My dog ‘Cookie’

‘Cookie’ by Philip Dodson

My dog, Cookie, has a great life. For her it is always now, always the present moment, there is no projection into the future, care-free, no repeating mind patterns, no opinions of herself or me or others, no judgements, just unconditional love.

Amazing though as humans we look at animals and say things like ‘oh it must be boring’ or ‘it’s tough for animals’ and so on. Of course, any living soul has its challenges and for animals, they have to seek food to survive. Well Cookie doesn’t, she simply looks cute, scratches at the cupboard door where her food is kept, and boom, there is another sachet of dog food.

Animals, if they maybe look at us, might say ‘look at those humans, off to work, stuck in traffic, always wanting more and suffering all their lives from their minds’. Cookie doesn’t lay there on the sofa anxiously thinking ‘oh, that was the last sachet of food in the box, what if they don’t go to the shops, I’ll starve, I might even die’ or ‘him, the big one he’s not working, what if they can’t afford to buy more food?’ and so on. She sleeps soundly on the sofa enjoying the moment with inner peace.

Humans live mainly in the unreal unconscious dimension of the mind and its endless thought patterns and resulting suffering, never appreciating this moment and the joy of it. Animals live in the conscious real-world dimension of now, free from the burden of thought and interestingly we can choose to live in that dimension too.

Yeah, no probs

Problems are created by the mind to fit the story. When we energise these ‘problems’ they consume us and the mind works to create further problems.

It helps us to be a victim or whatever other stories the ego is running.

A problem is a thought projection into the future and as the future does not exist outside our mind, thus problems do not exist either. However, we can not deal with the future as it is not here right now, therefore to the mind, it is a problem and that creates fear, worry, anxiety, and so on. Those thoughts create the emotions and the emotions create turbulence within the body, which leads to physical illness.

If we are present and conscious in the moment that is now, then there exist only the challenges that occur now. As it is now, there are no emotions to be created in the body, as it is occurring right now, and we can deal with it now or choose not to, so, for example, no anxiety, worry… Real present moment challenges are simply that, something that if it occurs now, then we can simply deal with it without any need to contemplate outcomes and their possible effects.

Psychological fears that are created by the minds projections into the future and the possible outcomes it can conjure up create problems.

A problem-free life is a choice we can all take by not energising our thoughts of the future and being conscious in this present moment now. Just deal with real challenges now.