Choosing To Be chronicles my own hero's journey to overcome my depression by learning to meditate while recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the early 90's.
A book about CFS and Buddhism with a talking cat was way ahead of its time, so no big publisher would publish it. I went back to work and years later decided to self publish it. Eckhardt Tolle gave me permission to use his quote on the cover.
The book won an IPPY Award, and was picked up by Findhorn Press in 2010. It has been published in Chinese and Dutch, and the Feline Zen Master and his little muse continue to travel the world, helping people learn to meditate.
"I have lived with several Zen Masters -- all of them Cats." ~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
“I found Choosing to Be one of the better books
on Zen or sitting practice.”
~Thom Hartmann, #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and New York Times bestselling author.
“Choosing to Be is a short, original, comfortingly readable introduction to the Buddhist path, a way of living that places the primary responsibility for our happiness into our own paws, er…hands.”
~John Calabrese, Creations Magazine
“Kat Tansey has written an absorbing memoir with the flair of a fiction writer, which draws you effortlessly through her story and makes the learning seem incidental — until you reach the end and realise that the tale of a woman, a cat and a kitten has reminded you there is a better way to live, and how to do it.”
~Lucy McCarraher, The Real Secret
Choosing to Be is a rare and wonderful combination of compelling narrative, endearing characters, and accessible, solid meditation instruction, all with a light, humorous touch. Kat Tansey makes it easy to willingly suspend disbelief and learn along wih her from the teachings of her resident feline meditation master. A thoroughly enjoyable and 'enlightening' read! ~Abby Seixas, Finding the Deep River Within