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!
Louis Dog Armstrong is a dog with a mission and he wants everyone to know it!
I am a dog with a mission. In fact, I am absolutely passionate about it. I think about it early in the morning and long into the dog day afternoon. I know you are wondering what it is, at least I hope that you are. So I will tell you.
My mission is to make this a better world for animals by educating humans and encouraging them to have positive, healthy relationships with members of the animal kingdom.
By the animal kingdom I’m not talking about all nine to ten million species because I’m just taking baby steps here. After all, I am only one little white dog and I don’t get any help, especially from the big orange cat I live with who ought to care more but he doesn’t. He just reaps the benefits from all my hard work.
But enough complaining. By animal kingdom I mean the furry ones, the winged ones and the other ones like frogs, snakes, fish, dragonflies and butterflies. I am a passionate dog and I want to share with the human world some of the things that I know. I’m also a fun dog so I hope to have fun while I do it. I don’t want to be too serious. Some dogs are always serious, like Clancy, a Scottie dog that I know, but that’s not me.
When I first started this dog blog it was more about how peeps could come to understand dogs by first understanding a dog like me. It was after William Faulkner who said, “To understand the world you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” Being a logical dog, I just thought it made sense to say, To understand dogs you must first understand a dog like me.”
By the way, most dogs don’t read William Faulkner and neither do I. But my peep loves the guy and she talks about him sometimes while I am lying around and listening.
Well, the Faulkner bit is why I first started blogging but I’ve learned a lot since then. I want peeps to understand dogs for sure, but I want to include the other animals as well.That’s the education part.
The relationship part is also important. I want to encourage humans to have positive, healthy relationships with animals.
So you see, I truly am a dog with a mission. Woof!!
I spent some time this afternoon surfing the net. I came across what they call a “dog years calculator“. Curious critter that I am, I took a look at it. Oh My Goodness!!! I am 8 years old in human years, but according to the dog years calculator I am 48! And it gets worse. At 48, I’m considered to be a senior. Dogs don’t have long lives like their human companions.
I’m a Maltipoo, which is a mixed breed, and a beautiful breed at that. However, as a small mixed breed dog it is estimated that I will only live between 10 and 15 human years.
I don’t feel old now but I know that I am slowing down. I don’t bark as much as I used to. There was a time when I drove my family crazy, standing at the living room window and barking at everyone and everything that walked by. I just couldn’t help myself.
Another difference is that when I was a puppy I would sometimes try to run off. This worried my human family because I was placing myself in danger. Once I jumped out of the car and ran across a busy street. Another time I ran all over the parking lot of a busy mall. Not good.
Now that I’m getting older I never do those things any more. I have lost interest in exploring every single place. Even so, my human pack insists that I be on a dog leash for my own safety. I accept the leash because I love them,
Time passes fast when you’re a dog. This is because dogs live in the moment and moments are never slow. I want to help make this world a better place for dogs while I still have the time. I have work to do.
In the meantime, if you want to know your dog’s age in human years, just try the dog age calculator. Calculating dog years is interesting and fun. The years of a dog are definitely not the same as the years of a peep. Woof!
They say that every dog has his day. The truth, however, is that when a dog wakes up in the morning he never knows what the day will bring. It could go one way or the other. So I am happy to say that today was an all-round good one.
The Life of a Dog
Mimi, Hazuzu and I slept in because we didn’t get to sleep until after 2:00 am. After Mimi got herself ready for the day, the three of us went downstairs to find that a note had been placed through the mail slot. It was from a neighbor we had never met. Mimi read it out loud to Eric, so I know exactly what it said.
This neighbor, who also lives in Killarney Gardens, wrote that she has two children, Lizzy who is nine and Nathaniel who is six. They want to have a dog but the mom works full time and doesn’t think they are home enough to be good companions for the dog. They were hoping that they could meet me and maybe take me for walks from time to time. I snorted at that one. Little did she know that if there are any walks to be taken that I’d be taking the peeps, not the other way around.
We had never met these peeps before because they are relatively new here. They heard about me from another co-op member. This place is like a little village.
I was open to the idea. I usually like kids because their energy often matches mine. Mimi also likes kids and she told Eric that it would be good for all of us if it worked out. It seemed like an opportunity to go on more walks and I love my walks!
Mimi called the mom, whose name is Carrie, and arranged for them to come over in the afternoon to meet me. When they arrived, I was so happy. I gave them kisses and they stroked me. Nathaniel gave me a belly rub while Lizzy rubbed that place above my ear where it feels so good! Then Lizzy, Nathaniel, Carrie and I went for a walk around the swimming pool and the co-op office.
I was on my best behavior and so were the kids. I didn’t bark or pull on the leash and they didn’t complain about picking up my poo. These are good kids. I have a feeling that they will be easy to train!
Carrie plans to return with Lizzy and Nathaniel on Wednesday for another walk. I have three new friends. In a dog’s world, anything can happen in a day in the life of a dog.