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Thursday, March 3, 2011
In the quiet of the night there have been many times I have taken the dogs out, thinking they want to play. Instead we find ourselves listening to wind and the dogs barking in the night. It is in these moments that by following the dogs direction I quiet my mind and listen. That's when I discover it isn't always about doing, it is about being. I may not be able to pick up on all the sights and sounds, but by stilling my mind, I get a taste of it. Becoming in tune with the slightest movements they give signals their focus that leads me in the rhythm of their spirits.
More than often I am engrossed with the need 'to do' and what I am not 'doing' enough. It is easy to get spread thin with 6 dogs divided. Yet, every time I hear them howl together, I find a unique oneness that brings them together and what surprises me more is that they always end together. I always stop during these howling session to listen. To listen to all six dogs singing together in their blended harmony. No matter the strife any of them have with one another, it is the one place where they come together and blend into unison. It is like magic. It is a high like no other and often we join them. For in those moments we are complete. Putting everything aside to be in that moment. I never tired of this beautiful demonstration of their love and the simple message to be. A universal communication that we are all one, despite our differences. How many times have you listened to a howling dog video and your dogs have joined in?
Have you taken the time to just be with your dog?
You can listen to the Howling Choir on our previous post: The Sounds of the Hounds
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Beautiful post! Out here the dogs will join with the coyotes when they start singing. As you, I never tire of hearing their songs.
It's 8 in the morning and I'm not cogent enough yet to tell you how much I really, truly needed to be reminded of a few things. The weight of everything I'm not doing is crushing me and keeping me in frustrated tears. Maybe I should let up a little, but first I'd have to learn how.
Great meditation this morning. Thank you.
What a beautiful post. I really enjoyed it! I spend a lot of quiet time with Lucy, just enjoying her company, not really doing anything. She brings me a lot of peace and joy! One of my favorite things is when she puts her head on the pillow and falls asleep with the top of her head touching my cheek!
I have to say that the just being time with the dogs is my favorite part of the day!
It's true, our pets remind us that we are also a part of nature. That there is a calmer state where worries and work are forgotten because life means more than that.
I find that even being with Aschiuta in the same room, listening to her sleep or move around, makes me feel that way.
That was wonderful writing and feeling. It's only 7:15 in the morning and I'm already thinking about my dogs (they are still sleeping upstairs).
They are in tuned with life and have so much to teach us about just being.
Thanx for that great though.
Really thoughtful post... it's true that sometimes just being is wonderful. :)
I agree. Just "be", just like a dog. You said it perfectly.
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