Recently, I was on stage at an event answering questions and giving random audience readings. One woman raised her hand to ask a question,
“Danielle, I rescued my dog three years ago. All I know is that she came from a rescue organization in Kentucky. She’s afraid of a lot of things and I think it’s because of her situation before I rescued her. Could you ask her what her life was like before me?”
As you can probably guess, I’m asked some version of, “do animals hold on to the past?” a lot. This is such a juicy question for so many people!
Here’s why: as normal human beings, our pasts very commonly inform our present. Have you ever noticed how we label ourselves according to our past?
I’m an abuse survivor.
I’m a phi beta kappa.
I’m a high school drop out.
I grew up in New York.
I played football in high school.
This is also why we so often look for labels/stories to apply to our animals.
He’s a rescue from Kentucky. His mother was a puppy mill dog…
She’s been to four homes already and we’re her fifth. She’s been through such a tough year…
He grew up with three cats and they were the best of friends. When they died, he went into a depression and had to be given up for adoption…
How many times have you heard the whole “story” behind how this animal ended up here (or why this animal ended up here).
Well, that’s the human side of things.
The animal side? Animals think and feel very differently from humans in this respect! Animals live in the present moment. It’s that simple. Given the opportunity, animals will easily and gladly let the past go, so they can live fully in the now.
Being fully present in the now is how animals survive in the wild. They can’t sit around worrying about the damage their abusive parents did for example, as that would make them less aware of their present surroundings and therefore more of an easy target for predators.
When I do finally intuitively ask an animal about their past, what do they usually say? “What cares about that Danielle. I just want to talk about my food, the love I’m getting, the fun, what I’m teaching Sally….”
There is a lot that we can learn from animals on a deep, soul level basis (just read my Animal Lessons book to learn about that!) but for the day to day? All we have to do is look at how beautifully they model for us living in the present moment.
Give it a try for an hour today! Live like your dog, cat, horse, pig… live like NOW is all that matters because really that’s true 🙂
Love & Light,