My ‘In the Moment’ Wonder
Last month I said good-bye to my dear friend, Dakota. He was a cherished member of our family for 10 years and we shared a very special bond. He was a strong-willed boy and it took years to gain his trust and respect, but once we crossed that bridge, he let me know that I was his best friend and the bright light in his day.
But what he gave me was so very much more. And it wasn’t until his passing, that I came to understand the true depth.
At the time, I was participating in Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge. Day 17 was about the importance of ‘play time’ and creative expression. “How many of us really have fun every day?” Chopra asks as he takes us back to our youth…exploring our neighborhood… ‘every bug, plant, rock and song you sang with your childhood friends.’ All of it was new ‘and each activity brought with it a flood of ideas and creativity.’ He explains that experiences like these are for ‘glimpses of the soul, rooted firmly in the present, and impervious to time.’
As adults, we often do not make time for such experiences – moments that are truly in the now leaving the past and future behind.
Dakota was my in-the-moment wonder. If I arrived at the barn talking on my cell phone or going through the motions with my head elsewhere, he got irritated. When I made a conscious effort to leave it all behind and to focus on him, he was in heaven – and my greatest joy. We would walk bareback in silence and marvel at the snowcapped mountains in the distance, or perk up in wonder at what could be hiding behind that shaking tree limb. Cantering across green fields made me feel like a child again and my spirit was free.
I realize now the magic of that gift. “Our spirit is our source of creativity,” notes Chopra. Dakota’s spirit put me in touch with my own. “It is through play and experimentation that some of our best ideas rise to the surface spontaneously.” I felt my best when I was with him.
I can only hope that each and every one of you has an in-the-moment wonder. A time when you embrace the present and take notice of the many magnificent things around you. When you ‘let go of rigid fixed beliefs, release your fears, and remain open to being your most creative.’
I miss my boy so very much, but I know his spirit is now free of the burden and pain that illness can bring. I am eternally grateful for his love, trust and friendship, and the many wonders he shared with me.
With love and gratitude,
Lauren Del Sarto
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