Eight Paths of Puppy

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Follow the path of intention.  Grow and become a true dog.    Embrace the joy of being-dog.

Follow the path of attention.  When you see the leaf glow in the wind,know that it is part of a world.  Watch the leaf, it lives on a stem. Follow the stem and find the trunk.  Follow the trunk to the rich dark earth. Lay on the earth and simply pay attention.  In this one thing, a world.

Follow the path of obedience.  If you are wild, obey the pack leader.  If a companion, follow your human guide.  If you work, do the best you can.  If alone, follow yourself, know what is right for you.

Follow the path of the sky.  Know the sun, wind, snow and rain.  Lay in the warmth of the sun. Watch the dance wind creates.  Taste the snow on your tongue.  Feel the life rain gives.  Know the moon and the shadows created in its light.  Look at the stars and know that there are planets, universes in the vastness man calls space.

Follow the path of focus.  Know what matters and see that thing, do that thing.  Watch and be aware.

Follow the path of the teacher.  Show man and woman the world through your eyes.  Help them see the single yellow sunflower by the sidewalk.  Help them enjoy dry red leaf blowing and tumbling in wind.  Help them see all the small wonders around them.  Stop and make them see the miracle that is life.

Follow the path of the moment.  Sink into wherever you find yourself.  See it.  Taste it. Smell it.  And in doing that brush every moment of your life with meaning.

Follow the path of Puppy Peace.  Share that peace with all around you that in your presence they may know contentment, acceptance and the smile of your wagging tail.

Tacara’s Moishe Meshindi age ten weeks.  Transcribed by Janice Eskridge © 2015

About Winding Stream Press

Janice DeRuiter Eskridge, M.F.A. is a poet who worked for over a decade as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. L.M.F.T. is a university professor who teaches in the areas of child development and counseling. She is also a therapist in private practice.
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