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Cosmos as a Pet

Petting a dog is said to have powerful health benefits – a release of oxytocin (a feel-good bonding hormone), a lowering of heart rate and blood pressure. How marvelous!

That is the power of touch! And the logic of it!

Oxytocin – the feel-good bonding hormone – is activated by touch.

Makes sense!

To unite, to bond (two surfaces), you have to bring them together until they touch.

And when the two biological membranes – two living skins – realize that the Outside is safe, that the Other is a Friend and not a Foe, a euphoric connection is formed.

Divisive Dualities (Skinthink) – as a result – abate, and Unitive Nonduality (Kinthink) – as a result – arises.

Pet a dog.

Pet a cat, if he or she allows it.

Pet a leaf – as you walk by a hedge, run your hands against the leaves.

Pet a rock – put it in your pocket, take it to work with you.

Cosmos is a pet awaiting your touch.

[excerpt from “From Skinthink to Kinthink: Birth and Death of Duality” (Somov, 2012)]


Cosmos as a Pet

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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APA Reference
Somov, P. (2017). Cosmos as a Pet. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2018, from


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