"Like a dog, feel what you're feeling:
Bark if you're worried.
Growl if you're angry.
Yowl is you're sad.
Sing if you're happy.
And if you're really happy,
wag your whole body ... "
Who better to teach a lesson in mindfulness than a beloved dog and its young owner? Dogs live in the now, and can certainly teach important lessons if we just pay attention. Lessons like stretching upon waking, wagging the whole body for whatever the reason, and loving unconditionally. There are many things to be aware of as you watch your dog throughout the day.
This pup is a very appealing one and has all it takes to help teach lessons in ways that make the day better. As the hours pass and seasons change, the two have many experiences that encourage careful consideration for the way things are handled. The author provides many instances when being together makes all the difference, and offers abundant reminders to deal with those events with careful thought and honest emotions.
Pete Oswald creates appealing digital images, using cut paper and scanning in watercolors. The final two spreads give advice for taking mindful nature walks with friends through the seasons, as well as suggestions for seeing, feeling, and tasting like a dog. Information framed on wooden stakes along the path offer further learning. Finally, a Mindful Breathing Exercise is suggested.
Those who love dogs will especially appreciate this.