Tag: Kindness

Gratitude for Going Vegan Together

Gratitude for Going Vegan Together

Gratitude, mindfulness, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
Mike and I made a big decision this month. We decide to go vegan. When we first discussed this I wasn't exactly sure what "go vegan" even meant. What I discovered is that it means different things to different people in the fine details but the main idea is philosophical and theological as well as nutritional. It is about lessening suffering in the world. And that is something I have been committed to for quite a while now. I can't end all suffering. As far as I can understand the world, and I'm not saying I do understand it, no one person, group, or even civilization can end all suffering. So to aim for less suffering is the highest we can humanly aspire to. What I am discovering in this process is that it feels so much more real to work for less suffering in the world in my daily life...
Gratitude for a Gentle Vet

Gratitude for a Gentle Vet

Gratitude
Watson is an anxious dog on a normal day but this was not a normal day. He developed a cyst on his eyelid which may or may not be related to the tick he had in the same place on Memorial Day. So I had to take him to the vet. Needless to say, the vet is not his favorite person in the world. Yet she was kind and slow with him. She allowed him to approach her on his own terms and did her best to examine him without touching the sore spot. But after a time it became obvious that she needed to lance it. Watson was not happy about that! She remained gentle and calm with him and still did her best to meet him at his pace. It was a slow process but in the end, we discovered it is not an abscess. By the time we got home, Watson was back to usual self. He didn't even go to his crate to recover
Mindful Monday: Choices

Mindful Monday: Choices

awareness, Buddhism, mindfulness
We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice. -- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama What are you noticing about your choices? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "dalai-lama-01," IsaacMao, 2004.