I recently encountered a profound experience with my cat, Buddy. Buddy is an male orange tabby, friendly and loves attention. But one thing he doesn't do is jump up on someone and lie down - he's not a lap cat. He's very content to just lie beside you on the floor, and be in my company, receiving scratches here and there when I reach out from the couch or chair I'm in.
Yesterday, I was laying on the couch, eyes closed, relaxing and breathing, trying to just take in and enjoy the moment. I was focusing on the sounds from outside that I could hear - birds singing, a lawnmower in the far distance. Cars on the street behind us passing by. I slowed my breathing, and counted each breath in, and out, practicing staying within myself.
Then, I felt something tap my hand. I opened my eyes, and there was Buddy, front paws up on the couch, and he had tapped my hand lightly with his paw. He was just staring at me. I reached up to pet him, assuming that's what he wanted and he moved his head aside. Strange, I thought, for a cat to avoid a head scratch. So, I let my hand return to laying on the couch and I just watched Buddy. He looked at me, look at my chest, looked at me again, and jumped up. He walked onto my chest, and curled up into a comfortable position.
Now, as I said, this is completely unlike him. He's never been comfortable lying on someone, yet here he was, doing it by his own choice.
I smiled, and closed my eyes again, and returned to my relaxation technique. Shortly afterwards, I became aware of Buddy's weight on my chest, his warmth, and the sounds of him very lightly purring. A wave of contentment rolled over me, and slowly as it did, Buddy's purring became more pronounced, which in turn spurred my contentment. Suddenly, both he and I were in a mutual positive spiral, his purring spurring on my positive feelings, and my positive energy spurring more pronounced purring. We laid like this for about 15 minutes, when I was forced to break from our experience, and take a washroom break.
Since then, Buddy has returned to his normal routine of being a cat, watching out the window, meowing when its feeding time, and being abnormally excited to see me when I wake up. I look forward to finding the time to see if we can enjoy each other's company as closely as we did yesterday.
Summary: Positive energy breeds positive energy. When the cycle begins, invest in it