Selfless acts and dog walking mditations
- pontifexmaxim@h...> wrote about meditating while walking the dog:
techniques that can be used there? I don't think slow breathing
techniques would work because I walk at a relatively fast pace and
have to breathe quickly. However, I know it's a great half an hour of
my life which I could include meditation in."
and Bobby G shared this excellent "real" technique:
Actually I did a walking meditation for about eight years that I felt
very good about.
Four steps on the in breath. Hold two steps.
Four steps on the out breath. Hold two steps.
And Eve posted this thought provoker/thought stopper:
"When you do things for others, it is for one of two reasons:
1)because it makes you feel good (which is actually a selfish
2)because you recognize that your ego(self) is not who you are.
Your actions are truly in the service of others. They are true
selfless actions because there is no "self" motivated to do the
action. But then this led me to ask, "Who" is the selfless act for?
Well, all this did get me to thinking about how much I love going on
walks with my dog. And how I do use the time meditatively, to witness
my breath and my life as it is taking place. Because if I don't walk
him, he'll go in the house, and if I don't breath, I'll die, and if I
don't pay attention, I'll surely step in poop. So, the "Who" could be
the combination of me, my dog, and my wife (who is so nice, she'll
help clean up the mess, whether on my shoe or on the carpet).
Seriously, Duke was 12 last week and his breed, Newfoundlands,
usually only live til 7 or 8, so every step, every breath, every
moment we share, is a blessing. In reality, we can't really act at
all ("Thy will be done"), nor can we judge if our acts are good or
bad, selfless or selfish, or "Who" is involved or evolved. Generally
speaking, it is said that if your action/reaction takes your peace
away, it's "bad", and if it brings you peace, it's "good", but I can
assure you that even poop cleaning can be "good". It really brings us
together as a family, and that is a nice form of peace.