Author and Life Coach A.J. Mahari is a casual type of person. At play with her dogs, in her yard, in the spring sun lends itself to connection, nature, nurture, her beloved dogs, mindfulness, radical acceptance, lovingkindness, surrender, and a peaceful break from a busy schedule. A.J. would like to remind you to have an attitude of gratitude and to be mindful to the moment. Gifts are everywhere when we are open to them.
Today marks the one year anniversary of my dog Mandy’s death. It has been a long year of very profound grief for me. It has not been an easy time at all. And yet, ironically, as I come to meet this day, as I had feared to some degree, the meeting and experiencing of this [...]
Pets hold out much wisdom for us if we are open to it. They have such kind, unassuming and gentle ways of comforting us when we hurt, making us laugh, keeping us such unconditionally loving company.
The relationships that we have with our pets are teachers of sacred lessons. We share an intimacy with our pets that is harder and harder to find and share with people.
Pets, and yes, even cats, are loyal. My cat, while sometimes aloof, and adept at making what they want to happen only when they want it and that type of thing have a way also of just being so close when you most need them to be. Dogs are so compassionate. Dogs empathize.
Dogs are the gateway of promise that hold out so many lessons. Chief among those lessons would be the choice and ability to humbly make peace with our own knowing, our own instinct, our own inherent God-given Grace and spirituality in the service of a reverential and respecting bountiful benevolent unconditional love.
And to my late Dog, Mandy, who shared her splendid serendipitously synchronistic life attuned to my unfolding soul from April 17, 1996 October 28, 2006 Thank you, Mandy, for the legacy of your loving lessons. Lessons that continue, even now, in and through the grief. A job well done my friend. You will always be missed.