It’s dark and raining outside while I write this blog. Some people like this weather but it’s pretty miserable to me. The dogs weren’t impressed either when they had to go outside for their morning wee. My terriers aren’t as tough as they look like.
Saying that though, there’s still something lovely about Autumn, isn’t there?
I love the colours, I love my thick cosy jumpers and the lid fire when it gets even colder. Sometimes I feel like I could cuddle with my dogs, sip my turmeric latte or ginger tea and chill (sometimes even dose off) for days. Maybe even a month 😂. I’d hibernate like a little hedgehog or a bear. Do you feel that way too?
Time to slow down…
We are so busy running around that we don’t have time to stop, pause and notice what’s around us
– there’s no time to slow down. Yes, it can be hard to slow down on a physical level but wherever possible we should make a point of slowing our mind down too and finding some space to breathe. It definitely takes the internal pressure off and can bring about a feeling of peace. For example, when you’re in a queue, instead of getting your phone out and mindlessly scrolling Instagram or Facebook (guilty!), take a few deep breaths, be mindful and be aware of what you’re feeling in the moment. No interpretation, no judgment, just what you’re feeling.
Our dogs are masters of mindfulness.
They are aware of only the present. They don’t overanalyse their past, they don’t feel shame or regret and they don’t anxiously think about the future. Isn’t this a nice way to walk through life? This is even more obvious when you watch a dog that’s perhaps lost his sight, hearing or even a leg.
I have a lurcher kind of dog, named Toby, that comes to me for boarding. He’s so sweet and lovable and is always happy even though he only has three legs. One of his back legs was amputated and it’s fascinating to watch the way he walks and runs. He is so happy! I sometimes giggle at the way he poos and the way he positions his three legs so he doesn’t fall when he is doing his number two. He just gets on with it! He doesn’t lament or mourn over his lost leg. My Rosie used to make me smile because when she lost her hearing she couldn’t hear me calling the dogs when I gave them treats. I’d take a treat to her and she was always nicely surprised. You could see how her little face lit up. She wasn’t sitting there overthinking her loss of hearing and perhaps missing out on treats.
Meditation and walking with your dog.
Meditation is a nice mindful practice and so is walking a dog. We can also immerse ourselves in nature, even if it’s only a town park. Leave the other business and just walk and walk and walk. That’s my advice 😉.