Loving the Creator in the Creature

Yesterday we enjoyed a peaceful walk through downtown and along the Riverwalk. Something about walking through nature with an animal that brings peace (more on this later).

I recently read a great book by Ekhart Tolle and Patrick Mcdonnell called “Guardians of Being”. I love this book! It is comprised of simple words of ancient wisdom coupled with illustrations by acclaimed MUTTS comic strip creator Patrick Mcdonell.

The book talks about how our dogs/cats can teach us how to live (or “be”) much more simply and effectively, by keeping our minds focused on the present and not on past experiences and/or future worries. If we humans did this more often, our lives and mental health would be much better off. In this way, our pets can teach us some simple valuable spiritual lessons. In this way, our pets are guardians of being. I haven’t read any other books by Ekhart Tolle, but this one I have to say, I enjoyed. Here are some of my favorite excerpts…

-Give yourself completely to the act listening. Beyond the sounds THERE IS SOMETHING GREATER: a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought-
 
-It’s so wonderful to watch an animal because an animal has no opinion about itself. IT IS
-That’s why the dog is so joyful-
-Most of us live in a world of mental abstraction, conceptualization, and image making; a world of thought. We are immersed in a continuous stream of mental noise. It seems that we can’t STOP THINKING-


-Just as the dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves its problems-



-We get lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating; lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. NATURE CAN SHOW US THE WAY HOME, the way out of the prison of our own minds-


-Millions of people who otherwise would be completely lost in their minds and endless past and future concerns are taken back by their dog or cat into the present moment again ad again, and REMINDED OF THE JOY OF BEING-


-The dog is still in the natural state. And you can easily see that, because YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AND YOUR DOG DOESN’T. And while your happy moments may be rare, your dog celebrates life continuously-
 
-The human says, “I love myself,” or, “I hate myself.” The dog says, “Woof, woof,” which, translated, means “I am myself”. I call that integrity, being one with yourself-


-The dog has no self-image, good or bad, so he has no need to play roles, nor does he love himself or hate himself. He has no self. How to live free of the burden of self. WHAT A GREAT SPIRITUAL TEACHING-


-What is it that so many people find enchanting in animals? Their essence, THEIR BEING, is not covered up by the mind, as it is in most humans. Whenever you feel that essence in another you also feel it in yourself-




-We are ultimately not separate, not from one another nor from living thing; the flower, the tree, the cat, the dog. YO CAN SEE YOURSELF IN THEM, the essence of who your are. You could say God. There is a term, a Christian term which is beautiful-….


-LOVING THE CREATOR IN THE CREATURE-  
“Guardians of Being” by: Ekhart Tolle/ Patrick Mcdonnell
You can find it at most Barnes and Nobles bookstores.
-Blessings-

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