Monday, April 24, 2006

The Dogs and the Dolphins

From ancient times, the benifits of living in the moment have been expounded upon by philsophers, religions, and other disciplines.

Many creative producers and artists will tell you that time dissappears when they are in "the creative zone." It has recently been brought to my attention through a most radical book, called "Cesar's Way," by Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic's Dog Whisperer, and dog psychologist to the stars, that dogs, man's ultimate best friend, only live in the now.

It was one of those Wow! slap your forhead kind of moments for me. Forget all this conditioned response stuff that Pavlov made so famous. My little 10 pound daschund was only living in the moment when he left me that surprise package in the middle of the night on the path to the bathroom.

According to Cesar, we must become the pack leader and provide excercise, disipline and affection in that order if we want to gain the confidence of our four-legged friends. He also declares that American dogs are more indulged and thus more neurotic than dogs in other countries.

When I put Millan's advice to the test, it became apparent that he was right about a lot of things, and so I began to ponder that perhaps, as he declares, dogs, and the rest of the animal kingdom are merely living in the now. They don't worry about the past, and certainly don't consider the future.

Upon the advice of some popular books, and some other spiritual advisors, I have often tried to live my life in the now. It's quite easy when I'm in the creative zone, and much more difficult when I have time on my hands. As humans, I guess we're much more neurotic than our neighbors in the animal kingdom but then again, I don't see the the dogs or even the dolphins making art. I guess there are some benefits to this cognitive thought.

(c) 2006 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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