During our recent Lunar Eclipse, a little puppy came into my life. Her name is Chaco. This was an unexpected happening. I had a long list of reasons why I wouldn’t have another dog since Jasmine, my beloved four-legged friend, made her passage into the spirit world.
The way I ended up bringing home a puppy is a story filled with magic and beautiful kinships. She is named after Chaco Canyon here in New Mexico, the ancestral lands of tribal peoples who left behind sacred sites, petroglyphs, and many mysteries about their lives among the red rock mesas.
My relationship with Chaco Canyon came alive three years ago during a Solar Eclipse in the spring. The entire journey ~ from the moment I began packing the car to my return home a few days later ~ was filled with heart-opening and magical connections with the land and spirits. The memories and experiences nourish, teach, and intrigue me still to this day.
I spent the bulk of my time in Chaco Canyon sitting in a rocky cave carving a stone pipe. Over the years, this ceremonial pipe has brought powerful healing medicines into my life and into the community gatherings in which the pipe has been shared.
So here I am now, with Chaco, the two-month old puppy. Our days are shaped by her rhythms of eating, playing, and napping. She is entirely exuberant about life.
Puppy love is contagious. So much Happy lives in her little body.
Which has gotten me to wondering: Where has all our happiness gone? Why has happiness become something we, as humans, so readily leave behind? And even more important – how can we get it back?
If we want something to change, it’s up to us to do the changing and be the change. So imagine what would happen if we purposefully included even just a few more minutes of happiness in each of our days. We’ll soon multiply many times over the amount of happiness felt inside us, shared in our relationships, and filling our world.
There are many shades of Happy. Gentle and quiet, like the sweet peace found walking along the beach at sunset. The excitement of heading off on a long-anticipated adventure. Feeling grounded and centered. The delight of a delicious meal. The satisfaction of completing a project. Dancing, singing, getting immersed in creative expression. Doing what you love to do. Being with those you love to be with. Receiving and giving nurturing touch. Even memories from the past can bring happiness alive in the here and now moment. Smiles and belly laughs travel across time.
Happiness connects us with our natural ways of being and can’t help but be shared. Like Chaco, the little puppy, we too can bring the Happy to life. Big Happy = Big Medicine.