Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Harnessing the Heart Power of Intuition to Find My New Keeshond Puppy

Yogi Bear and me

One thing I learned in 2020 is to be patient, flexible, and above all, trust my intuition.

Of the many challenges I faced last year, the worst one was suddenly losing my dog, Bodhi Bear, to stomach cancer in early December 2020. Saying goodbye to my best friend and constant companion's physical presence shattered my heart into a million pieces. 

Being a great friend and dog, Bodhi Bear made sure I got through my move from California to Connecticut before showing signs of his grave illness. For so many reasons, I'll forever be grateful to Bodhi for all that he gave me in his short seven and a half years with me. 

Bodhi Bear and me

I decided years ago that I never wanted to walk alone and needed a Keeshond by my side to feel whole. So when I let Bodhi go because he was too ill to eat, I knew in my heart that I would have to find another dog. 

Right after Bodhi transitioned, I immediately began searching for my Keeshond puppy and quickly located one. However, in hindsight, I realized that I was not emotionally ready to raise a puppy. 

At the same time, I asked my two twenty-year-old cats, Mona and Elvis, how they felt about a puppy. Elvis said he was on board with raising a puppy as long as the puppy didn't chase him. Elvis has always liked dogs and was good friends with Kobe Bear and Bodhi Bear. 

On the other hand, Mona has never been a fan of dogs. Mona tolerated Bodhi, but he would literally piss her off at times as he made Mona feel unsafe. Finally, Mona made it clear that she's perfectly content living without a dog, especially a puppy.

After Bodhi passed, I noticed a considerable change in my cats. Mona, who is deaf, was consistently using her cat box and confidently galloping around the house in a way I hadn't seen in years. Elvis was also feeling more at ease. Both cats were more playful and relaxed. Plus, the three of us had plenty of bonding time without Bodhi.

As we waited for the puppy to arrive, my fuzzy nephew, Fozzie Bear, came for a visit. Fozzie's presence stressed and upset Mona more than I realized. She communicated physically in her body language and telepathically that she was not happy with Fozzie's presence. After Fozzie chased Elvis, Mona reiterated her intense dislike by peeing in my bed.

Mona's peeing was a wake-up call. I realized I needed to listen to her with an open heart and let go of my desire to get a puppy for the time being. When I truly heard and understood my cats' concerns, I realized it was not the right time to bring a puppy into our family.

While it was hard letting the puppy go, I was okay with waiting for Mona and Elvis's sake. It's the least I can do since she and Elvis have been my loyal family members and cherished companions for 20 years. And the last thing I want to do is piss Mona off again! 

My fuzzy nephew, Fozzie Bear

During the cold, blustery, snowy months of my first New England winter in 30 years, I was grateful I didn't have to housebreak a puppy. Instead, I'm glad I listened to Mona and Elvis, who were right to make me wait.

Around March 1st, I intuitively got the message that it was time to start looking for my puppy again. Synchronistically, I also felt Mona and Elvis were in a good place to receive a dog into our family. 

At about the same time, I told my sister that I felt my puppy had been born, and I would start looking for him. I did find a boy Keeshond, but I didn't feel a heart connection with him.

As I continued to look, I kept reminding myself that I needed to trust my intuition to find my perfect bundle of puff.

As I searched, I reached out to my dear friend, Donna, a Keeshonden breeder. She introduced me to the Keeshond breed almost thirty years ago. I rescued my first two, Keeshonden, KC, and Kobe Bear, from Donna. It's because of Donna, that I fell in love with this special dog breed.

So naturally, I reached out to Donna when I received the inner "call" to start looking for my new fuzzy friend. 

Shortly after I contacted Donna, she sent me an email saying that a 3-year-old male Keeshond show dog, Corey, was looking for a home. She urged me to reach out to his breeder to find out more. I had to sit with the idea of bringing an unsocialized, unneutered, untrained show dog into my family for a while before I called the breeder. 

I decided to take the same advice I give my clients, which is, "you never know." Sometimes you have to go left to get it right. So I called the breeder, even though I knew in my heart that the dog wouldn't be a good fit for my family.

About 20 minutes into the conversation, the breeder let me know that she recently had a litter of puppies.

I immediately said, "What I really want is a boy puppy. I have many plans for my new friend as he has big paws to fill."

The breeder listened but didn't discuss the puppies any further since the call was about Corey.  After our conversation, I knew Corey was not my dog.

Afterward, I couldn't help but wonder about the litter of puppies.

So I reached out to Donna and asked her if she knew about the litter of puppies. Donna said yes. Unbeknownst to me, Donna proceeded to tell the breeder, whom she knew well, that I would make a wonderful Keesie mom and she would be lucky to give me a puppy.

Yogi Bear at 3 weeks
Later that day, I received a message from Donna saying, "Well, what did you decide?"

I responded, "Decide what?"

Donna replied, "Check your email."

In my inbox was an email from the breeder offering me a boy puppy from the litter! I couldn't have asked for more! Serendipitously, the breeder has three cats who helped raise the puppies.

At the time, the puppies were only 3 weeks old. When the breeder sent me pictures of the three boys, I took one look at the puppy wearing the yellow collar, and I knew he was the puppy I had been searching for.

Over the next few weeks, I watched "Yellow" grow up virtually through Facebook posts, photos, videos, and even a few Zoom sessions. The more time I spent with him, the more I knew he's my puppy. "Yellow" is good-natured, sweet, and very smart. 

Mona preparing for the puppy's arrival

Knowing the puppy was coming, I worked hard to prepare Mona and Elvis for the impending arrival of our new family member.  First, I communicated to them that we were getting a puppy and asked them what they needed and wanted to help them feel safe. As I prepare for the upcoming changes in our lives, my next challenge is making sure Mona and Elvis feel safe and secure around him. One way I'm doing this is by creating an "elevated highway" around the living room, so they don't have to be on the floor with the puppy. Another way I'm helping them feel secure is by restricting the puppy's movements and teaching him not to chase the cats.

I flew to Detroit to pick up Yogi Bear on May 4th. Yogi Bear was a rock star on the flight home.

So far, the cats are peacefully co-existing with Yogi Bear. Yogi is everything I could ever want in a puppy and more. 

My heart is full of joy having Yogi Bear in my life. And so far, Mona and Elvis are peacefully co-existing with Yogi Bear. In time, I know they will embrace him.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Support Horses and Farm Animals with Meditation Fundraisers

A hundred years from now, it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was or the car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the lives of the animals & the creatures on this earth.  ---Unknown

One of my life's purposes is to help animals in whatever way I can, whether it's empowering them using animal communication, sharing Reiki, or meditating with them. I also gain tremendous joy raising money for different animal rescue and welfare organizations since they usually run entirely on donations. These life-saving organizations need ongoing financial support to feed, house, rehabilitate, give medical care and re-home animals in need.

Service work is an integral part of who I am, and that's why I'm offering a couple of different fundraisers this month to help animals that I hope you will support. 

On April 19th, I'm offering Meditating with Horses Fundraiser. This webinar will benefit Rising Starr Horse Rescue in Wilton, Connecticut, which saves, rehabilitates, retrains, and re-homes abandoned, neglected, or abused horses.

On April, 30. I'm excited to team up with the Shelter Animal Reiki Association's Director, Kelly McDermott-Burns, for Meditating with Farm Animals. This webinar will benefit the animals at The Little Red Barn Farm Sanctuary in Turnbridge, Vermont. 

We will create a powerful meditation circle during each fundraiser to offer peace and compassion to horses and farm animals. You experience a heart-opening meditation using the Reiki-based Let Animals Lead® Method that you can share with the animals in your life.

During each webinar, you will learn how meditating with horses and farm animals can

  • Calm your mind and body
  • Enhance your heart connection with animals
  • Strengthen your relationship with animals 
  • Create a peaceful and compassionate space
  • Heal and transform the lives of animals and you!

I believe it's essential to give our loving and positive energy to the circle of life. I feel honored to share the potent tool of meditating with different types of animals with you. And I'm excited for the animals to receive the healing benefits of having you meditate with them.

You don't need to own a horse or farm animals to enjoy meditating with them during these special fundraisers. Just bring your desire to have an open-hearted connection and willingness to connect with these amazing animals for healing and transformation.

I hope you will join us and invite your friends to support horses and farm animals. When we meditate collectively with animals, it can shift humans' hearts and minds compassionately.

Friday, February 19, 2021

How to Nourish Your Animal's Spirit

Meditation with Animals, Animal Communication, and Animal Reiki Feed Animals' Souls

Animals are multi-dimensional spiritual beings. When we consciously nourish their souls with meditation, animals benefit in all aspects of their lives. 

Meditation is a simple yet potent way to feed your animal's spirit. When we meditate with them, it brings peace, balance, and healing. It also deepens our awareness of their spiritual wisdom as our teachers, healers, and guides. This awareness builds a spiritual bridge of connection, compassion, healing, mutual understanding, and love. 

Animal Communication and Animal Reiki also nurture animals' souls. When we learn to quiet our minds and open our hearts with meditation, it develops our intuitive and telepathic communication with animals and strengthens our heart-connection. 

In fact, meditating with animals is the foundation to growing your telepathic Animal Communication skills and sharing Reiki using the Let Animals Lead® method. Both modalities create a compassionate healing space where all healing is possible.

Mona loves Dawn Allen's book,
The Art of Meditating with Cats.

Here are some of the many benefits of meditating with animals:

  • Provides relief from physical symptoms, like chronic pain and illness;
  • It relieves anxiety, worry, anger, stress while promoting deep relaxation;
  • Brings about balance and harmony for you and your animal;
  • Keeps you in the present moment and grounded;
  • Trains your mind to be quiet so you can feel in deep communion with animals;
  • Develops your intuitive and telepathic communication with animals.
  • Teaches you to live a heart-centered life. 
  • Strengthens your relationship with animals and Nature;
  • Makes animals happy and nourishes their soul and yours!!!

Meditating is especially powerful when you invite animals and Nature into your sacred space. When we meditate with animals, they experience joy, peace, harmony, balance, and healing. When practiced regularly with animals, meditation strengthens our spiritual connection with ourselves, our community, all sentient beings, and Mother Nature.

You're invited to nourish your animal family's soul during my monthly Animal Communication Practice Group, Animal Reiki Share, and Sunday Meditations with Animals.  

Saturday, August 22, 2020

5 Fabulous Reasons to Meditate with Animals

Meditating with animals is healing for them and you!

As pet parents, we do our best to help our animal families to feel safe, loved, and happy. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to share a daily meditation practice with your animal family.  

While there are many ways to share quality time with your animal family, meditating together strengthens your relationship and enhances your heart-connection, even if you only have 5 or 10 minutes a day.

Why does meditating with animals have such a profound effect?

Animals are finely attuned to our energy and mirror it.  When you feel anxious and stressed, your pets will feel it no matter how hard you try to hide it from them.  When you meditate with animals, you show them how much you love and care about them in a calm, peaceful, and open-hearted way.

Here are 5 fabulous reasons to share a meditation practice with your animal family.

Reason #1: Animals are naturally drawn towards peaceful and balanced energy.  When you meditate and feel relaxed, so do your animals. 

Reason #2: Meditating with animals creates a powerful space of healing and compassion, which enhances your heart connection and relationship with them. 

Reason #3: It reduces stress and promotes overall wellness. Daily meditation allows animals to receive a variety of healing benefits like: 
        • Pain relief
        • Strengthens the immune system
        • Supports the healing process
        • Reduces emotional and behavioral issues
        • Promotes overall wellness
Reason #4: Meditation with animals teaches us to open our hearts and connect through our heart-center. This enables a sense of oneness, which leads to a deeper bond and mutual understanding with animals and Nature.

Reason #5: Animals are masterful meditation teachers and enjoy it when we share calm and loving energy with them. 

One of the great things about meditating with animals is you can do it sitting, standing, walking, or even lying down. My cats, Mona and Elvis, prefer it when I do sitting meditations with them.

When my dog, Bodhi, was alive, we loved taking our morning Reiki walks where we connected with wildlife and communed with Nature. It brought us tremendous joy to share this sacred space together.

A daily meditation practice helps you to connect and share relaxed and calm energy. This practice can help animals feel calmer, balanced, and less anxious. 

Plus, your animal will thank you in ways you could never imagine when you spend time meditating with them.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Animals want you to trust your intuiton

Do you trust your intuition?

You should. 

As the pandemic wears on with no end in sight, we need to trust our gut and inner voice now more than ever to keep us safe.  I'm depending on my intuitive senses to help me navigate the new normals that don't feel normal at all. 
Animals are wise teachers and guides on how to respond to imminent danger. Animals rarely hesitate to react to the energy around them because they know the best way to keep safe is to always listen to their instincts.  

Cats are great examples of how to stay present in the moment. If they feel specific energy is a threat, they quickly move away from it.  

As I like to say, "Humans are inclined to run towards danger while non-human animals tend to run away from it."

All animals, including humans, are born with instincts that guide us in how to respond at any given moment. Gut instincts, inner knowing, hunches, or "spidey senses" are our internal guidance system that alerts us when there is imminent danger. 

As adults, it can be challenging to trust our intuition because we are taught that logic and reason are more important than feelings and gut hunches. Children and animals tend to be more in touch with their instincts because they don't know any different. Therefore, we have to consciously work at reclaiming our ability to recognize and react to our "spidey senses." 

Recognizing your intuition is about listening and trusting yourself at a deep spiritual level. Thankfully, animals continue to show us how to connect, trust and listen to our gut. 

Two great ways to develop your intuitive awareness is by practicing Animal Reiki and Animal Communication. When you quiet your mental chatter and worry, communicating telepathically and offering Reiki gives you direct access to your intuition.

When you practice Animal Reiki and Animal Communication, you naturally connect with your intuitive self.  The good news is, once you recognize your "spidey senses," the easier it is to listen and respond to its wisdom and guidance.

I hope you and your animal family continue to stay safe and above all, trust your intuition.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Spiritual and Holistic Explorers Support You and Your Pets During Pandemic

The Council of Spiritual and Holistic Explorers met on March 31, 2020, as we entered the third week of the Shelter-At-Home Health directive and practicing physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I was honored to be a part of this diverse group of healing practitioners, which has over 250 years of combined experience helping animals and people. 

The Council's goal is to offer you and your animal family support, insight, and be a source of strength during these uncertain and challenging times.

Although we are physically separated, the Council connected virtually to share love, light, heart connection, inspiration, and grounding. 

This video includes practical support and guidance for you and your animals about:
  • Exercises
  • Herbs
  • Homeopathy
  • Flower Essences
  • Animal Communication
  • Astrology
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Animal Reiki

The Council Members (in order of appearance):
Cheryl Schwartz, spiritual veterinarian/explorer.
Mary Argo, Ph.D., animal communicator.
Lynda Wells, spiritual veterinarian, farmer.
Gretchen Lawlor, astrologer extraordinaire.
Rob Erteman, spiritual veterinarian/explorer.
Sally Savitz LAc, classical homeopath.
Snow Nemeth, Energy Medicine Practitioner.
Marlene Smith, spiritual veterinarian, retired/explorer
Cathy Malkin, Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Teacher/Practitioner, Humane Educator

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Heart Hugs Help You and Your Pet

Strengthening your heart connection will help you and your pets through these challenging times. 

TTouch Heart Hugs are an easy way to connect your heart with your animal family.

As we adjust to the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, our animal families are calling upon us to take good care of ourselves. If we don't, then we won't be able to take good care of them. 

One of the challenges we are experiencing to stem the tide of the pandemic is practicing physical and distancing to protect ourselves and our loved ones. It's hard being isolated. Thank goodness we don't have social distancing with our animal families.

Animals feel an excellent way to cope with social distancing is to be in your heart center. One way to access your heart chakra is to give yourself and animal a TTouch Heart Hug. Created by Linda Tellington-Jones, TTouch is a system of gentle circular touches that activate the body's potential at a cellular level.

Heart hugs are an excellent way to say to yourself, "I love you." 

TTouch Heart Hugs will help you feel:
  • Calm and centered;
  • Balanced;
  • Less anxious and fearful;
  • Loved;
  • Connected to your animal family, loved ones, Mother Earth and the Universe.

How to do a TTouch Heart Hug:

Step 1: First, notice how you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in this present moment before you give yourself or animal a heart hug.

Step 2: Place your hand over the other with palms face down on your heart center, located in the middle of your chest.

Step 3: Imagine that there is a clock face on your chest underneath your palms.  Twelve o'clock is at the top. Nine o'clock is your right shoulder, and three o'clock is your left shoulder. Six o'clock is located towards the ground at the bottom of the circle.

Step 4: Begin your circle with your hands at twelve o'clock, then gently move your hands over your heart chakra, creating a full circle plus add an additional quarter turn. It doesn't matter which direction you do your Heart Hugs; just go in the direction which feels best to you, whether it's clockwise or counterclockwise.

Step 5: Pause your hands over your heart center and take a couple of deep breaths before starting another circle. Offer yourself and your animal as many heart hugs as you need.

The more love and care you give yourself, the more love and care you can give to your animal and others. I encourage you to give yourself and your animal Heart Hugs often.