It seems like the amazing, life-changing magic of meditation is almost all we hear about these days.
"It's so beneficial!" researchers state. "It can change your life!" our yoga teachers exclaim. "You should give it a try," our doctors prescribe.
Many of us have experienced the magical power of meditation and believe it really is a helpful way to manage our emotional and
physical health. Yet it can be really, really difficult to maintain a consistent practice.
The thing about meditation is that in order for it to actually work, we actually have to meditate.
So here's the million-dollar question. How do we find time for meditation on top of all the other daily practices we're doing? Between working, exercise, healthy eating, and caring for family, friends, and pets, meditation can slip down the priority list.
Well, listen up, dog owners. I've got great news for you. By combining your dog walks with walking—aka Mutt Meditation—you have time to meditate every day.
Traditional walking meditation is usually practiced without the goal of "getting anywhere." Walking in the present moment is the only aim.
In fact, it's often taught within a quiet area devoid of obstacles and distractions.
My daily dog walks, on the other hand, take us around the busy streets of a midsize city, where I need to navigate curbs, cars, and other
dogs; deal with the weather; manage my time and—most distracting and seemingly unmeditatively of all—pick up his poop!
It turns out that Mutt Meditation is a helpful way to be in the present moment while attending to the needs of our loyal canine companions. Still not convinced?