During a recent dhamma talk by Bhante Sujatha, he pointed out that our pets do not meditate. I think this was to illuminate that as human beings we have capabilities beyond those of the animal world.
And while that may be true, I also am in slight disagreement with Bhante. Perhaps animals do not need to meditate, and are actually more developed than we human beings are.
In thinking about this, I can see that there are never wars or genocide among animals in nature. So many crimes of mankind simply do not exist in the animal realm. Nature is always in perfect balance and harmony. And it is only when man interferes that we find nature to become inbalanced.
I think that any thought that we are somehow superior is a fine example of ego and dogmatic thinking.
I know that many of you may disagree, and view the human race as superior, but I just do not think this is mindful or equanimous.
When we look at a flower, do we see only the flower? Or do you see the dirt and compost, the Sun, the rain, all the components that without which there would be no flower.
And without these eyes, our nose and our mind, there would be no thought of this.
Think of this when you look at your pet, your dog or your cat. Do you see only the pet?
As long as I have practiced and studied the dhamma, I continue to be a beginner in mindfulness. I see more and more clearly that mindfulness goes far deeper than I have previously understood.
We each have an opportunity to be mindful of each step we take. Letting go of how we got here, or where we are going. Only mindful and present of this step.
I feel that I truly understand this, but that does not mean I have the skills to practice this every moment. But I think that’s why it’s called practice.
See for yourself today if you are able to be more mindful. Even if only for one small action, be fully present and fully aware.
And may you be well, happy and peaceful.