From my dogs I now know a comfort and love that I had never felt from anything or anyone else in my life. I feel quite certain that this is odd to some of you. And this I understand and respect. But it is so in my case.
While I write, I am surrounded by Rainie, Kelsie and Remy. The peace and love they exude is palpable. I find that I can breathe easier. I feel the tension leave my shoulders. I find my jaws relax, as I watch them inhale and exhale so quietly. They sometimes change position, reminding me to do the same. I am consistently amazed as they offer this unique kind of meditation.
A friend wrote and told me dogs remain faithful and that their gazes have a steady loving accepting effect on me. She said that I am the companion of Kelsie, the human whose hand steadies Rainie, and whose heart sustains Gracie, Remy and Hope. Upon deeper reflection, I ask could it be the other way around?
Five innocent angels all needing my love, attention, calm and receptive presence. I must focus and stand firm!
In the midst of a life filled with chaos, tension and struggle, I have learned to ask myself where calm and peace lie for me. The answer is easy. All I have to do is look down beside me.
I don't have to dream of what love is further. I see it. It surrounds me. I feel it, just as I can see colors and light and shapes in clouds and in the tide coming in and out and never ceasing, with a calming and receptive presence.