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Animals Talk: Why it is important to listen

by Debbie Jones on 10/03/17

If you have pets, you have probably said to yourself, If only they could only tell me what they are thinking!  This desire to communicate with our pets can be strong, especially when our pets are not feeling well. Animals are continuously communicating with us and by tuning in more with their subtle, and sometimes not so subtle communication styles, we can gain a greater understanding of what they are trying to share with us.

Our pets have very diverse ways of communicating.  Our cats, dogs, birds and other animals have learned how to communicate with us by their physical mannerisms, eye contact, body movements and even their voices. Anyone who owns a dog knows the distinct difference between the, It is dinner time bark, and the, there is a strange car in our driveway!, bark. Beyond giving us a cue that they are hungry or warning us that there is a visitor, our pets also give us subtle cues when they are not feeling well, or they are experiencing physical or emotional discomfort. 

In order to better understand what are pets are communicating, we should be mindful of mannerisms that are different from their normal day to day behavior.  One of the first things that I notice when my pet is not feeling well is that they become restless - they pace, or just have an inability to get comfortable. They also may become irritable.  Their irritability could be them reacting poorly when you try to show them affection, or they growl or hiss when you try to pick them up. 

Changes in social behavior are also indications of discomfort. My dogs love their morning walks so when they are not interested in walking I watch their behavior more closely to see if this is just a one-time event of if they are showing other signs that they may not be feeling well. Also, losing interest in their favorite playtime activity losing interest in other animals in the house can be indications that something else is going on.  The less subtle indications of illness or discomfort are changes in their eating or elimination habits. There is nothing worse than having a cat or dog use the living room carpet as their bathroom.  Instead of scolding them, there may be a bigger message they are trying to tell us. 

As always, if your pet starts showing behaviors that are uncharacteristic for them it is important to seek the advice of your veterinarian. 

Want to feel better? Go for a walk in nature!

by Debbie Jones on 08/28/17

Did you know that your environment can increase or reduce your stress? What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment can change not only your mood, but how your nervous, and immune systems are working.  However, you can reduce your stress just by changing your environment.

Have you ever felt that you just needed some fresh air to clear your head, or needed to feel the warmth of the sun to get rid of those Monday morning blues?  Research has shown that being in nature, or even seeing scenes of nature, not only makes you feel better emotionally but it contributes to your overall wellbeing; it can reduce blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. This correlation happens because we are constantly in an energy exchange with our environment. Our moods and physical wellbeing is impacted by who and what we are around each day. 

If we are around toxic situations or people, and focus our attention on toxic situations, then our bodies will begin to mimic the stress.  The same is true for being around electronics cell phones, TV, and most importantly computers; these sources drain us of our energy.

However, when in nature our bodies thrive!  Nature is perfection - it is alive, beautiful, calming, healthy, rejuvenating. Nature is in a constant state of growth and repair. When we expose our bodies and our senses to this perfection, then our bodies begin to display beneficial results. In fact, our moods improve, stress is reduced and our blood pressure begins to lower. Although our bodies will automatically begin to mimic the energy of nature, the benefits are super-charged when we focus our attention on what is around us.

For a few minutes today I challenge you to go outside. Take off your shoes and walk in the grass barefoot, lay on the ground, or sit up against a tree.  Focus on the ground beneath your feet or against your back. Feel the earths healing vibration. Even if you have a hard time feeling any difference, know that amazing benefits are happening to you. If you spend a majority of time indoors, bring nature inside. Having a plant in your office or in your workspace can have a positive impact on stress and anxiety.

How to reduce your pets anxiety without medication

by Debbie Jones on 07/23/17

Do you know that pets suffer from anxiety, like humans do? Perhaps you have a pet that suffers from separation anxiety, or is exhibiting signs of stress. You may wonder where the anxiety is coming from, or if there is a way you can reduce it without the use of medications. There are in fact some common sources of your pets stress and also simple techniques that you can do to help your pet feel more balanced and relaxed.

If you have a pet living at home, you know that spending time with them can be comforting to you and be the perfect remedy for a stressful day.  But what if our animals show signs of stress or anxiety? Where is the stress coming from and do we have the same calming effect on them?  Some observable signs that indicate stress in your pets are changes in their eating habits, more irritable behavior or they may start barking, meowing, whining or pacing when you are away from them. What can we do to help them? First, I recommend seeking medical attention from your trusted veterinarian to rule out any medical conditions. Once your pet receives a clean bill of health there are natural ways to help them reduce their stress.

Where does their stress come from? If your pet is like mine, their needs are anticipated and taken care of before they even ask. So why would they feel anxious or stressed?  Well, the short answer is they get it from us! Our animals have an innate ability to read and feel our energy. When we feel calm, happy or excited our animals often reflect our emotional state. Have you noticed that if you get very exciting news your animal shows signs of excitement as well? They may even get a burst of energy or even start barking with delight. Conversely, if you had a bad day, raise your voice or even slam a door in anger you may notice your animal gets nervous or hides. The effects of our emotional state have a far greater impact on our pets if we have prolonged stress. Over time our pets may begin to show signs of that pressure, as well. Unlike us, they can not go to the gym, take a yoga class or spend time talking on the phone with a friend to release the stress they feel.  In many cases, they are not able to get away from the source of the stress which is us.  So what can we do? 

First, take steps to bring yourself into balance. Exercise, eat healthy meals, and release your stress.  When you feel more balanced, your pet will feel more balanced as well.

Second, if you have a pet that enjoys being outside, take them out for a walk, schedule play time. In fact, any form of exercise is wonderful and beneficial. 

       Third, you can give them a massage or energy work like Reiki.

      By focusing on these techniques to reduce your pets stress, you may in turn realize that you are also healing yourself and bringing yourself more in balance. 

How Reiki Can Help Reduce Physical Pain

by Debbie Jones on 06/27/17

We all have aches and pains.  They sometimes come and go, but sometimes we have nagging pain that just will not go away.  Our instinct may be to use over the counter pain reliever and maybe these pain relievers have made their way into your daily routine.  If this sounds familiar to you, I would like to share how Reiki may be able to help you reduce the number of over the counter medications that you are taking and to help reduce the physical discomfort that you are feeling.

In my previous blog I described what Reiki is and how it can help you.  In this blog I will be diving a little deeper on how it can help relieve physical pain.  Chronic pain is described as pain that lasts for more than 6 months.  Most of us have suffered from chronic pain at some point in our lives whether it is from a physical injury or an unknown cause.  Many years ago, my go to for those pain was my trusted ibuprofen. When I started being concerned with the daily dosages I decided to look deeper into what may be causing my pain, instead of covering up the symptoms.

Beyond indicating a physical problem, chronic pain can also originate from emotional or spiritual conflicts that we are having. Left unresolved, these conflicts may manifest or show up as physical discomfort. When we have emotional conflicts or physical discomfort this is an indication that the energy in our bodies is not flowing freely.  When Reiki is administered it works with your bodys natural rhythms to bring your energy back into balance. The result is reduced pain, having more clarity of thought, feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Because Reiki is working with the cause and not the symptom, many find relief where other methods were not successful.

Reiki is now being offered in some of the most prominent hospitals and hospice centers in the US as a respected alternative for pain relief and comfort.

It is important to note that Reiki is not a substitute for medical care, but it can be a wonderful supplement to help realign your energy so that your body is in a perfect state to heal itself. 

Can our pets really communicate with us telepathically?

by Debbie Jones on 05/29/17

What if you could have a conversation with your pet?  What would they say? What would you ask? I am here to tell you that Animal Communication is real.  I will share some simple steps to get you started on your own journey to tune into your pets thoughts. 

Our pets use physical mannerisms, eye contact, and their voices to get our attention. But can they telepathically communicate with us?  Telepathy is the transmission of information from one person (or pet) to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction; telepathy uses energy to communicate. Animals telepathically communicate all the time and use this form of communication with each other.  Learning how to communicate with our animals in this way can help us understand their complex feelings, as well as understand if they are in any physical discomfort.  Now you may be thinking, I can not learn how to do that!,  and I say of course you can!  Everyone has the ability to telepathically communicate with animals.  However, just like acquiring any new skill, you need to learn and practice the techniques and most importantly, learn to listen.

The first step is to quiet your mind.  This can be as simple as sitting in a quiet room with no distractions and just focusing on your breath.  If your grocery list keeps popping up, take a minute to write it down and then go back to focusing on your breath. Sitting still may take some time to master; just allow the thoughts to slip away.

Next, gently bring your own pet or a pet that you are familiar with into your awareness. Once you have a good vision of your pet, then ask a question.  You can ask it aloud or quietly to yourself.  The trick is to acknowledge the answer that you hear in your mind.  The answer will be immediate.  No matter what you hear, whether it makes sense or not it is very important to acknowledge the answer and say, Thank you, I hear you.

These are the beginning steps to learning how to communicate with your pet. The first time may seem a little bumpy, and you may feel like you are not getting any information at all, but taking time to practice these steps is your first step towards communicating telepathically with your pets.  Have fun! I would love to know what your pets are sharing with you!



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