There are times when I get down because Maia, my wolf-dog, is in spirit instead of here on earth and Joey my oldest kitty is fragile. We are still not sure if he is healing or dying. I think about who I am. For 14 years, I was the pet psychic with 6 animals and caretaker of a wolf-dog. Often it feels as if they are all I have. Life in my house is drastically changing. “Am I happy in my life?” I ask myself. I have a friend whose dog has cancer in her leg. “Just cut of my limb and I will be fine.” His dog says. My friend can’t afford it. “That’s ok. Lets go for a walk.” The dog replies. It is endearing and remarkable to me that the dog and her person have the same love and fortitude in life. Yesterday morning, I spoke to one of my oldest friends. He is a true NY Yorker who has always thrived off the energy of crowds. “Laura, I’m messed up. I have an anxiety disorder. I start shaking in public. I can’t go to work and ever since I saw the therapist I can’t figure out why I left home at 16. Do you think it was because my mom made be an alter boy into my teens? I can’t even go to Walmart. I’m fu#@ed!” An hour later another friend called me and said, “My cancer is back. They say I have one month to live. Will you take my dog when I die?”
Life is challenging for all of us in different ways. How do we enjoy life when others are suffering? How do we enjoy life when we are suffering?
Perhaps my animals will know:
Storm (Aussie dog): “Each moment you have to find one thing beautiful. Like when I have a stomachache or I miss Maia I look to the wind to be soothing or a squirrel in the distance. I force myself to believe that the angels really do care and can help us.”
Joey (oldest cat): “Two ways. Find comfort with your body touching the earth and comfort in your friends and family. Even if you fight with them try to say something nice to each other everyday.” He then adds, “And try to breathe well.”
Makia (cat): “I try to look as beautiful as I can. Groom myself even when I don’t feel like it. I also hope to see a butterfly everyday or a hummingbird.”
Serafina (Cat): “I have just learned that exercise is very good for my mind. I make sure I walk around the property two times morning, noon, and night. I also make sure I move fast chasing grasshoppers. The more I run the better my body feels and the less time I have to feel sad about Maia and Joey.”
Bean (bunny): “I have recently thought that is it is best to challenge my mind and my comfort in knowledge. Everyday, I try to learn something new from watching the other animals. I have just learned that play and age should get better with time.”
Maia (wolf-dog from heaven): “I suffered so much in my life. I have learned that happiness and suffering all depends on what we choose to focus on.”
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As you know, animals have so much wisdom. I think it’s because they don’t have all of the other “stuff” to deal with like humans do. We tend to make things so complicated sometimes.
When I have days (or weeks) like you have been having lately I try to make sure that I practice my Reiki and offer prayers and healing to those that are in need. It helps me that I am doing something proactive to help someone else in their time of need. Try your Reiki practice to help your friend in NY and your friend with Cancer. This way you are healing yourself at the same time. I hope this helps.
I am sending love and light.
Your animals are smarter and more caring than many people. I wish everyone could become aware of the generosity of spirit in animals. Your gift of communication is heaven-sent.
These messages are so comforting. I try to really communicate with Sonny and Buddy. When they talk wth you, it seems, in your reponses to me about what they say they really do understand me, I just wish I could understand them.
What Maia said was SO right on. It really is what you focus on. (now where have i heard that before = in lots of ways?)
Ever in my thoughts, LaDelle