Eye Gaze

My dog, Olivia has an uncanny

Ability to eye gaze with me.

There is never an undercurrent of aggression

Or challenge

Or desire to be elsewhere.

Her gaze is direct

And unwaveringly present.

Sometimes there is love

And other times gratitude

But mostly, she just seems to be trying to broadcast the pleasure of just being with me.

The power

Of these precious moments help me

Try to replicate the stillness

In my daily life with people.

I make attempts to soften my eyes

And try to stay SOFT and PRESENT


If I am.

My own gaze has an intensity to it, I’ve been told.

I think it may have a bit of challenge in it

Stemming from self-worth stuff

I continue to address.

Olivia’s eyes have none of that.

She is just there


And I count these seemingly small moments

As the highest form of gold

In my life.


4 Responses to “Eye Gaze”

  1. Laura Hegfield on February 22nd, 2011

    ellie my dog friend is the same…we could gaze softly into each others eyes for a long time…so much kindness there…just love.

  2. Muff on February 22nd, 2011

    I love looking into dogs’ eyes — they hold an entirely new view of the world!

  3. gerry harty on February 22nd, 2011

    thank you so much Cathy …she is so beautiful!!! a true angel…that’s what dogs are…God spelled backwards…I had to send my 15 year old (divorce dog) Ethel to the happy hunting ground 5 years ago and still can’t talk about her without crying!!! I would wake up in the middle of the night and she would be asleep on the top of my head..I thought she was trying to tell me that I had a brain tumor…then I realized she was enjoying the heat from my crown chakra on these cold New England nights!!! Olivia is exactly like I pictured her…a small dog yet large and in charge of her precious owner!!! thank you again!!!

  4. Mama Zen on February 23rd, 2011

    This is beautiful!

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