Animals are such a gift to humans. They are our teachers, healers and companions. If we observe their behaviors and habits we can learn so much about living in the moment. The beauty is, they don’t try to be present. They don’t take meditation classes or do yoga or read lots of books on ‘being in the now’. They just are.
Watch a dog as they play, go for a walk or wag their tail. They are fully present and so full of joy. And it is contagious! Have you ever noticed when people are walking their dogs how other people will automatically stop to pet the dog? There is a connection that is created by the presence of the dog.
Each animal has their own unique personality, and they don’t try to change or be something different. Ask any cat. They will tell you; they are purrrrrfect just the way they are. And cats, well, they are the masters of relaxation and being present. Our buddy Moe the cat meditated with us everyday. In fact, he did it for hours and hours on end, and he made it look so effortless.
Do you think your cat or dog worries about what happened yesterday; what is coming up tomorrow or the next day; about looking better; or how to find the perfect relationship? Chances are, the answer is ‘no’. How could they? They don’t have time for that; they are living in the now. And when we are with them, they ‘tune us into’ the perfection of the moment; our mind quiets down; and we feel more relaxed, more at ease and more content.
Animals teach us about unconditional love. They have a way of opening up people’s hearts. The ‘armour’ comes down with animals. Some people have a much easier time opening their hearts to animals than to other humans. It happens naturally, without thinking about it or trying.
Are you an animal lover? Check out Eckhart Tolle’s new book “Guardians of Being” with art by Patrick McDonnell. “Guardians of Being” is a heart-warming book that honours pets and shows us how they bring us the gift of Presence. It includes spiritual quotes from Eckhart Tolle and sweet illustrations by the creator of the “MUTTS” comic strip.
In Memory of our buddy Moe; He went to cat heaven this month. Moe was ‘one of a kind’. He was a very special friend and teacher. Thanks for the memories and good times Moe. We are so grateful for the connection.
Love Agni & Datri
After a profound spiritual experience in 2002, Agni committed his life to Enlightenment. During the years that followed, meditation became the main tool to experience the simplicity and ease of the present moment.
Agni is co-founder of Happy Monks. A company dedicated to helping people experience their full potential and enjoy a life of Peace, Joy and Well-Being. Agni teaches a simple, effortless and powerful meditation practice called Ascension that includes a series of techniques that can be used with the eyes closed (to clear the nervous system of stress and relax the body/mind) and with the eyes open (to be fully present and live life fully).
Happy Monks teach these techniques to individuals and also in the workplace. For more information visit: