Nat Johnson – dogs, zen, mindfulness and the meaning of life

The old belief that dogs are man’s best friend is true on so many levels. There are additional mindfulness elements too, which are getting explored more often of late. 

Apparently, dogs allow us to appreciate the moment more, and force us to live in the now; sharing their unabashed joy for life.

In a piece for tiny buddha entitled The Zen of Dogs: On Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connection, author Nicholas Montemarano speaks about how getting a dog allowed him to become closer to his family on a spiritual level.

Everyday Mindfulness also ran a piece on how dogs can teach us such important traits as acceptance, curiosity and unquestioning joy. Earlier today Brain Pickings, a fabulous little site filled with trivia, quotations and generally entertaining content, ran a little story about the British singer / songwriter Nat Johnson and her ode to the canine state of carefree, perpetual zen, simply called DOG.

“If I had a dog, I would call him to me and we would forget about work and everything. 

If I had a dog, I would tell him my name and we would forget about money and everything.”

It is accompanied by a beautifully animated video and is a wonderful reminder to us all to slow down, stop worrying and simply be more dog.

Paula Mulvanerty
Paula Mulvanerty

Paula Mulvanerty is a writer and busy mom of two who lives in the idyllic West of Ireland. Committed to living a natural, sustainable lifestyle, she is one of the driving forces behind My Good Planet's Product Focus, which sources and highlights ethical, environmentally-friendly items worth sharing with the world.