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What Dogs Teach Us About Time

What Dogs Teach Us About Time

I went on a mini-retreat last weekend with my love. It’s pretty rare that I go on vacation without my dogs. My original plan was to leave only Sanchez with a dog sitter. There are a gazillion steps to get to the beach from the cabin, and while Sanchez has recovered well from a slipped disc in his neck, a multitude of steep steps would surely cause a re-injury.

I was looking forward to bringing Gina, until I found out that the cabin owner requested we don’t bring dogs to the beach. So, I left them home with a dog sitter and their iCalmDog. While it was hard for me to leave them, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Honestly, I’ve been obsessed about work lately and, with a 24/7 online business, it’s sometimes hard to just completely unplug. It helped that there was no wi-fi at the cabin. So my iPhone went on airplane mode two hours before we arrived, and stayed off for the weekend. Consequently, I experienced a spaciousness of time I haven’t felt in years, maybe even since I was a child.

The retreat was magical. Time was leisurely, spacious, and expanded. I was present in every experience. When I drank my morning cup of tea, I didn’t multi-task, I simply enjoyed the hot tea. I ate when I was hungry and enjoyed every taste. Sunsets were peaceful and relaxed. Shortly after, the full moon lit up the ocean as it danced with the waves.

The experience made me ponder how dogs experience time. They are wonderful teachers for us humans, as they are so present in all that they do. When they are fetching ball, they aren’t thinking about what is next on their schedule. They simply are enjoying playing ball. We have so much to learn from our pets, including how to really enjoy life while being in the present moment.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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3:18PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

If only we could do this every day. Life would be bliss. : )

1:30PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

It is from dogs, cats and all other animals that we shall learn about the real meaning of life!...
Thank you for posting.

3:19AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Yes I agree; our three dogs, one cat and guine pig have brought much joy and added much to the family since the first day they were brought home.

7:38AM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Our dogs are open books, full of hope and love each new day and all they want to do is share and experience it with us in the moment. When I take myself out of the artificially manufactured overwhelming, over connected, fast track of what the human world has become, and embrace the simple calm and all that it brings with it, especially nature, we always see new things (like that hummingbird that zoomed into our garden right next to us and stayed for a while) and feel happy and refreshed. We rest and renew just being in one anothers company. Being in the moment with a loved one, canine and/or human stays with you. It is like the antioxident/antidote to a ll the bombardments and stress we experience everyday. Dogs have love and wisdom are devoted and faithful and are ever ready to share it with us. If you are upset they listen. If you hug them they just like little filters that absorb all the awful feelings and sent back love, kisses and calm to you. They are the consistent, constant reminders/helpers of well being in our lives. They do it with us even realizing most of the time! I think its not how fast you go, its how much you live in each moment. I thank my beloved dad who is gone now along with all the wonderful canine family members past and present for these wonderful opportunities and life lessons.

6:29PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

All I can say is hooray for these comments on animal intelligence. Have a great day!

4:18AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

1:32PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Thank you Lisa, for Sharing this!

1:20PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

I love my animals, it is amazing what they can really teach us.

4:29PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

All animals live simply in the moment, as I try also to do; this is easy for me, as I was born with no concept of linear time; my motto is "Time is-I am" I think linear time was invented for those who cannot grasp the concept of infinity lol. X

5:28AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

I have often thought about how my dogs live in the moment and try to do the same. It will work for a while but, before long, I find myself starting to wind up again. Maybe I just need more practice!

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@Paul L: Mind you : the tongue is also a very important diagnostic in TCM :-).

It just shows that we should/could trust what our bodies are telling us. Thanks for the info.

I did sing along, but you may not want to listen. Play it again Sam.


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