I have been drawn to animals lately. Attracted to their energy, I find spending time with them to relieve stress and leave me feeling more centered. I have two dogs who love to snuggle. Buddy is more independent and likes his alone time. LouLou loves to be right next to me. If I am in the house she will follow me from room to room, and if we are separated she will bark until I go to her. I am not going to lie; the barking drives me nuts. She has a high-pitched bark that goes right through me. But I am also aware that this is how she communicates, and lately I have been trying to get ahead of it. We had a bunch of friends over last night in our backyard. Instead of waiting for her to start barking I put her on the leash and brought her out with us. I enjoyed having her next to me and felt more relaxed – usually when I host I am running back and forth making sure everything is running smoothly. She refocused my energy.
When I get home from work, after giving my husband and kids kisses and hugs, I go straight to pet the dogs. Whether human or animal affection, I am left feeling more secure and relaxed. This helps me shift from work mode to home mode.
Everyone desires connection and affection from others, which is why so many of us have pets. We choose the humans and animals we do this life with, and the positive energy we get from them is priceless.
When my children have meltdowns or are feeling sad usually a snuggle from one of our dogs turns their energy right around. Sometimes they don't want mom or dad talking them through their emotions. It just feels better to have someone that you don't feel is judging you or over analyzing your emotions.
Have you heard about the cat cafes? The first one opened in Taiwan in 1998 and then became extremely popular in Japan. Today cat cafes can be found all around the world. It may seem like an odd concept but not everyone has the means to care for, or house, a pet. How wonderful would it be to chill out with cats for an afternoon? Both humans and cats benefit:)
I wouldn’t call myself an “animal lover”, but I do love animals. I was obsessed with horses when I was young. I drew them constantly and rode weekly. I was in awe of their energy – they are so powerful, yet so gentle. I felt so connected to them. Then I became a teenager and became distracted by other things. The other day a friend of mine convinced me to take a lesson with her. I was nervous, but excited. I hadn’t ridden professionally since I was 12…so give or take 30 years. I was awkward and stiff at first, but as I started to pet the horse and feel connected to her movements I became more relaxed. Her name is Faith which seems appropriate;) What I loved about horses when I was younger came flooding back. It was as if time stopped. My mind went blank and I became completely engrossed in the horse’s energy. Paying attention to her expectations and mine, and the direction we would go in together. I found it comparable to meditating and, although I could barely walk the next day, I felt more at peace than I had in a long time. I am not an expert on animal energy but simply telling you as a friend, that you will feel better if you spend time with animals, small or large.