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Soul Health

“Give man a dog for the health of his soul.” – Hildegard of Bingen

“Make haste to Love.”― Hadewijch

Feed your spirit with…

Rest
Fun
Joy
Delight
Laughter
Curiosity
Companionship
Exploration
Discovery
Awe
Praise
Gratitude
Love

“Everything we watch, read, and spend our time doing is feeding our spirits in some way, whether good or bad.”― Steve Bremner

The Essentials

“Let the wild rumpus start!”— Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”― Byron Katie

Let your imagination roam, wander.
Uncharted territory.
Off path.
Allow unknowing, mystery.
Invite wonder, awe.
Embrace light, laughter.
It’s a big big big world.
Inside and out.
Explore, get lost, be found again.
Wild essential things.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Smallest of Things

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”— Winnie the Pooh

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss

May you live today twice.
Once being present and awake, weaving it with joy and delight.
Twice in memory, discovering simple moments, the smallest of things fill the heart.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

Surprise and Celebration

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” – Boris Pasternak

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

A surprise visit from Jeanne with toys and dog ice cream to celebrate Sasha’s 5th birthday brought the day to a fun close. Abby joined in the celebration too. Thoughtfulness, kindness extended. All in our power to offer to others daily.

Connection, generosity, celebration and gratitude, powerful actions to change a day. Text, call, connect with others today. Be kind, change the world one surprise at time. Cast light.

“It takes a long time to become young.” – Pablo Picasso

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The Chase

“Laughter is God’s blessing.” – Joseph Prince

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey

Abby was well-pleased that she was able to sneak a pair of socks outside. When I went to pick them up, she grabbed them, began flipping them in the air and the chase began. In simple things, in laughter, in silliness of something as small as this, our load lightens, and joy opens the window to let fresh air in.

Chase joy and laughter today. In a smile, in play, in simple moments, delight awaits discovery, a blessing delivered.

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” – Horace

Unleashed Joy

“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.” ― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

“But I want to extol not the sweetness nor the placidity of the dog, but the wilderness out of which he cannot step entirely, and from which we benefit. For wilderness is our first home too, and in our wild ride into modernity with all its concerns and problems we need also all the good attachments to that origin that we can keep or restore. Dog is one of the messengers of that rich and still magical first world. The dog would remind us of the pleasures of the body with its graceful physicality, and the acuity and rapture of the senses, and the beauty of forest and ocean and rain and our own breath.” – Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Off leash.
Break trail.
Into the adventures of a romp in the woods.
The adventure of a ball pursued and captured.
Companionship.
Joy.
Pulling us out of self to play and frolic.
Sheer simple delight given without reserve.
Both family and friend.
The gift of unleashed joy.

“Come with me into the woods where spring is
advancing, as it does, no matter what,
not being singular or particular, but one
of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.”
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

“Or maybe it’s about the wonderful things that may happen if you break the ropes that are holding you.”
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Grasp

“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.” – Lord Byron

“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.” – Lord Byron

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey

May joy and laughter enter each day.
Fun and frolic.
Gratitude and joy.
Silly and sassy.
Celebration in the ordinary, in reach.
To balance, to be held, to be embraced.
A choice, a decision, a gift.
Lighten up now and again, early and often.
Make it a three-tennis ball kind of day.

“He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.” – William Blake

Ordinary and Available

“The excitement lies in the exploration of the world around us.” – Jim Peebles

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” – John Burroughs

In the ordinary and available, life lingers waiting to be found and held.
Explore, inquire, imagine.
Expand your view, lay down judgment and opinion to allow fresh thoughts and ideas to enter.
It’s a new day.
Look around, look longer, look with new eyes.
What will you learn today?

“It is quite amazing how hard the subconscious works when it is made to understand that this life is not a rehearsal, there is no safety net and no assurance of any final closure. It is also quite appalling to realize how catatonic the imagination can become when we hedge our bets, opt for the safer direction at every fork in the path.” – John Burdett

Pockets of Joy

“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself.” – Jonathan Van Ness

My roommates and “life coaches” Abby and Sasha remind me daily to lighten up;
To have fun;
To be silly;
To play;
To rest;
To work (chase ball) with vigor and focus;
And when done, to leave it and move on to what’s next with rapt attention;
Amidst the duties of the day, the long checklists and chasing, invite and allow frolic, laughter and folly to create pockets of joy to lift, expand and sustain.
All within reach and available.
Be swept away in ordinary delight.
Game on!

“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch

The Presence of Wonder

“You have been my friend … That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White

The brilliance of animals is that they have figured out the power of wonder.
They know how to play.
They know how to rest.
They know how to forget.
They remain in lockstep with the present.
They are accepting without question.
A model friend.
And they unselfishly share it all with humans to lift up life a trifle.
May we all be as brilliant and generous.

“By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

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