The Problem: Limited Self

Today, my wife and I took our dog Ben (above) to the local dog park. He was on a leash. Another car pulls up alongside our car and two women let out of the car three small dogs, but without a leash. All are totally free. I was a bit concerned but I trusted them. However, one of the dogs ran around the back of our car and attacked our dog, Ben. Fortunately, I had my new converse running sneakers on and I kicked “at” the dog as it approached with its jaws open ready to bit Ben or me. At the last possible moment, it backed off. The owners thought nothing of this incident. They said to me “don’t worry, if someone gets bitten we will pay for the doctor or vet bill”. That was hardly a consolation I wanted to hear. They promised me the dog would behave in the park. Well, that was a half-truth. We walked Ben at the far end of the park while these two women threw a stick for their three smaller dogs to chase on the opposite side. All was fine until we started to leave and had to go through the gate in the middle of the park. The unruly dog once again started to run toward us. I yelled at it and the owners also yelled at it. Finally it turned back. Nice and peaceful visit to the local Hollywood, Florida dog park, eh? Not really. So, what is the reason I am telling you this. In short, it is a limited concept of self that creates violence and animosity. The owners of that dog failed to teach their dog obedience and that the dog park was not its territory or home. In the world today, people falsely “own” certain things and this restricts others from exercising their liberty and freedom. OM Meditation promotes the expansion of the self so that we see others as family – brothers and sisters – all beings – humans and living beings at large. Maybe if these two women practiced some OM meditation they would have trained their dog better and it would not have attacked. Dogs are usually a reflection of their owners. So, moral of the story: it is a limited concept of self that leads to conflict, violence, and war. It is an expanded sense of self that leads to peace, integration, acceptance, and happiness. Thanks, Namaste, and Happy Sunday, Keith

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