Inspiration for creativity is often evoked when least expected. With tidbits of information from two documentaries telling of separate archeological discoveries in China and Egypt, petals began to pump in the mind of television writer and voice actress Joanna Sandsmark. Coupling the Chinese documentary – detailing stories of perfectly preserved remains of “western” people in a Chinese desert – with a factual feature on Egyptian cat mummies, Sandsmark tossed in her imagination as it ran wild. Fantasizing of a feline version of the Chinese philosopher Confucius, she fabricated the sage “Mouser”, or Master Yo Meow Ma.
After birthing the field of Catosphy, the study of cat philosophy, Sandsmark delicately blends fictional frameworks with nonfiction lessons as she translates the sayings, allegories, and axioms of enlightened cats in her forthcoming book The Wisdom of Yo Meow Ma. Written from the purring voice of a master cat addressing blank-slated kittens, the book is a spiritual guide for learning littermates and curious creatures of human descent, as well. Yo Meow Ma’s kitty lessons are complemented by renditions applicable to people and forces inner exploration of one’s personality as it aims for self-realization and betterment.
Parables of assorted personas are provided, ensuring that you will find your qualities and appropriate pointers for improving your outlook. The story of the Shamed-filled Cat deals with feelings of inadequacy by acknowledging your achievements and subsequently shedding the incapacitating emotion as a cat would its winter coat.
The tale of the Avoiding Cat explains that fear is the debilitating demon behind procrastination, which doesn’t imply laziness but calls for identifying your qualms to surmount the obstacles. The Bird-bound Cat is another motivational account urging us to probe beyond what is given to us and push through illusionary boundaries to experience genuine contentment as we strive for our most honest goals. Security and aspiration are not mutually exclusive. This and other valuable life instructions teeming the pages of Sandsmark’s book will steer you through the corridors of enlightenment.