This is my dog Sergeant or “Sarge” for short. He is an English Lab that mocks me every day with his “care-free lifestyle”. Aside from the fact that the complexities of his life include learning to “shake” for a treat or where to hide the chewed up remains of an Indiana Jones Collection Box, he remains stress free.
He also has this remarkable ability to make whatever I feel stressed about seem completely ludicrous. Work, school or relationship drama all seem insignificant when he persists on placing his sopping rope chew toy in my lap, despite my best attempts to ignore it. This inevitably leads me to think about how he sees the world and how playing tug-of-war for five minutes is enough to make him happy. How cool would the world be if we all carried around our favorite toys and could stop anyone to play for awhile?
Answer: Very Cool
It sounds cliche` but I really do believe that we as humans tend to get caught up in our own lives and the drama we create. This, as I understand, is why meditation is so important. Intuitively, the idea of shutting everything out probably has associated health benefits. We are an over stimulated culture, who will escape one stress by replacing it with another stress. Imagine being awake, but not thinking about anything but breathing for 30 minutes a day. Stress creates a chemical response in the body that if unchecked can cause physical damage. Meditating for 30 minutes gives your body a break from that chemical response which might be all one needs to be calm about stressful issues. Genius I Say!
I think I’ll start by assuming the position Sarge uses when bored. Unorthodox but effective in clearing my mind of any stress outside of having to explain myself to any intruders of my “meditation”. I hope your meditation methods are equally “unique”, otherwise I’ll be left with having to find a more normal pet to imitate.
(Currently Reading “The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon)