"Do not turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you." – Rumi
“Suchness” – As You Are
“… the most special gift you have to offer is the living quality of your presence, the indescribable spark that makes you you. Each soul has its own multifaceted, jewel-like character, its own ‘suchness’. Even though no one can exactly pin down this ‘special something’, it’s what people love when they love you. Suchness means ‘just so’. You are just so in your way I am just so in mine. We are all just what we are, and cannot be other than what we are in the end. This is cause for celebration”.
The other day, one of my caregivers arrived with Riley – a
2-year-old, small poodle, who has come here before. I forgot she was coming or
else didn’t know, but I was having a particularly dismal morning and when my
caregiver opened the door and let Riley in, I burst into tears; both from joy
and pent-up sadness at having one more day of difficulty. Riley immediately
jumped into my lap, and the tears poured out more.
know all dogs are “good dogs”, even the “bad” ones. I know your dog is “the
best” dog ever to pad the universe. But I have to tell you Riley is at the top
of the list. She is also the Absolute Cutest Dog in the world. She is a true
lap dog, weighing about 10 pounds, has the sweetest brown eyes and the best disposition.
She is the embodiment of joy.
Many days, I contemplate what I can do to make myself feel better. I think of meditation, relaxation CD’s, Yoga, or calling my therapist. Serious stuff. Yet, on some levels, all these can take effort or determination. Dogs, on the other hand, take nothing at all to lift your spirits. They embody loving-kindness, unconditional love and acceptance. They jump in your lap, lick your face, are genuinely glad to see you. They don’t judge you; they have zero pretenses. This is refreshing. This is good news. They don’t care if you can’t walk, can’t sleep, are in pain, or have snot on your face. They simply just love you the way you are. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling at my worst, my negative judgments come sailing in. So, to have this little, exuberant bundle of joy come literally leaping into my lap, is a precious gift and a reminder that who I am, right here, right now, is perfect. I don’t need to do “it” better. I’m not a failure for having anxiety and not sleeping (again). Who I am is deserving of unconditional love – no matter what state of mind I’m in.