Halloween! The veil between the worlds thins and we all hope for that contact, a brush with the beyond. Maybe you’ve lost someone special and you’d like just a little touch to show you they’re okay. That’s what happened to me.
His awareness though is pretty astonishing, and that's after 30+ years of diverse animal experience. Xander is simply one of the most awake dogs I've ever known. I feel so lucky he chose to walk this life with me.
This exchange between myself and my two dogs, Xander and Gary, is a good example of how you can use both to enhance clarity and understanding between you and your companion.
All the behavioral science in the world doesn’t cover the mental and psychic rapport that’s developed. How these crows will show up, and hold space near me while I’m meditating in my garden.
I’ve always wanted to have my own wild crow family. They are everywhere around us, but none seemed inclined to want to become closer until D.M. Our relationship is by no means unique, the Internet is full of these sorts of stories. But yeah…super fun!
Lilith and Taserface. Yes. That’s really his name. MCU all the way. Train...cats? Yep. I’ve done some basic target training, name recognition. I about kicked myself when I realized they were perfect for harness training.
Xander is my Hundred-Pound Marshmallow, a Great Pyrenees/Something-Probably-Labbish mix. He’s a gentle giant with people and small baby things. Baby chicks especially. It was love at first sight of those tiny balls of fluff. His ginormous heart melted.
Diaval Murder dropped out of the sky one day in early spring, landing with a clatter of claws on my greenhouse roof.
The science is in, humans benefit emotionally and physically from close animal bonds. To which most animal people typically shrug, and say "Welcome to the party." We've known that forever. But what about the animals themselves? Are there spiritual benefits for them?
Empaths in particular are drawn to animals, and find solace and healing in their gentle and unconditional love. When we're overwhelmed from the emotional tides of daily life, coming home to our animal companions solid, anchoring presence provides soothing relief. We find comfort in giving them a safe home, healthy food, and the tasks of their daily care can become a moving meditation, and way to connect more deeply emotionally and energetically with animals, and your own Higher Self.