My Dog Brings out the Zen in Me
by Ellen DuBois on 02/09/19
I love taking pictures of my rescue dog, Cooper, along with many other things. But, speaking of dogs, I've come to realize how much they have to teach us. We often hear from dog owners of the unconditional love from our beloved pets, and I can vouch for that.
What I've also learned is how Cooper has helped me to see and appreciate the beautiful, simple and quite profound things in life.
My dog has taught me that play time is necessary, even after a long day. When I get home, Cooper doesn't know that I just want to plunk down on the couch. What he wants is some play time with his ball! (His favorite!) So, I oblige and before I know it, I'm laughing at his silly antics and engaging in a game of ball chasing and laughter. My dog shows me that no matter what, play time is essential to balancing out life. Playing with Cooper helps me let go of my troubles, get out of my own head and enjoy the moment.
When I take my dog out, I see beautiful moments that are so pure, (and cute), that I have to take a picture. This further brings me out of my own head and keeps me present- in the moment.
When I'm playing, taking pictures of or snuggling with my dog, I forget about the phone call where I was on hold for a half-hour, or worrying about, well, anything. None of it really matters because worrying never did anybody any good.
When I'm watching TV and Cooper snuggles up to me, I feel the love and trust my little guy has in me. It calms me and makes me smile- from the inside out.
It's very zen like. There's a natural order, an awareness that takes place when I allow myself to just "be" with my dog.
My dog bring out the zen in me.
That's one of a million reasons I love Cooper so much, and all the other dogs I've had in my life before him.
*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
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Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, a support site for women and their families who have miscarried.
I'm published with Blue Mountain Arts, and am a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (a Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns.
I'm also known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond. Music is another passion of mine and I'm blessed to share the gift of music. I'm also a shudder bug like my mother was. I love taking pictures.
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