Yesterday at about 3:30pm I decided to go for a walk. Less than five minutes into the walk I began thinking about a blind dog. How would a blind dog get around? What about its eyes and eyelids? Would the eyelids be closed? What about infections of the eye socket if the eyelids are open? All sorts of questions like this came to mind, and I have no idea where they came from. They just started flowing in like that.
I finished my walk, took a shower, made a cup of coffee, and then looked on Facebook, where I saw a friend of mind had just posted the following collection of pictures:
The story about this blind dog is at http://www.wimp.com/blinddog/, but I haven't looked at it yet. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the picture on the lower-right.
Was this just another coincidence? What are the odds? How often does one think about a blind dog? A friend of mine has a blind dog, but we haven't talked about his dog in years, probably over five years. (I haven't seen him in over five years, though I see his posts on Facebook.) I can't remember ever thinking about a blind dog other than his.
If this wasn't a coincidence, did my Facebook friend -- who lives 1,500 miles away -- mentally send me the thoughts, or was I so moved by seeing the images in the future that I (somehow) sent them back in time to myself?
I didn't see a dog while I was walking. Shoot, I didn't even see a human being until thirty minutes into the walk. The thought of a blind dog just came to me a few minutes into the walk.
I should mention that I do try to practice a form of meditation while walking. I have a smartphone, and usually play the Monroe "Meditation" recording in my earphones while I walk, trying to clear my mind.
If nothing else, this shows how things work: from time to time, random thoughts come in. So when thoughts like, "D's wife is pregnant", or "C got married", even if I haven't been in touch with these people for a long time, I've learned to put some faith in those thoughts.