Be Cradled

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In a world full of dangers and challenges, it’s only natural to stay alert and poised to respond to threats.  But does this truly serve us?  Not so much.

Joyful Springers are cradled.  They let themselves settle in to the safety and peace that the universe has to offer; they relax and accept that all truly is well.

Whenever you notice you’re tense or stressed, try this brief exercise:  Close your eyes and imagine you are being gently held in the arms of a being who has your best interests at heart, a being who loves you exactly as you are.  When you do this little visualization, you’ll probably notice your muscles relaxing as you take in the truth of what you’re imagining.  Because the truth is that you’re always being held in this way, by your Creator.

[I was organizing some of my photos and came across this one of my beloved Muggins.  I took this picture just a couple weeks before she passed away on October 19, 2009, at the age of 17 years and 17 days.  In her last days, she forgot what she knew about going outside to relieve herself, so we would occasionally scoop her up and take her outside where we'd set her gently in the yard and wait while she wandered around and eventually peed.  Tim often carried Muggins like he is doing in this photo, cradled in his arms.  She always settled into him, fully relaxed and trusting him to do what was best for her.  We all deserve to have the experience of being loved so much that we are fully supported and protected.]

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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  • Brenda McGee:

    What a sweet photo of Muggins. 17 years–amazing. She was obviously loved and cared for and right to trust you and Tim completely. You three were lucky to have each other and to share your lives for so long.

    • Ande:

      Oh we sure were lucky, Brenda! Muggins was an exceptional dog, and she timed her passing perfectly so that Ducky would come into our lives. :)

      • Brenda McGee:

        Muggins was taking care of you…..just as you took care of her! Good timing. I’ll always believe that Savannah, my previous springer, led Mattie to me. Just perfect timing and such a wild child whose behavior did not allow me to mope for 2 seconds!

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