How to meditate and walk dogs at the same time.
First you pull on your dog walking togs. Sounds easy enough, except when all four canine supervisors begin to micro manage the process at the same time. Stress, right off the bat. By the time the boots are on and you have attached the leashes, they’re ready go. Out the door and down the street at a brisk march to burn off last night’s ice cream and their enthusiasm.
The march gets you breathing deeply and rhythmically, the endorphins kick in and you feel wonderful. Soon you arrive at a dirt road leading to an expanse of open fields and forest. You unclip the leashes and they’re off and frolicking. You can march easily now, no one pulling you this way and that. The sun is warm on your back, the air filled with the sweet scent of wild grass and trees, and the gentle breeze off the water cools your face. You set your mind free, focusing only on the sensations your environment provides, reveling in the oneness with the living earth, and feeding your soul from the sheer joy your canine companions take in accompanying you through this wonderland.
At length you reach the end of the path and it is time to clip the leashes back on. They are all panting now, tired and ready for the long march home. There is no pulling on the leash, they just trot along beside you, enjoying your company. You keep a steady pace, matching your breathing to the rhythm of your boots on the pavement, lost in the magic of it all.
You reach home, unclip and hang up the leashes, give the dogs fresh water and a biscuit, then settle in with your coffee and computer. Meditation is finished, you are refreshed and ready for a Wednesday ROW80 check-in.
So, on to the goals.
1. Blog twice each week.
I’m right on track here.
2. Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
Having fun with this one as always.
3. Write at least 4K words per week.
Already done for this week. Everything from now to Sunday is a bonus.
4. Read at least one book every two weeks.
Finished “On Writing” by Stephen King. Loved it. This will be well dog eared before I’m finished with this career. I am now reading Quicksilver by Amanda Quick. Loving it.
I’ve shifted my focus back to actual writing and am having fun. Perhaps I’ll post an excerpt soon of the current project. How are you folks doing? Reaching your goals? Do you take time to meditate with dogs?