Experience

Everything we do in a day is an experience.  Simple things like washing our face, drinking coffee, sitting down, getting up, all are experiences we don’t even notice.  When was the last time you really experienced getting up out of a chair?   Were you really present to all the actions  your body took  to allow you to get up out of the chair?    I can’t answer for you and for myself, nope, no awareness at all of taking that action with my body.  Totally automatic pilot.

We have hundreds/thousands of experiences everyday.   Why do I bring this up, what is the point?  Our animals.

As adult humans we are in charge of our experiences.  We are making choices all day as to what we are doing or experiencing.  Not so for animals.  Their lives are lived in a boundary that we create.  What they eat, when they go outside, where they sleep, etc., and there is nothing wrong with that.  If they are living with a human they chose that way of living or that way of experiencing life.  I want it very clear no one is a victim here.  Nothing happens to anyone without their permission on the higher level.

Everyday life works fine until we reach a day where the animal is old or the animal is very sick.  We are in a position to make choices and those choices will affect their experience.  With an old animal if we choose to put them down, so they don’t suffer old age, we have taken away their opportunity to experience old age fully.  With a very sick animal the same applies.  If we put them down we cut short their experience.

This is really tricky ground here.  We have our point of view and animals have their point of view of life and they are very different.  All the time when I am working with an animal and their human I see the differences in their points of view.  The human will be upset thinking their animal is suffering and the animal will be what is the big deal with the human?  I’m ok.

My point in bringing this topic up is; our experiences are how we grow, expand and evolve.  My most difficult  experiences were when I grew the most.  It took me outside of what I knew and showed me something more about myself.

There is no right or wrong here.  The animals nudged me to bring this up so their humans could step back and take a bigger look.  No quilt, finger pointing, simply take a look.  With what the animals have taught me I no longer see life so black and white.  Many shades of grey in between.  I am very grateful for that.

2 thoughts on “Experience

  1. Wow! One of your best posts ever!. You taught me this many years ago and I am forever grateful, and so glad you’re sharing this with all your readers in such a succinct way. This way of looking at the idea of dying has brought me such peace when it comes to all my animals, both dogs and horses alike. I’ve given up the conversation about them suffering and I can listen to their wishes much easier. Like when Buster told you/me that he was “here until he wasn’t and to do nothing to prolong his life” I stopped feeling guilty and worried about doing the “right” or “wrong” things for him. And he’s still here and barking!

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