Blind Couple Weds After Guide Dogs Bring Them Together

#truelove #allowing #dating

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Blind Couple Weds After Guide Dogs Bring Them Together
Last time we checked in with Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, they were engaged and patiently awaiting the arrival of their wedding.

After meeting each other at a two-week guide dog training course in March 2012, the couple officially tied the knot in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on Saturday, BBC News reported.

blind guide dogs

The love affair began at the training course when their Labrador-retrievers, Venice and Rodd, couldn’t stop playing and nuzzling together.

“The trainers said that they were the love and romance of the course,” Gaffey told DogHeirs. “And they brought us together.”

When Gaffey and Johnson, who are both blind, found out that they lived only 1.5 miles apart from each other, they started to meet for dates with their pups because they “couldn’t bear” to seperate the dogs, Johnson told BBC.

Since it was their dogs who originally brought them together, it only made sense that they would be the ring bearers and guide the couple down the aisle.

“I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love,” Johnson told Metro. “Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates.”

blind guide dogs

blind guide dogs

Daily Meditation: One Love
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today’s meditation features Bob Marley’s all-encompassing tune “One Love.” The song calls for universal love in the world and endless gratitude and praise for a higher power.

One Love/People Get Ready by Bob Marley

One Love! One Heart!
Let’s get together and feel all right.
Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!);
Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!),
Sayin’: give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Sayin’: let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo!

Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love!);
There is one question I’d really love to ask (One Heart!):
Is there a place for the hopeless sinner,
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs?

One Love! What about the one heart? One Heart!
What about – ? Let’s get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One Love!);
So shall it be in the end (One Heart!),
All right!
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.
One more thing!

Let’s get together to fight this Holy Armageddon (One Love!),
So when the Man comes there will be no, no doom (One Song!).
Have pity on those whose chances grows t’inner;
There ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation.

Sayin’: One Love! What about the One Heart? (One Heart!)
What about the – ? Let’s get together and feel all right.
I’m pleadin’ to mankind! (One Love!);
Oh, Lord! (One Heart) Wo-ooh!

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.

Eckhart Tolle Describes Two Simple Exercises To Help You Live In The Now (VIDEO)
Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle believes in the practice of staying present. The author of A New Earth and The Power of Now acknowledges the challenge of this effort in the fast-paced culture of today, but also offers two shockingly simple exercises that anyone can do to truly live in the now — anywhere, at any time.

During the television debut of “Oprah and Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth,” a 10-part series presented by “Super Soul Sunday,” Tolle explains how people can condition themselves to slow down and appreciate the present. It all begins with one question.

“Ask yourself, ‘Am I still breathing?'” Tolle says in the above video. “You suddenly feel the air flowing into your body and out of your body… At that moment, you’ve entered the state of presence. Even if it’s only five seconds.”

Another exercise Tolle suggests involves using all your senses when going through habitual, everyday motions, such as washing your hands.

“Do it consciously,” Tolle instructs. “For example, [when] you wash your hands, feel the water. Smell the soap. Becoming acutely conscious of sense perception means looking, hearing, touching. It brings you into the present moment.”

These exercises may take a little effort at first, but Tolle says that they do end up becoming second nature. “The more you bring those moments of presence into your life, the more your old conditioning becomes eroded, gradually,” he says.

“I got it now,” Oprah says. “Just learning to do the simple things begins to retrain your mind.”

The conversation continues on ” Oprah and Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth,” Sunday at 12 p.m. ET on OWN.

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