I think that there are two core things that dogs were sent to teach us humans: heart centeredness – a simple four letter word- LOVE and to teach us to stay in the moment. I am not sure if it’s just our day and age or if it’s something mankind has struggled with for ages, but we are either in the future worrying about it, waiting for it, or hoping for it or we are in the past upset over it, living in pain from it, or obsessing about it. If we are in either we are not fully present in the moment.
Truth is, this moment is all that we have. In this moment you have everything you need and dogs teach us that.
One of the exercises that I do on a weekly basis with my students is leash walking. It’s human nature while we are out on a walk we are either on our phone, thinking about the bill that’s due, the un-ending list of to-dos, or maybe thinking about an argument shared with a spouse an hour before the walk.
While working on polite leash walking exercises with your dog, you are continually forced to stay in the moment, asking yourself “Is my dog pulling?” I am guilty, like all humans of getting lost in the moment myself! I have gotten lost in thought and realized 5 minutes later that my dog had been pulling!
Learn from your dog, and maybe even practice with leash walking by staying in the moment because the truth is all you have is this second right now. Or how about trying to stop what you are doing and sit with this moment for just one minute? Maybe spend it petting your dog, but while you are petting him/her don’t look at your phone and don’t think of anything but your dog. How it feels to pet him? How he is breathing and your own breath?
Living in the moment will change your life and it is for sure something that we can all work on. What has been your experiences with living in the moment? Has your dog taught you anything about this? Please share in comments below.