A Young Dog Taught Me Old Tricks




Dog people bear witness to the incredible focus of their four-legged friends. While we prepare food or eat a meal their heads never shift, eyes locked, concentrating on every hand movement or every bite. While I steal time everyday to reflect, their mental experience encourages me to meditate. The absence of intention, without distractions has to be beneficial to both mental and physical health. 




In some ways dogs are like toddlers, they follow you from room to room. When you move, they move, just like that. However when you settle down, rather than drag their favorite toy, lay on their unused pillow, dog bed or blanket they simply settle into the space at your feet. At times I think about what they are thinking about. I believe they are simply reveling in the moment; content with acceptance and sensual fulfillment and this encourages me to take more time in the present moment and focus on my own sensory inputs. 


In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
— Edward Hoagland

Doing nothing was not boring ~ it was