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Deep Dog Meditation

Here is one of my favorite and, perhaps, most healing forms of meditation:

Lie back comfortably in the recliner with feet up. Breath deeply. Allow dog #1 to curl up at feet. Soles of feet are resting against her backside. Dog #2 curls up at your side. Arm is resting on her belly. Softness of both dogs is appreciated. Their sighs and moans lull you into deep relaxation. Dog at feet pulls your energy deeply into body, into feet. Your breathing synchronizes. Let their unconditional love, complete surrender to the moment and absolute purposeless purposefulness about just being permeate you and attune you correctly. Allow your thoughts to soften, heart to open and just Be Present. Breathe. Feel their softness. All is right and good in the world.

Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.