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What I Know, I Learned From Dogs

What I Know, I Learned From Dogs

Everything I’ve learned so far I’ve learned from dogs!

I love watching dogs run after seagulls on the beach. They set their sights on a flock and then are focused, single-minded, and even quite passionate about running down a bird. At the same time, they are very fulfilled in the thrill of the chase, having a tremendous amount of fun just frolicking on the beach. Going home without having caught a bird doesn’t for one moment diminish their love of life.

When we realize that just being alive is the gift that keeps on giving, we may pursue our own gulls just as passionately, but far less frantically. We value the process as much as the intended outcome. We embrace whatever we encounter along the trip with loving arms open wide enough to be grateful for it all.

When we have tasted the nectar of a fulfillment that is not dependent on the outside world granting us our desires, we realize that life is blessing us as much when we don’t get what we want as when we do. In those times we get to practice being friends with reality, we must let go of our adversarial position to what is.

A heavy burden is lifted each time we release the arrogant assumption that we are in possession of the big picture perspective enough to really know what our highest good is supposed to look like. We get to more thoroughly chew on yet another spiritual slice of humble pie. A Course In Miracles invites us to digest: “I don’t perceive my own best interests.”

There is a state of being that is available to us that is not of this world. Echoes of it visit us ever so briefly; the first few morsels of cheesecake, the first few mouthfuls of romantic love, and other fleeting moments of satisfaction. For some people who consistently choose to practice “Seek ye first the Kingdom”, that state sets up shop and sticks around as part of the fabric. It becomes the foundation of a sense of self rooted in eternity.

That’s what I want, to abide in a love that is not of this world. Perhaps that’s what we all want, even when we are seeking to manifest things of this world.

Have you had enough of telling the story of ‘not enough’? Do you want out of the state of wanting that always leaves us wanting more?

Let’s remember together: “I am as God created me, and I am free, whole and complete as I am. I am enough, I have enough, and I do enough. I wake up from the dream of lack. I am drenched in abundance at all times. Every sunrise is proof of my infinite wealth, every breath is a miracle, and all is supremely and eternally well.”

When that state of enoughness takes root in you and permeates your being, you will most probably be moved to chase some gulls and have some fun.

Gangway… I’ll see you on the beach!

Scott Kalechstein Grace weaves poetry, comedy and music into talks and awakening entertainment that makes transformation fun, easy, and delicious. For more great inspiration, visit

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8:22AM PDT on May 16, 2015

This is why I get furious when people defend horse and dog racing by saying "Oh but they love to run; it's natural". Yes they love to RUN not to race. Animals don't care about money or prestige or successful racing careers. They have no concept of being a loser. They give something their all, enjoy the moment and then move on to the next thing. We certainly can learn a lot from them.

11:20AM PDT on May 1, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

1:12PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

If we do it right, we can learn something new ever moment of every day...

3:46AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014


10:15PM PDT on May 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing. They are the best at teaching us, if we just listen!

5:13PM PDT on May 25, 2014


11:09AM PDT on May 24, 2014

My best friend was my dog, I learn from him in a short time, more that I ever learn from humans; Loyalty and pure devoted love.
Thanks for this great article.

9:44AM PDT on May 19, 2014


11:30AM PDT on May 17, 2014

There's nothing you can learn from any animal that you're not already capable of.
When you look it in the eyes what do you see? A sheer reflection of who you as a person can be at any moment. Their unconditional love, therefore, is just reminder that we humans always have a choice. Practice peace and love, or disharmony and hatred.

12:53AM PDT on May 15, 2014

thank you for posting

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