Two posts from June 25. 2017
When you think you really understand the depths of love, try loving someone you never thought you could. Look into the eyes of their body, into the depth of the eyes of their living soul. Shyly blinking back at you they may be buried deeper than you ever knew to look. They are in there - lost in the darkness of your sunglasses.
I never knew how deep the well of unconditional love could spring, I probably still am just swimming on the surface. I can't wait to dive deeper.
Three dogs and a baby rabbit a tale/tail that does not end well.
I was outside with these three hoodlums this morning, Lolly black lab mix, Boo, white lab mix and Wally, pancake lab mix. Boo and Wally were playing, Lolly was MIA, presumably eating grass, searching a hole to dig or pooping, you know, dog stuff. I decide enough time has passed without seeing her dark mug that I better go look. In that moment the other two dogs also take off in her direction, quite excited and I see Lolly sprint out from a gray shed that butts against the house, take chase, scoop up a brown furry matter that squeaks in response. Oh dear, I fear this won’t end well.
The other two dogs, now also very involved, take chase and Wally scoops up the pretty little bunny as he takes chase with it. He drops it and looks at it, nudges it with his nose, nope not moving. Still, largely intact but much worse for the wear. I decide to go see if I can get the remnants before all goes wrong. It is interesting that once one dog claims the prize, the others know to back off because the fierce protection that will ensue from the current owner is never worth the battle.
I have seen this before, a possum had come into the yard when we lived mid-state and the moment the dogs darted off and started barking I knew something was amiss. There they were the three amigos, barking at a seeming dead animal, large as a matter of fact, dead animal, lying in the middle of the yard. It took me what felt like forever to get all three animals in the yard. Boo had claimed the prize. She was the last and hardest to retreat but she finally submitted. I went in to get my camera and snap some pictures. I began to ponder the validity of playing possum. I had heard of it but never witnessed the act itself. I looked it up and sure enough it was a physiological response, instinctual to stress in these animals. Fascinating!
So, from time to time I peered out, not wanting to approach ( I also read if bothered during these defensive episodes, they become very aggressive and will hurt you) and sure enough, it left. I was so glad, and the dogs were indeed not.
Score: Dogs Zero, Mom One
This was not the ending for today. Wally claimed the prize. This is his way. He will take what he wants right from the other dog’s mouths. He would not let me take the rabbit out of his mouth. I wrapped his whole mouth in my beach wrap (I was sad about that but what needs doing does not care about fashion). He would not release the poor baby and clenched tighter. I covered his nosed and pinched lightly, he was so stubborn, not growling, just really determined. No command to drop it or release would work, finally my efforts won out. My heart pounded from the effort, battle of wills to save more destruction upon the furry flesh of this poor baby rabbit.
The rabbit is landfill. I think the days of my needing a proper burial site are over. I didn’t want to toss it over the fence or another dog versus a deserving vulture, may encounter it and then it just becomes someone else’s problem.
Dogs one, Mom One
August 28, 2013
Just about Breathing
I have been thinking a lot about breath lately. I have an impending workshop I am preparing for in October that focuses on Pranayama. Pranayama is one of the eight limbs of Yoga as outlined by Patanjali and interpreted by many many other students and teachers of Yoga.
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August 18, 2013
‘Asana, when done with the right intention, will help to transform an individual by taking that person away from an awareness of just the body towards the consciousness of the
(B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life, 2005)
In our class today at Sunrise Yoga Studio we discussed Samskara, habits that can undergo transformation when we first begin to notice their presence... click here to see more: http://thatsmileinside.blogspot.com/2013/08/samskara.html
August 15, 2013
August has always been my favorite month of the year. My lucky number has been 8 and derivatives of that as well. Two and Four are good for me as well. I was born in August and the date is the 24th. I feel it is so lucky. See more here...
July 30, 2013
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