A Lesson In Non-Attachment And Letting Go

A Lesson In Non-Attachment And Letting Go

Is it possible to love something and practice non-attachment at the same time?

Since 2006 our family has fostered puppies for the Lions Foundation Dog Guides of Canada. We usually get the puppies when they’re ready to leave their moms and we’ve had them for anywhere from nine to fifteen months.

We teach them to wear the Dog Guide vest, how to ride an escalator and elevator, how to behave themselves when they’re at the mall, in a grocery store or restaurant and generally becoming accustomed to being in different public places.

Once they go back to Dog Guide University, they’re familiar with these situations and the trainers are able to focus on working with them for their specific duties while fine-tuning what they’ve learned during their time with us.

We handle all of the puppy stages and just when they start to get easy we give them back.

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Finding Time To Meditate

Finding Time To Meditate

We have a new puppy in the house. This is not unusual for us as it's a yearly (or less) occurrence; we foster future Dog Guide puppies for the first year of their life. (more about that below) For the first few months it's like having a baby here.

Xila doesn't sleep through the night yet, is up early and at this point we're living in the land of movable baby gates, rolled up carpets and the need for her to be within someones sight pretty much all of the time that she's out of the crate. So....it's been cutting in to my meditation time!

How do you maintain your practice when there's interference from external factors? It could be anything from puppies to children to work to household duties to vacation time that is putting a crimp in your meditation. 

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