Vikinos Chris brought this book home from the library yesterday and I just sat down to thumb through it and found myself sucked in. It discusses how we should be more like animals. Cats can spend hours perfectly relaxed in the warmth of a beam of light. A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Guardizns Edition Verified Purchase.
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Bring to the many subtle sounds of nature ihe rustling of leaves tn the wind. Location 12 Give yourself completely to the act of listening.
Beyond the sounds there is something greater: a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought. Location 13 Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still it is. Allow nature to teach you stillness. Location 14 Everything natural — every flower, tree, and animal — has important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look, and listen.
Jusl watching an animal closely can lake you oul of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time — surrendered to life.
It is. They keep millions of people sane. They have become Guardians of Being. We are immersed in a continuous stream of mental noise. Just as the dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves its problems. We gel lost in doing , thinking, remembering, anticipating lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. Nature can show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. You may find that, as long as you are absolutely alert, the next thought does not arise. I have lived with many Zen masters, all of them eats.
We have forgotten how to be to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now. The dog is so it can teach you or remind you. The dog is still in the natural stale. And you ean easily see ihat. And while your happy moments may be rare, your dog celebrates life continuously.
You just watch the tail. Life is good! The dog has no self-image, good or bad, so he has no need to play roles, nor does he love himself or hate himself. He has no self! How to live free of the burden of self — what a great spiritual teaching.
Say yes to it. Allow it. Be with it. Allow your dog lo take you for a walk every day. Dogs emanate a goodness that people respond to. One of the joys of walking your dog is that often people come up to you and immediately tlicil hearts Open.
They are not interested in you, of course. They want to pat your dog. Dogs offer the precious opportunity, even to people who are trapped in their egos, of loving and being loved unconditionally. They have been with humans for thousands of years, and now there is a link between dogs and humans, much closer than it has ever been. So pan of But it always goes both ways.
Because by living with humans, dogs also grow in consciousness; it is reciprocal. When we do so, however, that original state deepens and turns into awareness.
A very deep meeting takes place when you perceive nature in that way, without naming things. A depth returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. What is it that so many people find enchanting in animals? Their essence — their Being — is not covered up by the mind, as it is in most humans. And whenever you feel that essence in another, you also feel it in yourself. Every being is a spark of the Divine or God.
Look into the eyes of the dog and sense that innermost core. When you are present, you can sense the spirit, the one consciousness, in every creature and love it as yourself. And so you can no longer inflict suffering on the other. You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You are life. You can sense yourself in them, the essence of who you are.
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