We have a new puppy. He is lovely and sweet and rambunctious and a little demon. The experience puts me in mind of when my son was a baby and toddler. There is the constant supervision and use of the word “no”. There are the nighttime and early morning disruptions for pottying and feeding. There is the jealous older sibling—a cat in this case. There are the unbelievable bursts of frenetic energy followed by sudden collapse and exhausted napping. And then there are the peaceful moments of rest, especially in the early morning. After his breakfast at 6 AM, the puppy wants to cuddle on my lap. It vaguely reminds me of those early morning feedings with my son when it was just us in the darkness. A special bonding or oneness took place. The experience was truly the height of living in the present moment. At those times you are with your child and can be nowhere else. Busy-brained as you might be, there is only one thing you can be doing—holding and feeding your child. I know a puppy is not quite on that level, but it has been almost 12 years since my son was born. I get an inkling of the same feeling sitting in my pajamas on the floor before sunup with the puppy contentedly sprawled on my lap. I’ll take my moments of
mindfulness where I can get them.
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Heather Krantz, M.D.
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