As we approach a brand new year, it brings my thoughts to the animals I see every day in my ‘other’ business (pet sitting), and how we can learn so much from them. All they really want and all that really makes them happy is to simply give and love.
Animals were doing yoga before humans ever were. Cat/cow, down dog, frog, pigeon … they know what feels good! They live instinctively and love completely and unconditionally. Without doubt or the need to wear a mask. For whatever reason we chose to disguise ourselves, whether it’s fear, shyness, intimidation, discouragement, we hide from our true selves, but animals are not worried about how something might look or appear. They do not live in their heads, they live in their hearts. Unlike humans, they have an incredible ability to forgive, are optimistic and do not hold on to grudges. Animals live in the moment and so should we. As humans, we are too often distracted by our thoughts of the past and the future and we forget to fully appreciate what is happening in our lives in the present.
Fully alert to their senses, animals use their instincts as a way of navigating through life. Humans, on the other hand, rationalize everything and constantly ignore what our senses are trying to convey to us, and in doing so, we miss important signals about events, circumstances and the people around us.
I can’t think of a better way to enhance life than to live each day connected to our true selves, to shed the mask, live in the moment and love completely and unconditionally. May we go into 2016 living fully from our hearts and allowing our true selves to shine through.
Happy New Year!
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another. “ – Jack Kornfield