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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