LET’S MAKE THIS SIMPLE...JUST BE A GOLDEN RETRIEVER!
Hello again Dear Friends, Over the years when individuals contact me about various life concerns I like to answer them with “What would Buddha do? Of course no one really knows what Buddha would do, but it usually brings a different and more enlightened approach to the problem at hand.
Instead of asking “What would Buddha do” how about going about your life behaving like a Golden Retriever? I have owned and cared for dogs much of my life, but during the past six years, for the first time, I have owned two Golden Retrievers, Jack and Ode’. They are both rescues, require a lot of attention, but offer great joy to my wife Julie and myself.
Almost every morning we hike with “the boys” in the foothills outside Morrison, Colorado and typically meet up with other people, wild animals, and other dogs. What I have observed with the Goldens is an unconditional love and affection towards EVERYONE. They don’t differentiate between age, sex, skin color, or even wild coyotes. Everyone just gets treated the same by them with love, attention, joy, interest, and no judgment.
The hike, this very Saturday morning, was very social with numerous off leash interactions. Some people we met were familiar and others were not, but the greetings from Jack and Ode’ were consistently the same. It’s always as if they are saying with a big smile “How ya doing, very nice meeting you”.
It got me thinking.......what if we went about our lives always greeting others with a smile, no judgment, a degree of personal interest, and a pleasant word? Am I way too idealistic or would this approach actually change our day to day enjoyment of life? Try it sometime and see how you feel and also how you affect others.
In my daily early morning meditation I’m usually trying to set the tone for a happy, safe, healthy, productive day ahead. In order to do this I attempt to focus on being present, having gratitude, seeing the bright side, and being unattached to the Ka Ka of life. It all sounds easy on paper, but as we all know the day to day execution of this plan can be difficult and typically requires much practice.
*Being Present: Close your eyes and just be in the “Now”. Practice stopping your mind from going to what happened yesterday or what may occur later today or into the future. Be quiet and still in the present and just breathe.
*Gratitude: Ask yourself the following, “Taking into account everyone on planet Earth, how good do I have it right here, right now?” Never stop being appreciative.
*See the bright side: Everyone we come in regular contact with such as friends, work associates, and family is a unique being. Consciously focus on only their most favorable attributes and let the other less desirable aspects go.
*Being compassionate and still unattached: Our planet, our people, and our animals are often mistreated and the media is quick to push it all in our face. Being compassionate while staying unattached is a difficult task. The key is to be in a spiritually connected place of love, unwilling to let what’s going on around you affect your personal well being.
Being successful in creating one’s life is a continual work in process with ups and downs for everyone. Whatever we wish to be successful at requires clear direction, effort and practice. Thankfully we are the creators of our overall life experience so it’s imperative we learn how to make it work, and isn’t that what our life’s journey is all about?
My very best with love and appreciation.