Thursday, November 26, 2020

November 26--Gentle Caring

We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings.  --Sharon Salzberg

    I was presented the idea recently of writing a letter of appreciation to one's body. For someone who has health issues or whose body is not serving him well, this may seem like a completely wacko idea. I've been there. However, if one is alive right now, it's because the body is doing a lot of things right, and that is worthy of great thanksgiving. I've been blessed with years of yoga practice and teaching, wherein the emphasis is always on appreciating what the body can do, not on its limitations. The human body is an infinite mystery--no matter how much science discovers, there is still so much more to learn. A good relationship with one's body does make for lightness and ease in life. 
    Caring for other beings... not only other humans, but animal and plant life, too. It is frightening and disheartening what humans are doing to our beautiful planet. Reversing this damaging path would bring much lightness and ease to our lives and contribute significantly to our health and ultimately, our survival. While it's a huge job for one person to save the planet, it's an easy job to care for a pet. Caring for our dog Barney has definitely brought lightness and ease to our lives, as well as laughter, exercise and learning. The sleepy boy lying peacefully beside me always elicits a smile from me. His enthusiasm for a W-A-L-K never wanes. He simply loves, and it magnifies the love in our house. Pure joy!
    Wishing all a joyful Thanksgiving Day,

Barney, the wonder dog

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