This is Abby our 10-year old pointer-collie mix. She is smart as a whip, amazing at communicating what she wants, but also one of the most gentle, loving and serene souls I have ever encountered. (Just look at that smile.)
Abby knows that you really can strike a balance of…
- Presence to the really good moments in life (like sniffing the breeze outside on a sunny day), and
- Peace in the midst of stress (like snuggling up on the couch with her gray blanket when her loved ones keep going outside without her for some reason), and ALSO
- Going after the things you really want in life (she would like another treat in her Kong please).
We do have the power to stay present and authentic in our lives, without meditating for hours or denying our real feelings.
Give yourself permission to indulge every once in a while. Look for moments of joy, and let yourself want things – you deserve it.