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Fur Therapy for Melancholy

tiffI confess, I’ve been melancholy.  I know it may be hard for some of you to believe, but it’s true.  And when those moments hit me, I shy away from everyone.  I guess it’s because I don’t feel I have a right to be melancholy because I do have such a blessed life.  I am here.  I have survived much, including breast cancer.  I have love, shelter and food.  I have a beautiful life with a loving family.  It’s not that there’s anything significant missing.  It just comes to me at times, this sadness.  The overall feeling that I’m…simply…sad.

It doesn’t happen often.  Most times, I can hide it away until it dissipates ~ my family, none the wiser.  But one family member always knows and for her, I’m truly grateful.  She lifts me up and comforts me without a word (but with plenty of purrs!)  For me, sometimes, there simply nothing like the love from a treasured pet to warm your heart and to soothe a hurting soul.  It is to her (and to her ‘sister’ Chessie who passed away last year.)  I don’t think I could live in a home without a pet.  There’s simply nothing like the love from an animal to warm your soul.

I’ve told you how she insists on being picked up and held like a baby.  She makes me stop, sit and be at peace almost every morning.  As the photo above shows, we spend many mornings on the couch for a few precious minutes looking into each other’s eyes.  I pet her, she purrs her healing rumble into my soul and I feel like all is right in my world ~ the Presents of Presence.

Perhaps you feel like I’m being over-dramatic ~ that it’s silly to be so attached to an animal?  But have you ever felt that complete and utter engaging love with another soul?  When I hold her and her eyes shut, her purring warbles in my chest and our breathing matches, I am reminded of how to find confidence and trust in those I love and in whom love me.  That complete surrender into a trusting place where there is no fear, no worry, nothing but peaceful abandon.  There is only this sweet moment.

It is then, that my daily lesson is re-energized into my soul.  It is then, that I understand what love is.  It is then that I crave to go out in the world and Send Out Love.  Our precious morning moments do that for me.  We comfort each other, each in our own way.  As I nuzzle her in a bear hug before I put her down, my eyes close and I silently utter a thank you to the Universe for this precious life.

I’ve watched her work her magic with my sons and husband as well.  Meowing her demands to be held, they comply.  The tenderness that I witness between them increases the love factor in our home.  Unconditional pet love brightens our home base.  We call it fur therapy here.  When you just need a little love from a pet, a snuggle, some soft purring reverberating in your chest to heal your sadness.  And Tiffy, in all her utter catness, simply obliges.  Funny how she just knows that hurting soul needs a bit of extra love.  She calmly allows all the petting, holding and hugging needed without fuss.  She surrenders to giving her all by simply being herself.

What a precious lesson to emulate!

Shine On!


You Are Enough


 “I exist as I am, that is enough.” – Walt Whitman

My dears, you are enough.  Yes, you…are…enough.  Let that phrase  sink into your soul, let that thought fill your brain, flood your body with acceptance.  Allow the fears to drift from your spirit and allow the sanctity of safety to envelope your mind.  You..exist..you..are…enough.

Take a moment and just ‘be’ as they say.  Do not strive to get more housework done, vacuum one more room, pick up whatever you see on the floor, do one more load of laundry, etc.  No, this is the Sabbath day.  Whether you  believe in the day of rest or not, gift yourself with the present of presence for 5 minutes today.  5 precious minutes whereby you simply allow yourself to be quiet, to not be doing something, or planning something or thinking of something.  Clear your mind, close your eyes.  Be still.  Breathe.  Listen to the stillness.  In your heart, in your surroundings, in your soul.  Isn’t it grand?  Do you feel the peacefulness surrounding you like a warm, soft blanket of trust?  Do you feel the cocoon of wonder and beauty?  Can you breathe in the warmth of a summer’s day?  What are you experiencing?  Tell me.  What are you seeing when your eyes are closed?  Do you see the darkness in the light?  Or do you see the light in the darkness?  Can you feel serenity seeping into your bones?  Feel your heartbeat gently pumping?  Are you aware of each breathe you take and exhale?  Sometimes the sweetest moments are found within ourselves.  The wonder of the human body is not to be ignored.  You are a world unto yourself.  A tiny planet of miracles which exist daily and yet you run about blissfully unaware of the amazingness of you.  We are creatures of habit,  Willy nilly we roam in our busy lives, allowing unimportant fluff to take our energies and our awareness away from our own precious existence.  Reconnect with yourself daily.  It only takes five precious minutes to hold that strand of light inside of yourself and to harness the energy which you alone powerfully enable in your life.  So often we forget we hold the key to miracles within us.

Today on this day, be with yourself for 5 precious moments.  You are worth it. 

Shine On!