I did the Sharon Salzberg meditation challenge a few years ago. It was nice – I was just starting to get into meditation. I had no idea how powerful it could be and I continue a meditation practice. It is definitely a practice because it is never perfect and ebbs and flows, much like my life.
Oh my goodness… I did this meditation tonight but should have earlier. I went for a walk earlier with my friend and her dog. There was a gentleman who was taking it upon himself to inform everyone of a sign requiring dog’s to be leashed. This is an area where, in Spring and Summer, it is indeed a good idea to keep your dog on a leash but in the midst of winter there are very few people out and most keep their dog off leash. There was a minor confrontation and the remainder of our walk was making fun of this person and wishing we had come up with a snappier retort.
I’m not sure this meditation would have changed that reaction exactly but when Sharon mentioned about someone being afraid of dog’s it struck a cord. Just because I think this person should mind their own damn business doesn’t matter. Maybe they had a relative get mauled by a dog? Then again, maybe they are just a disgruntled jerk? Who’s to say???