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Mindful Meditation with your Best Friend

I enjoy meditating at home. Sometimes I just sit down on the floor and get started. I wanted to practice a chanting meditation. I was chanting “Om” to center myself. I was focusing on this sound (It has been called the sound of the universe) to help me slow the thoughts that were entering my mind. Apparently, this was making my dog uncomfortable. This is challenging for me! I love meditating, and I can’t do it without Cooper trying to get my attention. I plan to keep chanting and see if he becomes more comfortable with it. I am also planning to try the chanting outside to see if he will sound off with me. Cooper and I have howled at the moon together before, so maybe he will!

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” 
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace


Meditating is the art of going with the flow. Meditation is accepting whatever arises at the moment for you. In this video, you can see that I am laughing and cheerful. I could have been upset and frustrated with my sweet boy for disrupting my meditation. That is not what meditation is about. I am happy to have his curiousness in my life. Just as I have become familiar with my meditation practice, so will he.

Go with the Flow

Have you meditated with your dog around? How did your furry friend react to this new habit of yours? Is your disruptive dog part of the reason that you have been avoiding meditating?