Posts Tagged ‘co-species healing’

Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Our World, Part II: Are you an Animal Empath?

In Michael Stone’s lecture on caring for the caregivers and burnout, he presents some unique perspectives that help deepen our interconnectedness with compassion and loving kindness. His discussions on burnout and compassion fatigue relate directly to animal lovers. I see this happen regularly when animal lovers want to work with animals and help rescue them succumb quite quickly to emotional exhaustion and empathy fatigue. 

Dr. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist asks in one article “Are you an empath?”. Dr. Orloff asks “Have you ever been labeled as overly sensitive? Do you absorb the emotions of others?” She then states: “There is a good chance you’re an emotional empath. Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Their sensitivity is the filter through which they experience life. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you — world-class nurturers”. In her article she offers a quiz on whether or not you are an empath and what you can do to honor your strengths, yet balance your emotions and response. Are you an animal empath?


Love, Miracles and Animal Healing: A Japanese Miracle

Amidst all the unfolding sad news from Japan, small bright lights illustrating the value of the human animal bond surface. A dog that was rescued after floating on debris for three weeks a mile out at sea, was reunited with her human, wagging her tail all the way. Loving hugs and wagging tails are such healers in the midst of such devastation.  Whenever and wherever catastrophe’s  occur, one continually sees the healing power of the human animal bond and how it touches people and assists them in getting through these devastating times.  Nothing is as powerful in getting us through such times as mindful awareness and  inner peace, yet the healing power of the bond is like a dog’s lick on a wound, a healing salve.  It is an example of the healing power of loving kindness and compassion between beings.  I can remember during the war in Kosovo, there were stories about how starving people would give food to their dog before themselves, or during Hurricane Katrina people did their best not to leave their dogs and cats behind.   Here  again, stories come out in the media illustrating how the love between animal companions and the Japanese victims of the Tsunami is so consoling to the homeless and how happy our dogs and cats are when they are reunited with us. The love between us and our kindred spirits heals our heart almost like nothing else.  Blessings!

Validation: Tail wagging, whinnying and purrs (VIDEO)

“There is a bright shining light within each and every one us, two legged, four legged, winged and finned. If we see that inner light in the other, they will glow as a reflection in our mirror of seeing them for who they truly are.”…Dr. Schoen

In the midst of all the world events, our animal companions are an emotional retreat from the continuous media bombardment and the challenges of the day.  They validate us, touch our hearts and love us no matter how hard our day was.  Whenever I would return from a long day of helping animals, whether at the animal hospital or in a horse barn, my dogs would just run up to me wagging their tails, so happy to see me as if it was the greatest moment of their day and I was the best friend they ever had. Continue reading Validation: Tail wagging, whinnying and purrs (VIDEO)

Horse Rescue: Rescue Them, Rescue Ourselves

The concept of horse rescue and horse sanctuaries are wonderful illustrations of the more positive aspects of a civilized society, caring for the old, retired, disabled and injured of all species. It is especially poignant after all they have been through with horse racing and other equestrian sports. Sad to say though, there appears to be a shadow side to this, as there so often is with many animal issues. This New York Times article report “Veterinarian Fired After Finding Neglected Horses” has exposed the potential for neglect and abuse of our retired companions, whether wittingly or not. A good friend and colleague Dr. Sheila Lyons wrote an extraordinary response to the article, Equine Rescue Under Fire – How to Make Things Better. Dr. Lyons has taken the high road, going beyond blame and finger pointing and perfectly summarizing what we can do and what to look out for when we retire a racehorse or any of our equine companions. Continue reading Horse Rescue: Rescue Them, Rescue Ourselves