In Love of Sam

Dogs go through their own process of expansion of consciousness. Just like us, their awareness amplifies over their lifetimes. Some are here to help their humans through difficult times of growth and in this process they too experience these moments of awakening. When one of them leaves on his own terms, having lived a life of joy and fullness, you know he is an enlightened soul that can arrive in any expression of form. Sam was that. 

His coming was a complete surprise but right away we noticed he wasn’t “just a dog.” He came with an intention of bringing harmony into our then hectic life. Over the years he continued to surprise us with attitudes and behaviors that were clearly above his mundane canine abilities. And since the passing of his best buddy Xica, our contemplative existence brought us even closer together. He loved nothing more than relaxing in the yoga studio and would inevitably be the first to go in every time I opened the door.

Evolution is not a priviedge, it’s a birthright of every creature who emerges into this dimension. Both dogs and humans evolve in form, as after all they’re nothing more than different expressions of the same – Consciousness (God, Awareness) experiencing itself as a human or as a dog. Each creation is a unique combination of traits, a certain persona that has desires but also challenges, needs and resistance. Experiencing life creates opportunities for growth and a blossoming of higher wisdom that brings all back to source and into a higher vibration. 

If evolution is true for us it only makes sense that the same should be true for a dog. Each creature is a unique expression of consciousness wanting to experience itself and in that process experiencing growth and expansion. 

Sam was more than ready to ascend and he did so graciously, and I will be forever grateful to him for being part of my experience.

The veils between the levels of existence are very thin but we are mostly unable to tune into these other frequencies while alive. The rainbow bridge is the connection between our physical state and the ethereal realm that awaits us when we leave our body. But while we are here, the practice of moving within and listening to that voice of connection is a very rewarding one. In healing yoga and meditation in general we move into that state again and again. As we emerge we bring back the knowing of a different reality. One where there is no resistance, therefore no strife, where love permeates the universe and all is in divine order. And where we touch the essence of Being.

Thank you Sam, my dearest friend for the love and joy you brought into my days. Thank you Sensei Sam for all the gifts of wisdom of these past 14 years. You continue to Be in my ❤️

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Monika, a transplant from Poland and Brazil, has been practicing and studying yoga for over 20 years. She began her training in 1999 with Edely Wallace, (owner of Yoga Matrix Studio in Orlando, Florida) a yogi master, Yoga Alliance founder and author who studied in Belgium, Brazil and the US and who is at present working with lymphatic yoga research. She went on to study with Ariel Albani, a certified wellness and yoga facilitator and Reiki master. She furthered her studies while on a trip to India, practicing with different Eastern yogis and tapping into yoga as a complete path to wholeness. Monika continues to explore the infinite possibilities of wellness that yoga offers by becoming certified in Yoga Therapy at the Amrit Yoga Institute in 2015 and bringing elements of this therapy to her group yoga practice. In 2016 she was certified in the I Am method of Yoga Nidra and is weaving this technique of stilling the mind into her classes. Her Healing Yoga is a meditative flow of breath guided Asanas focused on quieting the mind and connecting with the Higher Self, in order to identify and target areas of imbalance. It is a gentle but mindful practice done with eyes closed so as to keep the focus within. Practitioners are encouraged to listen to their own bodies and to move with the breath, allowing a slow process of stretching and opening areas of holding in need of healing. Each inhale is mindfully guided to the area targeted by the specific asana. Every exhale is used to release tensions and toxins, balancing and healing spirit, mind and body.

5 thoughts on “In Love of Sam”

  1. So beautifully written…What a special light! Thank you for sharing his light with abby and I!

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