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One of the most significant bonds that exist between two different species is that of humans and dogs. This relationship is as a result of our ability to influence and communicate with each other despite our differences. We cannot deny the fact that we also share some similarities. This is the basis for the human-animal bond.
Studies show that dogs, like other animals, are ‘stopped in time.’ Dogs live in the moment and don’t spend a great deal of time remembering past events or anticipating future ones. They typically only do this with things that brought them great joy or great pain or sorrow.
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Humans created a physical timekeeper and deploy artificial measures to determine the time. Dogs use an internal clock to do the same. Dogs, without a watch, are able to accurately tell when their owner will return from work and know when it's dinner time. Dogs also link smells and sounds to specific activities by relying on stimuli from their circadian oscillators and daily fluctuations of hormones, body temperature and neural activity, which causes them to react the same way at a particular time of the day, nearly every day. Dogs are pretty magical.
Why Living in the Moment is so Grand
For dogs, living in the moment is the meaning of life. they are content with being here now, and doing whatever it is at the moment without having any need to think back or forward or analyze or question what they are doing.
However, for humans, our memories play a significant role in how we understand the passing of time. Being able to remember past happenings in a sequential order affects our perception of time and gives us a sense of continuity, self-awareness, and control. The ability to remember past events and anticipate future events helps humans to plan and to stay safe and alive. This in itself has some weaknesses. As humans tend to be on guard, thinking and worrying about a past mistake or anticipating the future, and never truly living life to the fullest.
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In this way, humans are unlike dogs who live pretty much only in the present. Dogs truly have something going for them. They understand how to live. How to be. And how to relax.
There is indeed a lot we can learn from the carefree outlook of our furry friends. We spend a great deal of money and exert a lot of effort into trying to relax. Perhaps we should be more like dogs. If we desire to exude the kind of calm demeanor that dogs display we should listen to what they would tell us the meaning of life is.
Straight from our dog’s mouth to our ears. But how do we do it? Here’s how dogs do it:
Just like your dog, learn to sit and be. Don’t analyze or over thinking anything. Instead, concentrate on taking deep, full breaths to relax. Watch your dog do this. They use their noses to breathe in fully and exhale deeply and slowly.
The benefits of full breathing include:
Stretching is second nature to your dog. They do it instinctively. Humans get the message that stretching isn’t socially acceptable. But dogs do it a lot, anywhere, anytime. This is a good indicator that stretching helps you be in the moment. Make time to stretch, fully, at least two times a day.
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The benefits of stretching include:
Just like Rover, be kind and welcoming to everyone... And demonstrate loyalty, devotion, and love to your family and those closest to you. Welcome strangers, be open to possibilities and be a positive influence with everyone you meet. And, when you need a break, take it. No matter where you are at.
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Some ways to be open and re-energize include:
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Based on watching my dogs, I’d have to say, “yes!” I learned this with my heart dog. He was able to get the last bits of joy out of every single day. Often he would sit on our deck, and watch the sunset, while I quietly read a book. I was amazed at his ability to sit and gaze like this for hours. He would breathe, in-and-out, intentionally heavy on exhalation and stretch out as the time went by. He knew the meaning of life. Be in the moment, be at peace, be kind to others and to yourself, and love those around you.
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