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That's a perfectly charming tale...
It is the same story as that of HoTei, who carries a sack.
In that tale, the disciple he meets, simply asks, "Master, what is Enlightenment?"
HoTei says nothing, but merely places the sack on the ground, and nods, knowingly.
Somewhat fazed and mildly bemused, the disciple, at a slight loss, then asks.
HoTei merely picks up the sack, hauls it up on to his back, smiles benignly, nods, and carries on his way.
Before Enlightenment, Fetch water, chop wood.
After Enlightenment, sod, it, buy Manhattan apartment with all mod cons.
It all the same, anyway.
@lobster said:...Learning how to calm, explore, manage our Middle Way is a lifetimes quest. Who knows what is out in there ...
What is 'out there' is of no consequence. It's what is 'in here' that needs attention.
Moment by moment.
The point Útmutató a Léleknek seems to be making is that ridiculing a belief in an afterlife, is like ridiculing life after a baby's birth.
Apples and oranges. One is a Biological Scientific Theory. The other is a Religious scriptural theory.
And that concludes my Thought (process) For The Day.
'There is nothing either bad or good but that thinking makes it so', our friend Shakespeare once said. or as Kipling put it more recently,
'If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same'....
A situation is a situation. Trying to counterbalance it by putting a different slant on it is an appropriate measure for those less experienced, but once we come to 'See Things as They Truly Are', We learn to assign no label at all, bar the "It is what it is, because things are as they are."
(@thumbs07 has been a member since September 2015.... just not quite frequent enough so far, to go past the 'new' label... Kind of you to be so welcoming though ....)
Dogs are extremely aware of the nuances in our emotions, and we are far less so about theirs.
Because children cuddle teddies, they also cuddle dogs, but should be taught from an early age that dogs are not toys. Dogs need to be respected, and deserve their space, and to be left alone, if they're just minding their own business and enjoying a quiet time alone....
I agree with others here who say that it depends entirely on the dog, the situation the relationship, the temperament and the individuals involved.
To make a sweeping statement that dogs feel stressed or pressured when hugged, is inaccurate, to say the least....