Category Archives: ZEN & STUFF

COTTONWOOD FLOOFIES

It snows in spring in Western Washington. Not the cold stuff…we hardly see that throughout the year (unless you’re at a higher elevation), but the seeds from the Black Cottonwood that blow around on dry days is remarkably like big fat flakes of snow. We get so much of it that it piles up in drifts. But, it behaves different than snow or fallen flower petals (which also fall so thick that they collect in drifts). The Cottonwood seeds barely rest on the ground so when you pass they swirl up and dance around.

After a spell of dry days, I saw a spectacular wake behind my dog as we biked along. I thought, ‘This is so fantastic, I should take a video”. But, alas, I was too caught up in the present moment to do anything but relish in the wonder.

ZEN, PRESENCE, & LEARNING

In the process of getting older I strive to let go of the things that don’t “work” for me. You know, those things that don’t feel good, that you feel like you should do but don’t want to, those things and thoughts that bog down your consciousness and creativity. Ironically, though, I find myself consumed with circles of thoughts spiraling around these undesirable things when I so wish I could let go of them and embrace any of the many things I’m passionate about. Such is life as a human, I guess.

Actually, I love getting older. I learn things that are so helpful. Without boring you with my lessons, let’s instead talk about some things that I’m really passionate about!

I LOVE being present. Being totally and completely there with my dog as she feels the joy of her first time pulling. Or drinking in the energy as I observe my dog basking in the sun as she lies on the grass. And what’s better than watching a dog roll? Raising my child I am so lucky to actually be with him throughout the day. I can watch how he is in all sorts of scenarios and in different phases of growth. Everyone says how kids grow so fast that you miss it. I appreciate the warning and have not missed much! Sure, my business may suffer as I don’t keep a pulse on Facebook. My attention is elsewhere.

I don’t think I could live any other way because I count on being present to inform me about what actions to take. I don’t know how I could be prepared otherwise. My training and teaching takes on an organic development. It’s greater than just what I could plan for. I hope to be able to connect with clients who want a wholistic approach to their life with their dog. I don’t want to help you teach your dog to jump an agility jump or weave, etc, when your dog won’t give you the quality of engagement that tells everyone watching that that dog is “into it”. Sure, you could get a dog around a full agility course, even be competing, but, I still won’t buy into any of the end results until your dog wants to work and values the job (whatever that may be, agility or otherwise). I’m happy to help people fix glaring omissions in training, but it takes a very special person to put this work in. The beauty of it, though, is that this learning will change your life with this and every dog following. I don’t mean to make this sound too inflated, but, this knowledge, along with the skill to apply it, can transform life with your dog (and possibly also with your kids and other relationships, too).

Now, I’m not saying that I’m ultra enlightened or anything so grandiose (or even anywhere close to that). I’ve been (still can be) quick to fly off the handle, burned many bridges with my tactlessness and lack of respect for formalities, and have plenty of communication skills to work on! But, since we have an active role in co-creating our world, I want to add a chapter to this blog where I can share some Zen moments with you. I’d love to hear if something resonates with you!