Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Speaking in dog terms, meditation is nothing ‘woo-woo’.
Our natural state is a relaxed, blissful, peaceful state. This relaxed state has been covered up, clouded over by years of conditioning. In his book “The Four Agreements” Don Miguel Ruiz describes it beautifully as a domestication process. Just like our dogs have been domesticated from wolves to becoming pets, us human beings have gone through the same from early age through a process called conditioning.
From a young age we learn what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong about ourselves,
others and the world. This is of course all subjective to where we grow up in the world. These conditionings usually leave a big imprint on us, which expresses itself in many ways; we might feel guilty, ashamed, sad, depressed, anxious and so forth for no apparent reason. This creates conflict and tension within us. Mindfulness Meditation is like a subtraction process – it peels away the layers of conditioning so that we can start to experience our inner peace, innocence and playfulness once again.
Why Mindfulness Meditation with Dogs?
Everything offered through Paws4Bliss is based on direct experience of Sanghavasini herself. Organically and spontaneously, Sanghavasini started to implement her experiences with mindfulness meditation practice in her dog training. She also noticed a significant change in her dog as she started to work on herself. She started to realize the truthfulness of the fact that we are all interconnected with all life. She realized, through direct experience, that the dogs gave her instant feedback of where she herself was ‘at’. When she brought awareness into the picture, she could consciously start to change her own ‘reactivity’ into responsiveness, and from this space her interaction with dogs totally changed. This is what she refers to as "authentic leadership". When she started to feel calmer, her reactive dog Coco became calmer. She soon started to realize the importance of understanding the perfect formula:
Dog training + Mindfulness Meditation + Understanding of interconnectedness = tremendous transformation in one’s self, the dog and the world.
Why is mindfulness meditation so beneficial to dog training?
In dog training timing is crucial. This is often where we as humans fall short as we are usually very distracted, lost in thoughts and therefore not very observant. Mindfulness meditation practice develops our ability to focus, which in turn increases our timing skills in dog training. The words “dog training” doesn’t necessarily refer to training in a class setting or as a session that we might do at home, but even in our day to day interactions with dogs. Perfect timing is a make it or break it kind of deal when it comes to encouraging the behavior that we want.
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“All you really need to do is accept the moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.”
- Eckhart Tolle