I usually go on a walk each day. It’s refreshing to get away from the computer, move around, and breathe in some fresh air. Like many people, I find my mind wandering all over the place during these walks. Projects and bills to pay and a million other things I need to write on my to-do list. Then I remember to be like a dog. A dog is fully present at all times. On a walk he’ll stop and investigate an interesting smell or an unfamiliar tree. He’ll revisit places. He’ll roll around in the grass with glee. An unexpected squirrel sighting can totally derail your dog walk because your dog HAS to get to know that squirrel immediately.
If another dog crosses your path, watch out. There will be introductions, most likely loud and insistent. There may possibly be an altercation. A dog has no plans. Zero. No to-do list. No email to check. No chores. No dry cleaning to pick up or groceries to buy. No bills to pay. He’s totally present for whatever comes his way. No judgment. No worries. Just rolling in the moment with what is.
The next time you’re on a walk, or wherever you happen to be, and you notice your mind wandering, remember to be like a dog. Practice mindfulness. Take a deep breath. Notice your surroundings. Be curious. Really look at your path, at the sky, at the birds or plants you see. Smile and say hello to the people you meet along the way. Above all, breathe deeply, and say thank you. Thank yourself for giving yourself this time. Exhale. This moment is all there is.
Photo credit: Image of puppy by Karen Warfel from Pixabay