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Pet Lessons

A friend and delighted owner of a new puppy sent me this story that explains all about pets.The Institute for Biblical Archaeology today announced the discovery of an early version of the Book of Genesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls. If authentic, it would shed significant light on the question, "Where do pets come from?"
... And Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the Garden, you walked with me everyday. Now, I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."
...God responded, "I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and will be a
reflection of my love for you, so that you will know that I love, you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfishly, childishly and unlovable you behave, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."
Thus, God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail.
And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a worthy name for this new animal." And God said, "Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG". (GOD spelled backwards!) And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
Aren't pets wonderful!! I sometimes wonder how people make it through difficult times without a pet. There have been so many times over the years that I have come home tired or depressed, my ego deflated, and my dog Jefferson was there to greet me at the door with his outpouring of unconditional love... no questions, no judgment, no comparisons, just love, and he totally shifted the mood of my day!
We lost Jefferson last spring after almost 11 years... we miss him tremendously. He was such a model of living in the moment and of living fully from his heart. He was pretty much happy about everything! Happy to chase the cats for their bedtime ritual, happy to have dinner, happy to have someone rub his tummy, happy to nestle between Dave & I on the couch, happy to guard the front door, happy to go to bed, and happy to get up and enjoy a new day's adventure. It didn't matter what the activity was, he was happy because it was his nature to be happy. It was his nature to love unconditionally and share that energy with others.
Amazing! If we could only be so advanced as to love and accept all of life as our pets do. Through our yoga and meditation practices we can reach the place where, like our pets, we love unconditionally because that's our nature, because underneath all our layers we are love. Until then, we can learn from our pets as they model for us this advanced and very yogic behavior.
This fall as you head back into the activity of the back-to-school season, remember to take some time to be more like your pets: drink in the experience of being alive, breathe deeply, sniff the breeze, and shine your heart energy all over everyone you come into contact with. They'll never know what happened to them and it will totally make their day!


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