Category Archives: Meditating with Dogs

How to practice mindfulness and other meditations with dogs

When The River Divides

Rico, Roxy, and I have rediscovered our rhythm, merrily rowing along the river of life. There have been no new medical crises since Roxy’s cancer diagnosis. Roxy still shows no ill effects from her ongoing chemotherapy. Now, however, we’re coming … Continue reading

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Learning To See Again

  Something about the way the morning sun lit up the lake and the Canadian geese around it arrested my attention. Thankfully. Because something about the way the ground smelled arrested Rico and Roxy and I couldn’t get them moving … Continue reading

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How Do You Respond To Your Dog’s Barking?

What if people only expressed degrees of anger or fear at everything you said? That would suck. But that’s how many of us respond to our dogs’ barking. We might intellectually know dogs use a vocabulary of noises, including barking, … Continue reading

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Daily Meditation Using Eight Everyday, Stressful Moments

  No matter how hard I tried, daily meditation didn’t help me with everyday stress. Apparently, sitting alone on a cushion wasn’t the same as being face-to-face with a bitchy colleague. Or a fickle lap top, a stressed-out loved one, … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Poop Scooping

Yeah, I’m going there. Because there is a legitimate Zen-like quality to slowly, meticulously pacing up and down the yard, single-mindedly focused on spotting Rico and Roxy’s “gifts,” and carefully picking them up with my scooper so as to not … Continue reading

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Walking Meditation, Doggie Style

This past weekend, Rico taught me a very important lesson about walking with dogs. We’ve reached the point when walking him and his sister, Roxy, no longer exercises my body. But it can always exercise my mind. Our nature walks … Continue reading

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Sleep Like a Dog

  Roxy is our champion sleeper. Her ability to sleep anywhere at any time under any circumstances is the envy of our whole family. She can be right at home sleeping on our bed… Or on someone. She can sleep … Continue reading

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The Martial Art of Dog Training?

Have you ever stood outside while it’s snowing, just watching the world disappear under a white blanket? Living in Virginia – born, raised, and still loving it – I noticed at an early age that as snow falls, the sounds … Continue reading

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