So you’ve bought your meditation cushion and chosen your favorite meditation position. You’ve contemplated and picked your mantra or visualization. You’ve found a quiet time of day to practice. You’re ready to start meditating, right?
Maybe not. What if you were missing the most important piece that could improve your practice quickly and easily? I’m talking about animals, and why it’s so important you invite your animals to sit with you while you meditate.
It may sound strange at first, but consider these five reasons why you should be meditating with your animals every day:
Mark your calendars: World Animal Reiki Day is February 5, 2016! This special day, organized by me and the volunteer members of my Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA), is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to help make a better future for the animals in our world. And what better way to bring people together to honor animals than through peace, healing and compassion?
There are so many ways to celebrate! Here are just a few ideas. You can:
Light a candle to honor your animal teachers.
Sit in silent Reiki meditation with your animals.
Perform an act of kindness or compassion for your local shelter or sanctuary.
Share your special messages and photos on the SARA Facebook page.
Tweet messages and pics using the hashtag #WorldAnimalReikiDay.
Organize an animal Reiki event in your local community via workshops, radio interviews, school visits and the like.
Join me at BrightHaven in California from noon – 3 p.m. on February 5 for a special World Animal Reiki Day event. Email me for more details.
Join me on Google+ for a live message of healing and light for the global Reiki community (details to follow on my website and Facebook page).
Enter my Facebook photo contest starting February 1 (watch our SARA Facebook page for details), and win a free treatment with me or signed copies of my books.
Say “Happy World Animal Reiki Day!” just for fun throughout the day anytime anyone says hi!
World Animal Reiki Day is celebrated on February 5 to honor Dakota Prasad, the special puppy I rescued in 1992 from animal control. Dakota was my best friend, my first animal Reiki teacher and the inspiration behind SARA. You can see how special Dakota was in this memorial tribute video:
Thank you for joining us on this special day of love and compassion for animals. Tell me, how will you be celebrating World Animal Reiki Day?
Though we sadly lost self-help guru and bestselling author Wayne Dyer in August, his inspiring quotes will live on forever. Here are a few of my favorites, which speak to his empathy, persistence and peaceful nature:
“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
On being critical:
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
On living the life you always wanted:
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
On keeping the peace:
“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”
On starting anew:
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life.’”
On following your passions:
“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
On never giving up:
“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you see obstacles.”
Do you have a favorite Wayne Dyer quote? Share it here!
What could be more merry than shopping for holiday presents for the kids in our lives? While it’s super fun to make their holidays magical, don’t forget to balance out all that consumerism with some charitable giving—specifically, teaching children about the spirit of giving and helping those less fortunate during the holidays. With that in mind, here are five easy ways kids can help animals this holiday season:
1. Focus on their favorite animal. Does she love horses or dolphins? Does he love K-9 dogs? This is a perfect time of year to foster that love and show them how they can help the animals they love most in this world. Find a relevant sanctuary sure to interest them, then find ways to make it real and really bring the issue home. You can sponsor an animal in their name (which usually comes with photos and updates on the animal’s progress) and even plan a visit to a local rescue where they can see these animals being helped.
In the middle of a crowded Saturday afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission district, I found the wisdom of the farm: peace, compassion, presence.
I decided to participate in Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys—a beautiful gathering of animal lovers, a delicious vegan feast and a live video feed of the sanctuary’s turkeys eating delicious platters of lovingly prepared food. Thanksgiving feasts “for” turkeys, instead of “of” turkeys—what a concept!
I was deeply touched and honored to meet two of my personal heroes: Gene Baur and Susie Coston of Farm Sanctuary. Gene gave an amazing speech about compassion, and Susie shared photos and stories of some of the many turkeys she cares for at Farm Sanctuary in New York.