FROM PITY AND SADNESS TO COMPASSION AND LOVE

In ANIMALS by Kathleen Prasad2 Comments

True lasting healing is about peace of mind and heart, and this is what sharing meditation with our animals is all about.
I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our life.
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Several years ago I worked with a shelter dog that had clearly been neglected in his past. His coat was very dull, his eyes stared blankly into space and he barked continuously. The shelter staff asked me to please try to help calm him because he had been hysterically barking since he had arrived. So I sat quietly outside his kennel. I put in my earplugs and I took a deep breath, and I imagined the energy of the earth flowing up through my body, grounding and centering me, and I closed my eyes, and inside my mind, I imagined that I was in a quiet beautiful place.

Then I added affirmations peace, safety, and I held these three words in my heart and I imagined how the dog looked when he was calm and perfectly relaxed. I imagined I could embrace him with love from my heart. After just a few minutes, the dog stopped barking and stared intently at me. A few more minutes passed, and he lay down in the kennel, took a deep breath, and rested his head on his front paws.

How beautiful that silence felt. Meditating with this dog was a helpful tool for me to transform from a place of pity and sadness and go deeper into a place of compassion and love. We have to sit still and let our minds drop into our hearts.

Only meditation can do that for us, especially if we are sitting with an animal that is suffering or unhappy. Meditation techniques help to bring us to a place of balance, calm, and a sense of deep connectedness. When we do this, we can get in touch with hope and open heartedness with others: people, animals and the world.

When our heart opens to another being, we feel an overwhelming sense of well-being and compassion. And it’s this compassion that is the fruit of meditating with animals. To be able to sit with our animals who may be suffering, not in a place of pity and sadness, but rather from a place of deep peace and compassion, being truly present with them: this is the most profound kind of healing we can ever offer to others or ever experience ourselves.

Excerpted from my 5 Powerful Meditations to Help Heal Your Animals.

About the Author
Kathleen Prasad

Kathleen Prasad

Animal Reiki teacher, author, mostly-vegan, animal advocate, passionate meditator and dragon-at-heart. Founder of Animal Reiki Source and co-founder of The Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Compassion is the ultimate healer! My website & blog.

Photos of Bernese Mountain dog by Brigitte Werner, Canada.

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