“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being.
Allow nature to teach you stillness.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Recently, I was listening to a favorite spiritual thinker talk about meditation and “presence”. He said that our pets give us a perfect example of how to be completely present. I thought that was so interesting… and I began watching my darling 14-year old chocolate lab more closely. I sat with her and observed, not playing with my phone or thinking of what I needed to accomplish. When we walked, I watched her work her way in and out of the weeds, sniffing everything she could find. I watched her greet other dogs and people with full presence. I was fascinated with her ability. And I was reminded that dog spelled backwards is G – O – D.
That fascination quickly turned to frustration. I wondered why adult humans can’t be so perfectly present. What is wrong with us?!
As I pondered this question over a number of weeks, it came to me. There are adult humans who can be perfectly present! They exemplify presence in their everyday lives. I have had the honor of working with many of them, and they have dementia.