Instead of trying to send the mind with those “muddy dog thoughts” to obedience school, as in yesterday’s “Muddy dog” post…..I have another idea….
I think those “muddy dog thoughts” are way too feisty, independent and assertive to learn much at obedience school….and would just keep being feisty….the more I fight them, the stronger they seem to resist….
just let them go out into that 1000 acre wood….
there are plenty of brooks and ponds there…
they’ll be fine….
there’s enough food and water out there….
they’ll come back once they’ve run that energy off
and gotten the mud off themselves, too…
so I’ve decided maybe I’ll stop trying to control them
and just let them go.
Note: I think I might have gotten this idea from several different posts on zendictive’s Blog….today’s post was “The Unsettled Mind”….quote from that post:
“ When you are disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless. Having ‘peace of mind’ is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process. When there is peace inside you, that peace permeates to the outside. It spreads around you and in the environment, such that people around start feeling that peace and grace. ”
zendictive is a blog full of terrific Zen wisdom stories, including stories about not resisting!…I figure this change of strategy is worth a try….thanks Art…I’ll let you know how those doggies do out there in the 1000 acre wood…. : )
Additional Note: to anyone who just found this blog…ummm,… the other posts in this blog might make a bit more sense to you than this post does…please keep an open mind and check out other posts too…. 🙄