Dogs Live In The Moment – Why Can’t We

Dog Whisperer
Dog Whisperer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was watching an episode of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan when something he said really struck a chord with me……

“Dogs live in the moment. They do not re-live the past or worry about the future.

Living in the moment, moment by moment works for me.

When we learn to live in the moment, we can find balance — in ourselves and with nature. “

I reflected on what Millan had said and considered my own dog (a 20 month old spoodle by the name of Angel) who greets everyone like they were her long lost best friend, even the Vet, who never sulks, gets upset or holds things against you. Who knows when to rest or be still and quiet, when its time to play, or be alert and more upbeat. She even knows when its time for a walk or a trip in the car simply by observing the actions of her human pack.

Could you imagine a dog having an issue with you because 3 weeks ago you accidently trod on their paw? And then there was that time you lost their favourite ball by tossing it into the bushes where it was never to be seen again? Do you think they worry about whether they will be getting their walk tomorrow or about having to travel in the car in a few days time or perhaps they might leave me in kennels again?

No way, because dogs are totally immersed in where they are at right here and now. Tuning into their surroundings taking in the sights, sounds and smells and picking up on the energy of the people and things around things them. They do not waste energy or time on what has been or what could be.

Imagine living in the moment, not worrying about what has past or what may be coming your way.

Imagine living life with no issues, hang ups or insecurities.

Imagine every moment as an opportunity for a new beginning, or different way of being.

Imagine seeing everyone afresh, just as they are without us projecting our preconceptions and issues on them.

Imagine every meeting is a chance to create a relationship based on being who you are right there and then based on love and truth not on past hurts or future worries.

Be like the dog, live in the moment. Let go of worrying about the past or trying to control the future.

Bring balance to your own life.

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Author: Dr Rachel Hall

The Holistic Dentist who Loves Humanity. Life is about people, connection, love and equality. People are suffering and have forgotten they are naturally amazing. By living in a way that is more self-loving, gentle and truthful we can reawaken our capacity for grandness.

7 thoughts on “Dogs Live In The Moment – Why Can’t We”

  1. We watch Cesar Milan too and get so much out of the show. It always reminds me of the joke where a man leaves his wife and his dog locked in the garage for the day; which one was happier when he got home and let them out! A dog never holds a grudge, they merely take each moment exactly as it is, without emotion. We can learn so much.

  2. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a dog lover but living in the moment is not all you cut it out to be. Take Daisy for instance (R.I.P.), rescued from neglectful owners (caged pretty much 24/7), she was given acres of countryside property to roam about til her heart’s content–swamp, woods and fields loaded w/critters to track and bay at til the cows came home. But little miss live-in-the-moment couldn’t seem to remember what the scent of an approaching car meant until she was being rolled under it over and over again! Ultimately, it cost her life and limbs after her 3rd run-in with the metal monsters…, but I guess she never held a grudge for any of the drivers either, since she had such a short memory. Yet for all it’s worth, you can have your dog’s life. As for me? I’ll keep my un-canine-like habit of anticipating the future and recalling the past just so I don’t miss any warnings or repeat too many mistakes…, like my dear old Daisy did.

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