Digby is my mindfulness guide for living in the present moment. He doesn't ruminate about the past. He doesn't worry about the future. He does have occasional stress, like when we arrive at the vet's, or when he hears me put biscuits in his bowl and he’s locked himself in the bedroom (again), and he’s worried Barney will get there first. But once it’s over it doesn’t cause him any angst. And, his attention to the present moment isn't distracted by negative self-talk, such as, "I'm wasting my life sleeping all afternoon."
When we’re out on a walk his eyes get wide and his nose goes to work. As he runs around picking up scents, chasing flies, and searching for sticks he's a model of mindful awareness.
When walking with him, I stop and take a few conscious breaths, feeling the sensation of the breath going in and out of my body. As I do this, I take in all that's happening around me, from the buzz of a bumble bee to the scent of wild garlic, to a physical sensation in my body, to a rush of emotion in my mind. Having taken it all in - feeling fully connected in mind and body to the world around me- I start to walk again.