Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's All About the Love

Yesterday I happened to be home during the Oprah Show...not always the case my schedule gets crazy some days. Anyway the subject was the human animal bond.

They started the show with a story about prisoners who are part of a service dog training program. This segment was a real tear jerker. These big tough guys were talking about raising and training puppies to be service dogs for veterans. Most of them became emotional and were crying as they talked about how the dogs helped them discover love and compassion, emotions and feelings they had buried so deeply they thought they would never feel them again. It was incredible, and poignant and so right on!

This is the underlying theme of my doga philosophy. The possibility of the relationship with our dogs opening us up to deeper feelings of love, connection and compassion. Even if we are capable of feeling these things already, our dogs can help us expand these feelings to a deeper level of connection to everything around us. Our dogs also bring us so much joy and happiness, and I always say if we are truly happy and joyful we are in the most spiritual place we can be.

Yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind, Doga starts the fluctuations of the tail
(i'm gonna put this on my next t-shirt order, what do you think?)

Brenda, Gus and Honey


At May 17, 2009 at 4:31 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Brenda! I also saw that Oprah episode. It was really heart-warming to see how the bond between dogs & humans can really change someone, even a hardened criminal.

At May 17, 2009 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Brenda Bryan said...

I know! So cool. It was a timely episode for me because I'm thinking about attending the Human-Animal bond conference this fall in Missouri. Thanks for your comment Dee!

At May 18, 2009 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Dogs for the Deaf said...

I think that would make a terrific t-shirt!

Wish we had Doga here in Southern Oregon.


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