Because they constantly live in the present moment, animals are a great reminder to be here Now rather than lost in thought about the past or the future. If you have a pet, you can surely relate to this. No matter how bad our day might have been or how worried we might be about a certain situation, when we are in the presence of our furry companion, tension melts away and we step out of our worries even if just for a brief moment.

What is so important about living in the now? It’s all that truly exists. When we live stuck in the past or worrying about the future (or thinking that it’s where our happiness lies) we miss out on all the gifts life is trying to give us.

I learned this lesson years ago when I had a burn out. I used to always be lost in worry thoughts until a book created a deep mindset shift for me: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. It taught me to BE HERE NOW. When I was walking my dog, I started to really walk my dog (not be in some other place in my mind), watching him play with joy and noticing the lovely sun shining through the leaves.

This brought me great peace despite it being a very difficult period in my life. Living in the present moment was how I was able to move out of the darkness and into the light. It can do the same for you.

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is presence. Start one small step at a time and you will notice beauty that you didn’t before when your attention was somewhere else.

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