Recently I read that there is healing purpose in the purring of cats, that it heals bones. I wonder now if it serves the same purpose as chanting, reaching to unite.
Now, I come across this poem by Coleman Barks called "Purring." He says the poem is about the nature of poetry.
The internet says science is not sure how cats purr,
probably a vibration of the whole larynx,
unlike what we do when we talk. Less
likely, a blood vessel moving across the chest wall.
As a child I tried to make every cat
I met purr. That was one of the early
miracles, the stroking to perfection. Here's something
I've never heard: a feline purrs in
two conditions, when deeply content and when
mortally wounded, to calm themselves, readying for the
death-opening. The low frequency
evidently helps to strengthen bones and
heal damaged organs. Say poetry is a human purr, vessel
mooring in the chest, a closed-mouth
refuge, the feel of a glide through dying: one
winter morning on sunny chair inside this only body,
a faroff inboard moterboat
sings the empty room, urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhh
- Coleman Barks