me is to sit, chill and smell the catnip, bugs and grass.
My cat’s name is Stinger and the most important life lesson he has taught me is that all troubles can be banished by a dish of tuna and a long nap.
My cat’s name is Gem and the most important life lesson she has taught me is that it is okay to sit with her in the recliner, put on the diffuser with our favorite essential oil, and just relax to get rid of the day’s stress.
My cat’s name is Merlin, and the most important lesson he has taught me is don’t sweat the small stuff. There’s a lot to be said for having a constant companion to come home to and love. Merlin was with me while I was bed-bound for months post major surgery, he lives for rides in the car, and he he’s first at the door when I come home. His purr and presence make most other details big or small melt away. 🙂
My cat’s name is Ruby and the most important life lesson she has taught me is that hope comes when you’re not looking for it.
My cat’s names are Rosie and Princess and the most important life lessons they have taught me is to stop and rub the tummy, spend time with them and stress will purr itself away
My cat’s name is Dash and the most important life lesson he/she has taught me is To RUN (Dash)
My Cats name is Michia. She has taught me more than I can articulate here but I would say one of the most important is to not forget “connection”.
She lives and breathes it in everything she does.
From eating to playing to sleeping. She’s an unusual cat…she’s my shadow and I’m hers.
My cat’s name is Milky and the most important life lesson he has taught me is giving comfort to others. He is there for me. He sits and sleeps next to me. His presence gives me comfort. I realize that giving comfort to others is sometimes just being there.
My cat’s name was Trilly and the most important life lesson she taught me is to take each day at a time & cherish the time you have together because life is fleeting. 😔
My cat’s names are Oreo and Stripey. Oreo is almost 11 and Stripey is 7. They ARE my life, the reason I breathe!! I love them unconditionally and they love me back!!
My cat’s name is Speagle and the most important life lesson he has taught me is how strong one can be when spending 6 years inside a semi with me. Through the heat, cold and thunderstorms, he sat next to me, keeping me safe, warm and most importantly, kept me from being lonely.
My cat’s name is Miss Lucy. Miss Lucy is 11 years young and the most important life lesson Miss Lucy has taught me is that if you want something, keep meowing Oh I mean asking for it!
My cat’s names are Chester and Cub and the most important life lesson they have taught me is patience is a virtue.
My cats name is Ziggy and the most important life lesson he has taught me is patience as he was a kitten when I rescued him and I have never had a kitten before ….
My cat’s name is Jake and the most important life lesson he has taught me is there is nothing more important than snuggling him, the housework can wait.
My cat’s name is Penuche and the most important thing she has taught me is the true meaning of unconditional love. She is my angel.
My cat’s name’s are Sofie, Mark, Cosima and I have four foster kittens- Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatella, and Raphella and the most important life lesson they have taught me you can take time to just play. There are opportunities for play everywhere, not just the obvious or traditional forms play. Play on!
I have a number of cats(I feed and rescue feral) and they have taught me to be less selfish and more loving.
My cat’s name is Toby and the most important life lesson he has taught me and my family is to stop, get out of your own head and focus on just giving out love. Toby isn’t typically a cuddly cat. He doesn’t like to be held or picked up. But he does like to be given a lot of love-when and where HE wants it! He has actually trained us to follow him on command! He will look up at us, meow, walk a little and look back to make sure we are following him and continue on with that until we arrive at his desired location where we are to give him lots of petting. He especially likes to be pet while he eats-every time he eats. He also likes to lead us to the rug in the laundry room where he especially loves to be brushed. It doesn’t matter to him if we are getting ready to leave, trying to clean, or even getting ready for bed; we are to stop what we are doing and go love on him. Some people say their cat can talk and Toby is one of those cats. When he really wants my attention he says Meowma (mamma) and only uses that word with me and no-one else. He is very adorable and persuasive so even my husband follows him (most of the time)! He is very good at reminding us that we are not the only ones in this world and that it is good for our soul to just stop and give out love-at least to him! >^..^<
My cat’s name is Skylar and she has taught me the importance of napping in the sun!
My cat’s name was Katie and she taught me love and patience and compassion and courage while she was sick and dying
and all she wanted was to be held and she even allowed my other two cats “Paige and Ivy” to lay with her as she pasted over the rainbow bridge, I still miss her and will always love her.
My cat’s name is Kimba and the most important life lesson she has taught me is that there is always time for a nap!
My cat’s name is Mira and the most important life lesson she has taught me is once you love someone, they are special in your eyes forever.
My cat’s name is Choo Choo and the most important life lesson she has taught me is do not let your disabilities keep you down.
Oh Meow! My cats’ names are Molly, Hatchet and Beaver and they are geniuses! Why you ask? Because they speak with their eyes rather than their mouths. They’ve taught me that it is much more important to listen than to speak and it’s very important to only speak out of kindness. I’ve never gotten angry with my kits because they’ve never said anything mean to me-ever! ^..^
My cats’ names are Ian, Maximilian, & Manfred Mann, and my dearly departed Buzz who recently passed away and the most important life lesson they have taught me is that I need to take care of the strays kittens in my new neighborhood. Five little ones came to my house a few days after Buzz died. Charlie, Oliver, Mitzi and Todd, and Tiger. Tiger didn’t make it but the other 4 are thriving. I’ve been talking to them and Charlie now talks back to me. My own babies and my four outdoor kittens have taught me that all these babies love me unconditionally and makes me humble that such magnificent creatures love me so.
My cat’s name is Luke and the most important life lesson he has taught me is that cats have so many funny personalities and traits. Luke loves to start fights with other cats but loves attention from his humans!