Six Big Things Humans can Learn from Dogs about Mindfulness.
By Louis the Blogging Dog
Mindfulness in Dogs
A lot of the people I know like to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation or therapy that focuses on awareness and acceptance of incoming feelings and thoughts and not reacting to them. Mindfulness is popular because it is so good for peeps. It is meditative and it brings a sense of inner peace and serenity. There is more to it than that, however. When I was researching this article I learned quite a bit from the Berkeley University website. Yes, I AM a smart dog, aren’t I?
Dogs could teach people a lot about mindfulness. After all, there isn’t a therapy called mindfulness for dogs because we dogs practice mindfulness naturally. We do it all the time.
There is a whole lot of mindfulness in dogs!
Dogs live in the present moment. We are completely engaged in the here and now. We also have feelings and dog style thoughts.
Here are a few of the things that peeps could learn from dogs when it comes to mindfulness:
- Dogs accept themselves. For example, as a dog I don’t have an inner critic. I accept myself automatically and I never judge myself. In fact, it is very rarely that a dog will judge any thing or any one. For example, I could judge Hazuzu, the kitty that I live with, but I don’t. I just accept him as he is, even though he can be extremely annoying in his own feline way.
- Dogs never hold a grudge. They don’t hold onto negative thoughts and bad memories.
- Dogs practice forgiveness. They have a very forgiving nature that peeps could learn from.
- Dogs never obsess over what they don’t have or what might be lacking in their lives. In fact, all dogs are “cup half full” beings. They never feel that the cup is half empty.
- Another thing about mindfulness in dogs is that we never worry about the future. Why concern ourselves with what might never happen? We are never anxious and worried about tomorrow.
- A dog is always himself or herself, whichever the case may be. We never pretend to be something we are not. In other words, we are completely authentic and real. With a dog, what you see is what you get!
So, if you are looking for a mindfulness teacher or if you simply want someone to hang out with in a mindful way, think about choosing a dog. Dogs practice mindfulness all day long every day. Mindfulness in dogs comes naturally and we would love to pass some of it on to you!
Signed in Wet, Slobbery Kisses,
~Louis the Blogging Dog