The Soul of a Dog: 5 Qualities of Being You Can Learn From Your Pooch

The Soul of a Dog: 5 Qualities of Being You Can Learn From Your Pooch
Amanda Ree Ringnalda

The soul of a dog is a very special expression of consciousness, as anyone who has ever known and loved a dog well understands. Animals have the capacity to teach you reverent, timeless spiritual truths simply by being who they are.

An indicator of progress along your spiritual path is when you start to see or “recognize” spirit within other beings. As your heart awakens to the Divine light shining within all souls, life becomes more rich, meaningful, and fulfilling. Let’s take a closer look at five qualities of being you can learn from your marvelous dog friends.

Living in the Moment

This is a profound spiritual teaching all animals have mastered. Sure, a stimulus of some kind can trigger a memory in their minds, which then triggers a certain reaction. But soon after, animals always return to the present moment. It’s their most natural state of being. Their homeostasis, you could say. Just as time spent around a friend who is jovial makes you feel light and happy, spending time around a being who is entirely present brings you to that state as well.

Just look deep into your dog’s eyes and feel how that moment engulfs you. When dogs gaze back at you, with their non-judgmental awareness, you’re able to surrender to the experience and be entirely present in return. Dogs don’t have hang-ups about time or aging. Their concept of time is so different from ours. Think of when you step outside to get the mail and come back inside to a celebration as if you’d been gone a year! They don’t know exactly how long you were gone; they just know that they missed you.

Acceptance

This is a state of being which is capable of changing your entire life experience. When you’re able to completely surrender to what is, an inner stillness sets in and you lose the incessant desire to control every situation and outcome.

Pay close attention to how your dog demonstrates acceptance. Pause a couple times today to observe when and how they display this quality of being. Notice how they’re typically content in whatever circumstances they find themselves in, as luxurious or meager as they may be. Dogs really are masters of the saying, “Let go and let God.”

Selfless Service

This is something that’s as natural to a dog as breathing. Living in the moment, they don’t have an agenda like people often do, and so this is likely why they’re able to act so selflessly; their “I, me, and mine” is out of the picture. It could be said that that their Dharma or purpose in life is selfless service, called Seva in Sanskrit. It seems that when they’re helping others and they’re cared for, they feel such joy and reward that it motivates them to do more and more of it. Sure there are times when it might not feel this way, like …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra  

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