Being fully present and running through tall grass
They say that being fully present is the key to achieving wellness, healing and wholeness. That, if and when we are present, we are more engaged with our world. We are more prepared to meet challenges. We are more available to receive love. We are more open to share our gifts. We are more in tune with the whispers of wisdom around us and within us.
The Shamanic path I am on is all about presence. The personal healing I have been allowing and receiving help me to let go of those things that keep me from fully occupying the present moment.
What I have noticed about being more present is that things seem easier somehow. They seem lighter, less complicated. It is not that challenges and rotten things don’t happen. I still suffer losses and am faced with difficult decisions. I still get flat tires and forget important things and speak and act unskillfully in certain moments.
What makes all of these things easier is the act of being present. Without the worries and stories of the past pulling my energy elsewhere and without the anxiety of whether I am doing things perfectly or just right, my awareness expands to include more pieces of the present moment.
I can see more clearly that there are other factors in each moment, beyond my own perspective and actions. I can engage with the momentum of events more fluidly and feel less impatience with or resistance to what is happening.
The gift of being in the present moment is that you have the best possible chance of avoiding unnecessary complications. Perhaps it is easiest to explain by sharing a story:
My dog Peasie gave me an “ah-ha!” moment during our walk this morning. It was through the gift of being present that I -noticed the moment, and it was through the gift of being present that her actions created flawless flow.
The weather in our area has been very wet and warm lately, and the wild grasses in our area have grown very high and dense. My little Peasie dog stands less than a foot high, which sometimes creates a challenge as she runs the tall grasses to explore the land – she can’t always see where she’s going.
Of course, nothing can stop Peasie from snuffing out birds to chase and following her dearest friend Sidney (a much taller dog) on all sorts of adventures through the bush. As always, she runs full speed through all terrain, intent on the mission of the moment.
Some of the areas we walk have been touched by wildfires in previous years, leaving short sharp stumps of sage bushes hidden in the tall grass. I often worry that one of the dogs may run into one of these blackened shards and hurt themselves.
Much of my worry was put to rest when I saw Peasie’s reaction as she encountered one of the small black stumps today. She was running flat out through the clumps of bunch grass that cover the land where we were walking. I slowed down a little for her to get past me, so that she could continue at her break-neck pace.
As she dove through the stack of grass just in front of us, I noticed there was a stump hidden just inside of it. It was too late for me to do anything, so I watched with anticipation to see how hard she was going to hit.
This is when the “ah-ha!” moment came: somehow, unbelievably, Peasie swerved to avoid the stump, without so much as a hitch in her stride. She came bounding through the thick grass, and the stump was right there – directly in front of her. And she was going fast.
I winced as I saw her come upon the stump, waiting for her to hit it. But… she didn’t hit it! She somehow adjusted her momentum in mid-air – mid-air! – and lightly glided right up and over it (it was almost as tall as her).
She was long gone and the moment was over in a heartbeat, but I was still processing what I had just witnessed. How on Earth did she manage to avoid this stump? It was big enough that it was blocking her path, and there is no way she should not have hit it.
As I was wondering to myself how this happened, the answer came: she was fully engaged in the present moment. Of course! She was fully available to her activities – all her focus, all her energy, all her creativity – it was all right there at her little doggy fingertips, allowing her to see with expansiveness and react with fluidity.
In one split second, Peasie distilled this timeless lesson of the importance of being fully present down to its purest essence: when you are present, you are in full possession of your maximum capabilities and capacities. It doesn’t happen any other way.
The gratitude I feel for my animal companions multiplies each day I am blessed to be with them. And today, I think it multiplied tenfold.
Wow! I sit here, mulling over other moments in my life that have demonstrated this truth – both the challenge and suffering that resulted from my lack of presence and the divine synchronicity and wonder that unfolded from my full engagement in the present moment.
In sharing this story, I wish you many moments of awareness and expansiveness. I wish you ease and fluidity. I wish you joy and playfulness. And most of all, I wish you the gift of being fully present.
Tamryn Fudge is an animal communicator, dog trainer and shamanic practitioner and student. She offers shamanic dog training to help you and your dog get closer and love deeper - for aggression and behaviour problems, everyday learning and puppy teaching. Group and private sessions available.
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