Monday, February 27, 2006
Take it.I missed something completely with my post yesterday, in which I was talking about this trick we're teaching Sam the Dog -- how to leave something bad on the ground, how to not ingest everything he comes across. The way I'm supposed to train him to do this is to put a treat under my hand on the ground and say Leave It over and over while he goes crazy trying to get at it. The moment he spaces out and stops paying attention, I uncover the treat and say Take It! So he learns to detach in order to get what he wants.
The leaving it is what intrigued me. But the taking it is far more challenging.
Because after the detachment there does come the treat. And you, the Cosmic Puppy, get to take it. It's not lessened because you detached. It's YOURS... because you detached.
You now own this treat. It now comes to you. You can now enjoy it fully.
So it's not JUST about the zen detachment from the longing. It's ALSO about the zen ownership of what is yours.
So if there's love in your life, take it.
If there's abundance in your life, enjoy it.
If there's peace in your life, live in it.
If there's goodness in your life, accept it.
The treats are there. The treats are available. The point is to not ingest poison. The point is to make the having more sweet, and the desire less potent.
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Sunday, February 26, 2006
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Sunday, February 05, 2006
Year of the Dog
Yesterday the kids and I were able to revel in some of the perks of living in an urban metroplex. We took the Goldline down to Chinatown and watched the Chinese New Year's parade.
As far as annual "must do's" I think it's off the list. It was a parade, after all, which entails too many people and too little comfort. However, it was a great excursion.
We met our friends Kathy and Jillian there and we wandered around, bought cheap boxes of snapping poppers, smelled the smoke of the fireworks that were set off intermittantly in the middle of Broadway, and felt the pounding of the drums as they beat out the rhythms for the dragons to dance to.
As icons go, the chinese dragon is one of the best. Eyes lolling out, mouth grimacing in a half-grin, the body sinewy and flamboyant... it evokes a sense of wonder and delicious terror. The dragon is a symbol of auspiciousness and is used to clear out the bad spirits from the old year. The clanging cymbals and beating of the drums are used to scare away negativity and to insure that forward progress can continue unimpeded.
An emerging theme for me this year seems to be space clearing... whether by force or by choice. Things are changing in my life and the process has been unnerving. I hope the dragons do their part to cleanse and purge. I want my inner dragon to dance down the street, pulsating to the drums, delighting and scaring the children.
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