I remember so clearly that day, Mother’s Day 2011: the day that we adopted our dog Mystic from her foster home, at the tender age of just six weeks. Her pregnant mother had been rescued last minute from euthanasia at a shelter somewhere in Utah. Mystic’s mother and her nine puppies had ended up at a cattle dog rescue here in California, and were listed online at petfinders. She was such a baby, just four pounds (she is now forty pounds!). I knew it must feel so strange for her to be taken from her siblings and mother and brought to a new home filled with unknown people and smells.
Archive for March, 2013
We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.
Last year I spent time at a Reiki retreat at the beautiful Sequoia Retreat Center in northern California. Part of our days were spent in the conference room with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the beautiful redwood trees, but every day we also spent some time doing Reiki exercises outdoors in nature.
Keep your heart clear
And you will
Never be bound.
A single disturbed thought
Creates ten thousand distractions.
I had the great pleasure of travelling from my native California to the beautiful U.K. this past September, to teach several Reiki classes at Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Essex. Remus is located on 40 beautiful pastoral acres and is home to about 200 farm animals—horses, cows, goats, sheep and donkeys (as well as the resident cats and dogs).