Walking through the forest is even more magical for the senses than I imagined. There are so many sounds. The leaves rustling in the breeze, the humming insects and the ducks quacking on the loch. The wonderful blend of natural smells fills me with gratitude.
Some humans we met on our walks feel sorry for me because I have just come out of a shelter. If they let go of their own ideas and looked at me for who I am they would see that I am the happiest girl alive. They would see that I am bursting with joy and gratitude.
“You are so positive and confident,” said Eivor, “I had so much to take in when I was rehomed it took a bit of getting used to and people felt very sorry for me too.”
“I was very panicky at first,” said Seamus, “I thought I would be abandoned every time we left the house and strangers kept feeding me biscuits to calm me down.”
Neither of you had been walked before and that makes a big difference. My previous companion did take me out for short walks but I could not release enough energy. My lack of exercise left me frustrated and I became too much for him.
Other people took me for walks who did not understand what I needed and got frustrated with me. I got very frustrated with them. I am a high energy girl and I need high energy exercise and stimulation. At the shelter I was chasing my own tail in high speed circles.
That is all in the past. For me, the present moment is all that matters. I live in the now. My past, however sad or tragic some may think it is, does not define who I am today.
Dogs and humans who have suffered are so much more than their suffering. Do not allow your suffering to define who you are. Give the real you the chance to come through and shine.
This is where the inner alchemy begins. Start where you are today and live in the moment.
I am sending you all so much love,