I Sleep With The Light On Now

August 22, 2021
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Bodhi is named for the bodhisattva. Bodhi is a Sanskrit word meaning enlightened.

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It’s true, I sleep with the light on now. It’s not because I’m afraid, it’s because I have a puppy! Bodhi has been with me for five weeks now. She’s barely four months old and, and she’s really the smartest most considerate four-month-old I can imagine.

Bodhi sleeps beside my bed on the floor. I was going to try crate training but she had a strong aversion to the crate (I think because of her early months.) From the very first night, she’s done REALLY well sleeping beside my bed on a blanket. She likes to sleep on her back with her head under my dust ruffle:

She doesn’t make much noise at night. She doesn’t even chew my slippers. And she goes all night without peeing. Bodhi shouldn’t be able to do that at her age. Puppies can only hold their pee for about 1 hour per month of age. Bodhi can hold her pee all night.

I know dogs can see really well in the dark, but I’d like to make sure Bodhi can see where the pee pads are just in case she needs to make use of them. She’s so sweet and playful in the morning. She can tell when I’m awake and she jumps on the side of the bed to greet me. Bodhi always waits until I’m awake before she jumps up. So thoughtful!

I’m making so many life adjustments to be able to live with Bodhi.

Every day I watch puppy training videos on YouTube and every day I’m training her. I don’t kid myself, I’m the one who’s being trained as much as Bodhi. We watch them together:

I’m glad to have a sweet little puppy at this point in my life. I’ve learned to be patient and accommodating. I don’t feel upset when she jumps into a mud puddle and needs a bath right before my class.

I realize I need to allow more time for things now. Like all babies, she cannot be hurried without consequences. I have to keep remembering to leave time to take her out so she can do her business and so we can play together.

What I witness with Bodhi is that she’s very chill. I think it’s because I don’t worry about her. I mostly walk her off-leash and she mostly stays with me. We’re in the country, so as long as we stay away from the road, there’s nothing to be worried about.

I don’t fear that she’ll getaway. If she did, she’d find her way back.

Sometimes she gets out, but she doesn’t go far. She usually ends up sitting on the front porch. On Friday I was doing a spiritual counseling session in my office on the second floor of my house and I heard something splash in the wading pool I have for Bodhi. I ran downstairs only to find her (fresh from the pool) maxin’ and relaxin’, chillin’ and willin’ on the front lawn. Yesterday she did it again and I discovered how she was escaping, a clever girl.

I don’t ever scold her or yell at her except to sometimes tell her “No!” And I’m never upset with her. How can you have a baby and not be tolerant of their baby’s ways? In return, she’s so good and respectful.

I give her lots of toys and she knows what’s mine and what’s hers. She might grab my shoe and mouth it a bit, but she’s not damaged anything yet – except her own hairbrush and I’m the one who let her chew on it, so how can I complain?

My younger self would have gotten so irritated and frustrated. I’d have yelled at her and probably shamed her. Now, I know that I catch more puppies with treats than with yelling at them.

The other day I left a bowl of delicious veggie pasta on the stairs while I went to talk with a neighbor. She was outside so I thought it was safe. When I was focused on the neighbor she went into the house and spotted the pasta immediately.

She could have eaten the whole bowl in a flash. It’s shocking how fast she eats things. I literally have dog dishes that are designed to slow her down and make it harder for her to get the food (and more interesting).

Guess what? I realized my error of leaving the food so easily within her reach because she started whining. She wanted to eat the pasta but she knew it was wrong and she was experiencing a deep moral dilemma. She alerted me with her whines and I ran into the house to rescue my food. She didn’t even touch it. That’s amazing!

She’s barely four months old and she’s THAT considerate.
What a great teacher she is!

I’m really looking forward to the years to come and the adventures we’ll have together – in life, and in our relationship. She’s a spiritual being, and together we’re having a spiritual life that includes spiritual practice.

Bodhi is named for the bodhisattva.

Bodhi is a Sanskrit word meaning enlightened. The other day we went for a walk at the Peace Village and I sat on a bench by one of the Ksitigarbha statues. Kṣitigarbha is a bodhisattva revered in East Asian Buddhism. As soon as I sat down on the bench by the statue she came and sat in front of me looking at the statue too.

She’s a precious being and a mighty companion for me. I hope I’ll be able to take her with me when she’s trained as a service dog and perhaps I can bring her on retreats!

Right now, I’m planning only online events, but I know we’ll be getting together in person again and we’ll appreciate it more than ever. In the meantime, I’m so glad for zoom.

My next retreat will be Stop Playing Small online starting September 10. I’m sure Bodhi will be there and you’ll get to see her if you join us. We’ll do some deep work and have some FUN together!

Are you ready to stop playing small? I’m offering an online retreat that starts on September 10. It’s one of the most effective and successful things I’ve done. People repeat it 3 and 4 times because they get so much out of it. If you feel like you might be playing small in some area of your life – this could be your breakthrough! Plan for your success and we’ll do it together – click here to learn more about the Stop Playing Small Online Retreat in September.

TODAY, We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with inspiration and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. My BFF, Karen Russo, author of THE MONEY KEYS, is our speaker and I’ll be leading meditation. If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.

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One Response to “I Sleep With The Light On Now”

  1. Angela says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about your precious pup! I so appreciate when you said, “I don’t ever scold her or yell at her except to sometimes tell her “No!” And I’m never upset with her. How can you have a baby and not be tolerant of their baby’s ways? In return, she’s so good and respectful.” This has inspired me to forgive myself for scolding my toddler puppy 🙂 and to move forward with more and more love, patience, tolerance and allowance!

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