Friday is St. Patrick’s Day—a fun day that always reminds me of my Irish ancestry. Though I haven’t seen the Emerald Isle yet, I hope one day to visit its famed castles, museums and—of course—its shelters and sanctuaries! Here are four inspiring organizations dedicated to helping make animals’ lives better. This St. Patrick’s Day, consider supporting one of the following (even a small donation helps!):
Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary
Eden promotes “liberty, equality, veganism.” About 100 rescued farm animals now live in peace at this sanctuary, which started in 2008. In addition to rescuing animals from farms, Eden is committed to spreading the word about veganism; its inspiring Go Vegan World advertising campaign uses billboards and TV ads to challenge people to reconsider their use and acceptance of animal products. See Eden’s beautiful farm and animals here:
Last month, as I do every February, I had the honor of teaching Reiki 3 at The C.A.R.E. Foundation in Apopka, Florida. This beautiful sanctuary is home to more than 200 exotic animals, including bears, monkeys, big cats and even a friendly skunk!
The interesting thing about working with animals (not just the ones at C.A.R.E.) is that even though I am teaching animal Reiki to humans, the animals are truly the ones teaching us. In fact, I’ve come to realize that the special animals at C.A.R.E. perfectly model the five Reiki precepts, as illustrated in the following photo essay:
Wednesday, March 1, was National Pig Day—and whenever I think of pigs, I cannot help but remember Harley, an amazing pig who touched my heart and the hearts of many lucky enough to know him.
Harley was a beautiful, 800-pound black-and-white pig who lived many happy years at BrightHaven sanctuary in Northern California. Five years ago, on July 11, he passed away—and is still sorely missed by me, so many of my students, and everyone who knew him. He was such an amazing soul that I feel the need to write about his life for those of you who didn’t get the opportunity to meet him in person.
Have animals healed your life? Have animals inspired you to be a better person? If you love animals and want to make the world a more compassionate place for them, then please join us in celebrating World Animal Reiki Day tomorrow, February 5, 2017!
Last year, during our inaugural celebration, we had hundreds of animal lovers around the world take time out of their day to honor animals as spiritual teachers and healers. Whether you participate by simply lighting a candle and remembering a beloved animal, volunteering in your local shelter, or leading a Reiki event at your local animal organization, we hope even more of you join us this year!
Horses have always been the great loves of my life. Even as a small child, I could feel the healing power of just being in their majestic presence. It was so wonderful as an adult to realize that I could give back to them through the healing power of Reiki!
In honor of horses and all the wisdom and compassion that they bring to the world, I have written my latest book, Heart to Heart With Horses: The Equine Lover’s Guide to Reiki. It includes a foreword by world-renowned holistic veterinarian Allen Schoen and is written from my heart to yours. Through real-life stories, inspiring case studies and simple Reiki meditative exercises, this book illuminates powerful ways that compassionate presence can heal.