Creating a Mindfulness Lifestyle with your Dog
Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training
We spend so much time judging ourselves and feeling guilty or thinking if only we “should have”, “could have”, “would have.” I encourage you to let go of the guilt and focus on experiences with your dog this year.
Be in the moment when you are walking your dog, training them and petting them. For that moment, really focus on the process of petting, training, walking or training. Use your senses to enjoy all the experiences (sound, sight, smell, touch). What does their fur feel like? How is their breathing? What are they smelling? Try to focus on the task at hand. Your mind will wander but bring it back to the activity in front of you. Envision what your dog is smelling, hearing, feeling and seeing as you pet them.
Ignore everyone around you. Help your dog if needed but really focus on just enjoying the experience of participating in an activity together. Activities can include petting, walking, hiking, competing, training or playing.
We often spend so much time over-thinking or analyzing what we are going to do or what other people will think, we miss opportunities. My challenge to you in 2020 – “Just Do It”. I have always been a fan of asking for forgiveness rather than permission (Seriously, I got married in front of Beneficence in 1999. Didn’t ask anyone and just did it. Best experience ever)!
Start today. Spend some quality time with your dog and be in the moment and present with them.
Think about what you are feeling and experiencing during the activity. Reflect on it. Rinse. Repeat.
We want mindfulness to be a regular part of your journey, not just a training exercise or the destination. Please share your mindfulness experiences with us