They have been with humans for thousands of years, and now
there is a link between dogs and humans,
much closer than it has ever been.
“I’m never off leash with my Ozzie …
Our hearts are connected”
No matter what is happening in our lives, we can always come back to this … fond memories of a dog, or embracing the pet companion in our life right now
Ozzie lives with all of us and within our beloved pets 💕
Nature takes her time
March enters like a lion
April lambs ahead
The forecast for the next couple of weeks here in the NorthEast US, is cold, windy and snow filled.
Nature has her own rhythm right now, and reminds us of the importance for snow to moisten and nourish the earth for Spring.
Finding your Middle Ground is about pausing and accepting what is happening in the here and now.
If you hear yourself complaining about the weather, remember Eckhart Tolle’s words:
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is.
Say “yes” to life —and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
And keep that snow shovel handy!
“The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger.
The madness of the thing is that when such facts are present, we circle, buzz, writhe, and whirl, trying to get the “I” out of the experience. We pretend that we are amoebas, and try to protect ourselves from life by splitting in two.
Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.
To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening.”
~ Alan Watts
This last line from Alan Watts really hit home. I recall sitting in meditation, and my mind telling me over and over again “I am meditating” rather than embracing the actual experience of what it is to be present.
How many times do we read something, and rather than absorbing its full meaning and the underlying feelings, we simply read words.
When we separate ourselves from the full experience and feeling, we detach ourselves from life itself, and become actors playing out our roles.
Next time, you find yourself detaching (Or splitting yourself into two like and amoeba) pause. Notice what’s happening while its happening. Then ask “Am I aware of what I am feeling right now?”
“Think of the dirt beneath your feet and the skies above.
Do they give any thought to death? Of course not.
What one does not have cannot be taken away.
Therefore the sage pays no mind to status or rank,
and so is always in the perfect position;
Is not drawn off by any one thing, and so remains amongst them all.
True self-fulfillment arises in the absence of the ego.”*
~ Lao Tzu
Words to inspire us on our journey.
Be as nature. Without attachment or fear. Pay no attention to status and find fulfillment in simply being a part of it all.
… and don’t listen to your ego, who will tell you otherwise!
*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David. Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 168-176). Kindle Edition.
Enjoy this re-post from three years ago.
“Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.” ~ Thomas Merton
I love this analogy. Its part of the human condition to keep picking up thoughts and not letting them go. Adding more and more until we find ourselves overwhelmed.
In yoga there is the term “monkey mind” for a mind that continues to jump from one thought to another. Whether monkeys or crows work for you, take a moment to reflect on how attached to you might be to your thinking.
Do you keep analyzing and adding more thoughts? Or perhaps jump from one to the next? How much are you adding to your mental clutter ?
When we take time to pause and be still, we become aware of our thinking. We realize we are not our thinking. As a witness to our thoughts, we become less attached to them.
With awareness comes detachment and the ability to let our thoughts go.
Don’t add to your inner clutter, find your middle ground.
“Yoga is about changing our habits”. ~Rodney Yee
One of the habits that shows up for everyone as they begin their yoga practice, is how we shorten and even hold the breath when sensation increases.
Holding our breath is a defense mechanism of the human body. It prepares us to react to a threat. However, it increases the tension and stress in the body, rather than bringing it to a state of balance.
In yoga we learn to deepen the breath when sensation increases. We breathe through tension and discomfort and allow the energy to keep flowing, rather than getting stuck.
What a great lesson to bring to our lives!
Yoga increases sensitivity and awareness. It will reveal where the body is tight, where mobility is limited and where energy is blocked.
In yoga we learn to breathe, feel, and where possible let go. Ultimately this helps us make more skillful, conscious choices and allows us to create greater fulfillment in life.
And it all starts with the breath.
Inhalations bring in new energy and help us feel. Exhalations release negative energy and help us relax.
Breath deeply as you move through the highs and lows of life, and make the ride easier.