Focusing on the positive to help shelter cats

Sometimes when I work with shelter cats, my first instinct is to fall inside the sadness of the animals’ situations. But thankfully, in my work with Reiki over the years, I’ve found a better way to serve animals in need—by turning away from that instinctual desire to focus on what’s wrong.

My secret? Two things, actually: First, staying positive. And second, learning to see the heart of things—in other words, focusing on the bright, beautiful light of the animal.

It’s not always easy to do, but as the following wonderful Reiki experience illustrates, there’s great power in positivity, no matter the situation:

When I visited a local shelter this past weekend, a particular cat caught my eye.

Good Samaritans had brought her in, and it was determined later that she was nursing and that the kittens were still out there, lost. She was desperate to get out of the shelter and find her kittens again. She was meowing loudly and constantly, hitting her head against the door, frantically trying to escape.

As you can imagine, other volunteers and the visiting public were very concerned. They also felt bad for her, but nothing would calm her.

I stood just outside the door to the little kennel room, about 3 feet from her cage, and slowly began my Reiki breathing practice. After a few minutes, I peeked into the room. At first she wouldn’t look at me, but as soon as she caught my eye, I blinked slowly to her.

She stopped meowing and looked more closely at me, and I blinked again. She blinked back at me and then just watched me for a moment. I closed my eyes and turned my focus inward. I imagined my heart was a beautiful light, and so was her heart—and our hearts could connect in peace, love and compassion. In that space, all was well.

“All is well” was my heart’s message. Within a minute or two, I opened my eyes again, and she had moved to the back of the cage, curled up in her bed and closed her eyes. What a beautiful moment—to feel such peace between us.

I also shared Reiki love and light with her babies. Although not every situation will be solved in the way I might wish, I knew that in this moment, Reiki could help me to bring peace and love.

Remember that in moments like these, we can touch hearts—and in that heart space, there is infinite possibility. You can think of it as building a healing bridge, as I explain in this video, which also shows me working with a shelter cat:

Focusing on the positive is important for other reasons, too. When we let go of the negative, we open our hearts and minds to learning important lessons, such as:

How does Reiki help you in your work with shelter cats?

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Kathleen Prasad is an entrepreneur, author, educator, spiritual seeker and animal advocate living in beautiful Marin County, California, with her husband, daughter, dog and two horses. She loves being with animals, listening to hip-hop, eating out at vegan restaurants, riding dressage, hiking in the redwoods and traveling the world to meet animal people. You can learn more about Kathleen here.

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    Beth Hunter

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    Beautiful, thanks for sharing this

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    Carol

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    This is all so helpful as not only am I a brand new reiki master, I am a brand new volunteer at my local shelter.

    They have given me the “green light” for giving reiki to the shelter animals!

    Thank you 💖😻

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      That is very exciting Carol, and so glad this article can support you in your wonderful volunteering – have fun!

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    Hula

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    Hi, Kathleen!
    I think you often and remember all the many great lessons I learned during my workshops and attunements with you. This lesson, focusing on the positive, is by far one of the greatest opportunities and gifts I have learned!

    I hope you and your family are doing well… blessing always and thank you so much all that you do, all that you share, all that you give!

    With aloha,
    Hula

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      Thanks Hula, Hope you are doing well too 🙂 Remembering to focus on the positive is such a beautiful gift of Reiki 🙂 Blessings, Kathleen

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    Lynne

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    Thank you Kathleen! I enjoyed the video. Cat rooms are my favorite places in the shelter and I think they are even more sensitive more often than dogs to negative emotions during reiki time. Dogs seem to want to please & are more like people vs cats…he he

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      Hi Lynne, Thanks for your comments – it’s wonderful you are helping the animals in shelters 🙂 Keep up the great work!! Blessings, Kathleen

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