Too often, we humans have many complex thoughts rattling around in our minds at one time. “What are we going to have for dinner?” “What did my partner mean when they said that?” “Why hasn’t my boss responded to that email?” Pretty soon, we’ve worked ourselves up into a frenzy, and we don’t even notice the world around us.
Pets, meanwhile, live in the moment. “I am walking with my wonderful human,” they seem to be thinking. “I have picked up an excellent stick. Look, grass! Grass is so beautiful. Squirrel!” Dogs are true masters of the art of mindfulness, and they inspire us to fully take in each moment as well.