A few months ago my dog Flower pushed out my side gate and got lost.
Flower is a pound pup, with a soft face and eyes filled with everything we love about dogs.
It pains me to say this, but I didn’t do what needed to be done to ensure this wouldn’t happen. The gate was broken, and I had been busy, and so instead of fixing the gate the way I should have, I propped heavy things against it.
In the back of my mind, I knew I was taking a chance with Flower’s life. But I left that thought back there…I left it in the back of my mind. I left something so important to myself and my family in the back of my mind instead of stopping a moment and bringing it to the forefront as it deserved.
If we’re not careful, our priorities can shift like this, without us even participating in the process.
A casualty of busyness. The collateral damage of mindlessness.
Then it becomes more important to write the email or empty the sink or put gas in the car than to protect the life of a friend.
We would never do this consciously – but somewhere along the trajectory of busy days a true priority slips to the back burner.
Another outstanding reason to meditate.
A consistent meditation practice is what juices the vigilant eye on our priorities, so that we can be choosing – moment by moment – what we really want to be spending our precious time doing.
We all spent that long night combing the streets for Flower. She turned up the next morning at the pound – the kindness of strangers.
As I held her in my arms I felt really bad. But the teaching here is to transform these kind of experiences into the path that keeps us meditating, that keeps us practicing.
We practice because we make mistakes. Because of our mistakes we get up early when we don’t want to. We turn off the boob tube. And we meditate.
So I made a promise to reignite – right there, right then – my commitment to mindful living.
I fixed the gate.
And I meditated.
Has something like this ever happened to you? Share your own outstanding reasons to meditate, if ya want to.