Over the past few months, I’ve had a handful of ‘crises’ to handle that seemed to pile one on top of another. But that’s how it goes right? When we feel we can’t handle any more, we are faced with another situation to do just that — handle it. And we get through it. Breath by breath, I realized that as each moment passed, I was one more moment through the chaos.
Most recently, my 9 year old dog, Hattie, tore her ACL. This is the second in two years that required invasive surgery with a long rehabilitation. I’d heard that there’s a very good chance that a dog who tears one ACL will tear the other within a year or so. Ironically, I did everything I could to protect her from exactly the situation we’re in now. What I’ve learned, though, is that Hattie doesn’t think about the previous surgery or what the future holds. She just knows what’s happening now; she adjusts her gait; she rests; and she faces the moment with whatever adjustments need to be made — without thought.
Dogs are our ultimate yoga teachers. If only we could all learn to take each moment wag by wag.
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