Monday, November 7, 2011

The Rhythm of the Ocean

On Mondays I work in the afternoons, so I get to sleep in.  Matt is working from home now so he scooted T off to school and let the dogs sleep in with me.  I opened my eyes to realize I had all 3 dogs curled around me on the bed.  The room was dark, and I could feel their proximity and feel their chests rise in rhythmic waves.  I thought of the ocean and how driven we are to it.  For so many reasons we're driven to the ocean, but that ebb and flow of the water is the enormous breathing of some great big being; the breathing of our great planet.  The tie that beckons and binds is that interconnectedness.    

I didn't want to let the world in on this moment. I was caught in that cloud of sleep that fogs the break of day.  I wanted to close my eyes and resume my own breathing, another rhythm to join the three.  I reached out and found fur which wriggled under my palm, but fell again into that rhythm in seconds.   I wanted to close my eyes with the tightness of sleep, and forget all the preoccupations and responsibilities of the day and the week beyond.  I tried to fool my body back into sleeping.  I tried to snuggle in deeper to the warm press of Fenway's tiny body.  I tried to relax my palm on Nyxie's soft fur, but stroked it instead.  

It was no use.  My brain was awake, the fog was lifting, my eyes were focusing and the rhythm of my own breathing was just a hair faster than the three beside me.  I stretched and pulled myself out of the ocean of sleep.  It's those moments of safety and rhythm and balance that feed the rest.  As I stretched, the dogs came alive beside me, each stretching and yawning and nuzzling one another as they do each morning.  Then the dance begins.  That dance of joy that celebrates that we've made it through the night together and now there will be feasting!  

"Hooray for a new day!"

I have so much to learn from the three...


  1. No fair - we never get to sleep in the humans' bed:( Sounds like it was a great sleep-in for all.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  2. I have lots to learn from my pups as well

    Stop on by for a visit

  3. Sounds just like me and Mom on a weekend morning!


  4. That's why I love going to my favourite place which is on a hill, there I can share the bed with my dad.

    Human's bed is the best!

    My humans are still learning too.


  5. Oh, how I know that feeling of drowning in that warmth and steady breaths, snuggling in so much love and safety.

    No better place to be. Always a little sad when you have to break the moment. :(

  6. Beautiful post that so captures the primal bliss of shared breathing and heartbeats.

  7. Hi Y'all,

    While I love the ocean analogy, I'm bummed that I never get to share the humans' bed! However, in return there is NO SLEEPING IN in MY house! No, none. I wake up at 5 am and immediately awaken my Human with an icy nose. I never stop until everyone is up and we're off for my walk! If cold nose doesn't work, BARKING does!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    I'm just catching up on your posts. I hope Nyxie's paw is better.


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