Last weekend I decided to take an hour to myself. I literally shut off all the electricity in my apartment and sat down on the couch with "The Power of Now." It was so peaceful. I began reading. The neighbor's dog started barking. I really do NOT like this dog. Not really the dog itself, but it bothers me that the neighbors leave it outside ALL the time BARKING. I can't go anywhere in my apartment to get away from the yipping. My first instinct is to get angry. I decided to take a different route though. Given that I am trying to be at peace with what is going on at this moment, I thought I should calmly see this as an opportunity instead. First, I put a meditative cd into the computer. I could still hear the dog. I breathed deeply and told myself that it would pass and that I didn't have to let it ruin my alone time. Eventually, although the dog never stopped yipping, I cared less. I didn't let it control my emotions.
Skip forward to today...I come home from work to see a moving van in front of my neighbor's apartment and the dog is moving!!!
Could be coincidence. I think it's far more. This dog has been barking almost daily for over a year. Less than a week after I became "at peace" with it...it's gone.
on May. 29, 2008 at 10:25 PM