HOW SAFE DOES YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED ANIMAL FEEL IN YOUR HOME?

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12 WAYS TO HELP YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED ANIMAL ADJUST

Rescuing disparaged animals is one of the noblest traits of humankind. Those of us who understand the purity of spirit of companion animals feel compelled to help as many of them as we can. For some of us, this means bringing them into our homes. From an animal’s perspective, a good home is lesser about feeling “happy” and more so about feeling “safe” and comfortable.

If you have recently adopted, or plan to adopt, an animal into your home, you may be wondering how you can best help them to adjust. Here are 12 important ways to help our newly adopted animals to feel happy, safe and comfortable in our homes.

  1. ESTABLISHINGPOSITIVE HEALTHY BATHROOM EXPERIENCES– learning desired household bathroom behaviors can make or break an animal’s comfort level in your home. Whether litter training or housebreaking a new animal, it is imperative to use positive training methods such as reward-based training. It is even more important to avoid yelling at an animal for having an accident while training as this negative intonation could destroy any progress an animal has made in feeling safe with you in your home. It is also imperative that all members of your household abide by the same potty training rules so that your new dog or cat is not confused. Providing consistent training rules from all household members is the best way for an animal to feel secure in your home.
  2. KEEP NOISE LEVEL DOWN– animals are extremely noise sensitive! Noises ranging from screaming children to the shifting creeks of a home on a windy day can disrupt their peace. Though there is little we can do about the creaks and cracks of a house, there is much we can do to control the volume of noise that is coming from family members. Teaching children the value to respecting an animal’s noise boundary goes a very long way. In many cases, these children grow up to respect the boundaries of all living beings. Teaching children the value of respect is immeasurably important. For those living without younger children, keeping volumes of TV and music down can help a newly adopted animal to feel safe in your home. Understanding that having groups of people in your home while your new animal is adjusting to your home can affect an animal’s ability to feel safe and secure is important. Helping an animal to relax in your new home can be as easy as playing classical or meditation music while you are away so that the animal hears as little creaking and cracking of the house as possible.
  3. SOCIALIZATION– In many cases, newly adopted animals are poorly socialized. Perhaps they have come from an unhealthy environment where they have not been socialized or perhaps they have had negative experiences with other animals and do not react well to socialization. Either way, if you have adopted a poorly socialized animal (dog or cat), it is your responsibility to socialize the animal. Poorly socialized animals react poorly to other animals and often other people than those who are familiar. By neglecting to socialize your newly adopted animal, you are creating further fear within the animal. This can only hinder their healing progress. By helping to re-socialize the animal, you are helping them to understand the value in being unafraid of those who cross her/his path. This will help your animal to grow and flourish in your home.
  4. GIVE THEM SPACE– When first bringing an animal into your home, providing them with a quiet space to be alone will allow them to feel safe and secure in your home. If the animal’s initial experience in your home is full of commotion and excitement, the animal is likely to take a lot longer to trust you and your family members than if their initial experience is one of quiet respect. Sectioning off a quiet, warm room or area with comfortable bedding will allow your new companion to feel comfortable and trusting of you.
  5. BE CAUTIOUS WITH FOOT TRAFFIC– Because most companion animals’ lines of vision are just above the floor, having household members walk rapidly by your cat or dog is likely to create a skittish response. Especially to cats, whose pupils dilate much differently than do humans, all cats will see as your long legs walk by are giant blurry things (that resemble predators) that could attack at any moment. This is why cats will often bite feet/socks. Many cats, particularly ones who are unfamiliar with the human body, do not realize that the human legs are attached to a human body and that the legs have no interest in preying on them. When bringing a cat or small dog into your home, remind family members to walk by slowly until the animal acclimates to your home. This will avoid skittish behaviour and kitty- human foot attacks. (It sounds funny, yes, but to the newly adopted cat it is no joke.
  6. ACCLIMATE ANIMAL TO CARRIER/CRATE– Unless the animal has pre-existing anxiety associated with carriers/crates (which must be healed through a professional training regimen), acclimating your animal to her/his carrier/crate will only serve them well in the long run. Too often, animals associate carriers with negative experiences such as going to the vet. If an animal only goes into a carrier to see the vet, naturally, when the carrier is brought out, the animal will assume they are going to the vet. However, if the carrier is also used for fun adventures such as to a park or somewhere else that is enjoyable to the species, the animal will become comfortable with getting into and out of the carrier. This will create a far lesser stressful experience the next time you wish to take your animal to the vet or anywhere else they may not enjoy. By associating their carrier with enjoyable items such as treats and toys, you will also allow the animal to feel more comfortable with the idea of the carrier or crate.
  7. INTRODUCE FAMILY MEMBERS ONE AT A TIME– If your home has several human and/or animal family members, it is in your newly adopted animal’s best interest to introduce them one at a time. Though every family member will be excited to see their new addition, having them all come to greet their new friend at once can be overwhelming. By introducing them one at a time, you are allowing the new animal to learn about each one at their own pace. Slow and methodical introductions are necessary in order for your new animal to feel safe and secure.
  8. SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET– Animals, akin to humans, thrive on whole foods. Each species of cat and dog has different dietary requirements. Unfortunately, in today’s society, many animal food companies are capitalizing on consumer ignorance. By reading and understanding each food label and sticking to the healthier choices, we will be allowing our animals to feel healthy in our homes. By feeding nutrient poor food such as kibble (dry food) or low quality department store brands, we are doing our animals a grave disservice. Animals cannot feed themselves. It is up to US to feed them properly. Buying “whatever’s on sale” likely has highly inflammatory ingredients. These ingredients have been linked to innumerable cases of illness such as IBS, arthritis, bladder crystals, early stage kidney failure, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, painful gas, obesity, diabetes, cancer and many other terribly painful diseases. It is up to us to stop these unnecessary illnesses by researching labels. Ask your holistic veterinarian what a species appropriate diet for your animal consists of. Many western veterinarians have not done the type of research that has educated them on alternative medicines or diets. They often base their dietary opinions on science as opposed to a holistic, whole food It is imperative that for the health and longevity of your dog or cat, that you seek as much information as possible. Ask a medical veterinarian. Ask a holistic veterinarian. Call food companies, call an animal communicator. Get all of the information you can so that you can make an informed decision.
  9. CONSISTENT MEAL TIMES– All animals thrive on routine. Creating a consistent feeding, walking and sleep routine will allow your animal to be comfortable with life in your home. The digestive systems of most dogs and cats are very sensitive. This means that not only are they sensitive to ingredients, they are also sensitive to a feeding routine. Animals’ bodies adapt well to specified feeding routines. By feeding our cats and dogs at approximately the same times every day, we will be promoting a healthier body and mind for our beloved friends.
  10. ADEQUATE EXERCISE– All companion animals experience stress. Whether they have come into your home with pre-existing sources of stress or they are reacting to the levels of stress in your home, all animals are affected by various forms of stress. By engaging your animal in regular exercise, you are allowing them to burn off stressful energy. Sadly companion animal obesity is quite prevalent in our society. Obesity is one of the top reasons why animals become ill and pass away. Obesity causes many horrible physical ailments that often lead to early fatality. By being active with your dog or cat, you are allowing them to burn off calories that would otherwise metabolize into unhealthy additional body weight. As stated above, by feeding our animals species appropriate diets, we will be permitting the animal to live a healthful life. Better yet, the combination of a healthy diet and exercise will help our animals to have a healthy and happy life. Adequate exercise also promotes a healthy cardiovascular system, muscular endurance, self confidence and more.
  11. OFFER GAMES & TOYS– To encourage a new animal to feel safe and secure in your home, bringing toys and games into their routine is sure to be successful. In addition to physical exercise, all companion animals need mental exercise. This means that they will do well with toys and games that they find mentally stimulating. Remembering that cats and dogs are very closely linked to their wild ancestors who were hunters. This genetic desire to hunt is still highly prevalent in domesticated dogs and cats. By finding games and toys that resemble chasing, hunting and in some cases retrieving, we will be permitting our animals to be their true animalistic selves. If these aspects of their genealogical behaviour go unnoticed by their people, they will act out and/or become very depressed. This is because genealogically, the animal feels as if it is her/his role to track and hunt. Of course domesticated animals have evolved to other, more emotional roles in our home. However, that basic need to track and hunt is still there. By acknowledging to our animals that we are aware of what keeps their minds active, we will be showing them the respect and love that they need. In addition, bringing items into the home that resemble activities in which dogs and cats partake will also encourage new adoptees to come out of their shells in a healthier way than otherwise. For example, by bringing boxes into your cat’s room for her to play in resemble her need to hide from predators in nature. If she feels as though she has her own safe space in which to hide, she will understand that you are a trustworthy caretaker. This will give her the confidence she needs in order to better adapt to your home.
  12. HOUSEHOLD TEMPERATURE– Be mindful of the hair/fur coats that companion animals have in choosing our home temperature. Animals are generally warmer than we are. However, in many cases, particularly in colder climates, because their feet are exposed, they are often far colder than we think they are. If we live in colder climates and have animals who appear to be uncomfortable; always burrowing and hiding in blankets, perhaps it’s time to readjust the thermostat. If we live in warmer climates and find that our dogs are always panting and excessively drinking (with no known other ailment or medication involved), we will also want to consider cooling our homes with extra fans. Animals are always attempting to communicate that which makes them feel uncomfortable in their homes. The temperature of their homes is no different. By paying close attention to our animal’s cues, we will easily be able to ascertain whether or not they are comfortable with the house temperature.

 

Each of the above ways to acclimate your new animal to your home is equally as important as the next. By following the above 12 steps, your animal will feel safe and trusting in no time!

THIS WEEK’S FULL MOON: PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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HOLD YOUR BREATH AND COUNT TO TEN

This year’s full moon in Libra falls on Friday, April 19th, 2019. At 6:12 am central time, the moon waxes full. As with all full moons, this is a time to reflect on what is working for us and what no longer serves our highest good.

The Libra nature is very intriguing. It is a paradoxical sign. Libras are known for both their dramatic personalities as well as their ability to find balance in any given situation. Libra, being an air sign, is well versed at detaching from emotions. Air signs have a keen ability to behave in a way that is removed from emotion. Because of this, Libra makes a good judge. Libra is able to remain non-judgmental in her calculations. Libra is able to objectively assess any situation and draw the fairest conclusion. Contrary to their unemotional platform, Libras often make good actors as they are easily able to draw on deep rooted emotions to communicate their point. Though they are unattached to these emotions they are readily able to tap into them in order to take on certain roles for the purpose of getting their points across. This makes them excellent debaters and intellectual conversationalists.

Drawing on Libra’s balanced temperament proves helpful in any context. If Libran energy resonates with your astrological chart, you have the blessing of being able to tap into her nature at any time. For those of us who do not have Libran energies readily available from which to draw, this lunar period will be an excellent opportunity for us to objectively examine any circumstances in which we find ourselves. Whether we are in the midst of a argument, about to make an important decision or having a difficult time seeing another person’s point of view, drawing on the objective-natured Libran energy can help us to take a step back and view these situations from a fair standpoint for all involved.

While the moon is in Libra, the sun finds its place in the sign of Aries. Interestingly, this full moon resides at the tail end of Aries and makes its way into Taurus shortly thereafter. Therefore, this full moon embodies characteristics of both sun signs Aries and Taurus. This is a bold combination. Both Aries and Taurus operate on a very bullheaded plane. Both characters are full speed ahead. This can potentially stir an anxiety within us if we are feeling as though we have much to do and little time to do it. We may find that we are easily overwhelmed and moody. To offset these emotions, should they arise, if at all possible, engaging in physical activity is the healthiest of outlets.

This astrological alignment poses Libra opposite Uranus. We are sure to feel restless as our need for change or freedom claims the forefront of our minds. Uranus is the planet of sudden change. Because it opposes the full moon in Libra, our need for excitement takes precedence over all other needs. This can cause a dramatic shift in our thoughts and behaviours as we will feel the need to break free from our usual routines. Being prepared for this sudden and short lived feeling is the best way to understand it. If we are able, taking a short trip out of our normal routine is a helpful remedy, nurturing our desire for excitement. If this is not possible, we may learn to accept that this desire for freedom is impermanent as are all other feelings. Allow this desire to come and go.

Perhaps troublesome for most, this full moon has the capacity to highlight imbalances in romantic relationships. Within relationships that lack compassion and empathy will be a call to release all egotism and arrogance. As well will be highlighted those partners who take their loved ones for granted. These imbalances become glaringly obvious during is lunar period, encouraging those who are the recipients of the imbalance to take a good hard look at their relationship priorities. When we rise above any perceived weaknesses we have as individuals we can view our relationships from an empowered state of mind. When we do, we will be more readily be able to acknowledge the aspects of our relationships that no longer serve our personal growth. Ideally, our partners will want to work through these imbalances with us for the common good of the relationship. However, should our partners remain neglectful to our concerns, this may bear further examination. It is always important, in any circumstance, to evaluate our priorities.

Further adding to the relationship struggle is the moon’s position with Venus in this planetary alignment. Venus, the planet of the Divine sensual feminine, is highlighted at this time. This illumination creates a strong desire for love and affection. Additionally, there is the need within this alignment for both men and women to feel emotionally supported. If these needs are not met, many of us will be quick to react and to cause a deeper imbalance within our romantic relationships. Though seeking this love and support is important, take caution not to do so in a way that undermines your relationship. It can be easy to fall into the trap of seeking affection from an external source, however remember who you will be hurting in the end. Be sure to talk your concerns out with your partner so as to avoid any thickening tension. Compromise and unconditional love with help to restore harmony to all relationships.

The Aries sun tends to bring out our abrupt, fiery reactionary sides. Be sure to manage any sudden outbursts by practicing self-awareness. Before we react, count to five slowly. This will give us the necessary moments to decide how our reactions will affect others and in turn ourselves in the long run.

The combination between the fiery, abrupt Aries sun, the Venus-minded need for attention and the Libran opposition to Uranus can and will account for many opportunities for fear based reaction. Be patient with yourself. Be mindful of the astrological tendencies during this 48 hour lunar period. Should we approach any situation during this time, we must do so with caution and self awareness. Remember to invoke the Libran ability to detach from emotions and objectively view all scenarios free of judgment. By taking a step back from all the likely emotional time bombs of this lunar period, we will have a greater possibility of finding inner peace in the midst of this potentially chaotic time.

7 HIDDEN SIGNS YOUR ANIMAL NEEDS TO SEE A VET

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7 HIDDEN SIGNS YOUR ANIMAL NEEDS TO SEE A VET

Many of us who are caretakers of companion animals are well versed in understanding the behaviours of our animal family members. We are cognizant of when they are hungry, when they need to go out and even when they want cuddles. Some of us are conscious of the acute sensitivities of our animal companions such as loud noise, potent smell and how our home environments affect our animal friends’ well-being. Even fewer of us are aware that every action, thought, feeling and belief affects our animal friends on very subtle levels. As these fewer of us are aware, if left untreated, these external factors can create blockages within an animal’s energy field and eventually become manifest as illness in an animal’s physical body. Aside from environmental factors that can affect an animal’s health, there are often physical symptoms which animals exhibit that go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Within the ideology of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a concept called observation. The concept, in a nutshell, suggests that we observe our animals while they are healthy so that we are able to spot the first sign of a downward shift. This is to say that when we first adopt an animal, after the animal has been given a clean bill of health, it is crucial to take note of how the animal appears and behaves. This way, when there is even a minute shift in the animal’s appearance or behaviour, we will be made aware of it immediately. Suffice it to say that upon this immediate awareness, we will take the animal to our holistic veterinarian. By doing so early enough, more often than not, we can prevent many traumatic experiences for our animal friends and ourselves. We may even be able to save their lives.

Among many, there are 7 common signs to watch for in our cats, dogs and other companion animals. It is paramount to observe these 7 aspects of our animals’ bodies regularly. This observation is best begun after the animal has received a clean bill of health and should be carried out weekly for the duration of the animal’s time with us. Listed below are 8 of the signs to keep watch for:

  1. EYES- An animal’s eyes are a prominent feature when it comes to gauging an animal’s health. The eyes speak volumes about the health of the inner organs. For example, if an animal who normally has the whites of her eyes as solid white, the first sign of bloodshot eye-whites is a sign that one or more inner organs is off balance. Or, if an animal’s normal state is to have slightly bloodshot eyes, very red eyes or purple eye-whites may be a symptom of an inner organ issue. It is our job as caretakers of the animal to understand her normal state and what is off balance. Eye white-colour correlates to several internal organs. Thus, if the eyes are off, it is more than likely that so is an inner organ. By recognizing this at an early stage, we are likely to be able to salvage the balance of the organ through holistic or homeopathic care.
  2. EARS- Just as the eyes represent inner organ health, so do the ears. When the ears of our animals are healthy, they will contain just enough moisture to regulate the inner workings of the ear. However, when we find ear infections, dark gunk in the ears, hair loss in the ear area, excessive moisture or excessive dryness in the ears, we can be sure that these symptoms are a reflection of an inner organ imbalance. We must note what our animal’s ears look and smell like in a healthy state so that we are able to note the very first sign of imbalance.
  3. TONGUE- In their natural state, different animals are born with different tongue colours. Different breeds of dog or cat also differ in tongue colour. It is important to take note of what colour and texture our animal friends’ tongues are so that at the first sign of imbalance we will be made aware. Within the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several areas on the tongue that correspond to different inner organs. If one area of the tongue is swollen, discoloured or in pain, there is a good possibility that the corresponding inner organ is off balance. In addition to the tongue-organ map, we must also document our animal companion’s natural saliva colour, texture and tongue coating. While this may be challenging to gauge, their saliva is a crucial sign of inner organ health. To exemplify, let’s say our dog or cat usually has clear saliva and a clear tongue coating. One day we wake up to find that their saliva is slightly yellow and the coating on their tongue has a purplish tinge. This, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a clear indication that the live needs immediate attention from an animal care professional. While this may seem to be straightforward, it is not so much. Some breeds of dog have naturally purple tongues. This is where observation can become tricky. If we did not know that our dog has a naturally purple tongue and we read the above statement ‘purple tongue is likely a reflection of a damaged liver’, we may become frightened and worried without reason. This and many other reasons are why it’s important to get to know our animal friends’ natural, healthy states.
  4. COAT/SKIN- As many of us are aware, the coat and skin of an animal is a direct reflection of an animal’s digestive health. If an animal is not receiving adequate nutrition from her/his food, the skin and coat will suffer. Unfortunately, many cat and dog food brands that are recommended by medical professionals are completely devoid of nutrients and cause severe malnourishment in animals. It is imperative that we all read every ingredient list of every food we are considering to feed our animals. It is imperative that we do not blindly trust medical professionals just because they tell us to. If we are the caretakers of animals with dry skin and coat, the very first thing we must to do is to look at what our animals are eating. If they have been eating a nutrient-poor food for a substantial length of time, we may only notice symptoms of malnourishment once it’s too late and the organs have begun to fail. By taking note of what our animals’ skin and coat look like when they are in their healthiest state, we will be able to ascertain the first signs of poor digestive health should their coats and skin become coarse and dry. Or, in certain cases of organ imbalance or early stage failure, an animal’s coat and skin can become oily or greasy. If an animal has accidentally ingested poison, the coat will appear greasy as well. Noting a healthy skin and coat can make all of the difference in the world in terms of keeping their inner organs balanced and toxicity free.
  5. GAIT- An animal’s gait (posture and way they walk) is a tell tale sign of bodily health. A with humans, through the central nervous system, the spine is connected to all major inner organs. Should we notice our animals suddenly walking ‘funny’ or straining to stand up or sit down, we may want to consider that their spinal health may be influencing the stability of an inner organ. Additionally, if we find that an animal is favouring a certain side when she walks or runs, we can be sure that this is a reflection of her spinal health as all aspects of an animal’s skeletal system are interconnected. Perhaps more commonly, should we notice early enough that our cat or dog is limping, we will likely be able to treat the issue long before it becomes a matter of surgery.
    By noticing how our animals walk while they are healthy, we will be able to notice the first sign of a skeletal imbalance. Should we find the imbalance when it first occurs, we will most assuredly prevent traumatic surgery for our animal companions.
  6. ELIMINATION PATTERNS- By far and away the most significant indication of an animal’s health is his elimination patterns. The elimination of an animal is directly connected to his digestive system. If an animal is not ingesting adequate nutrients, he will have poor elimination habits such as constipation, diarrhea or a combination of both. Consistent bowel movements are a sign of proper inner organ health. Nutrient poor food often also leads to bladder crystals, UTI’s and early organ failure. It is critical to research species appropriate diets for every animal in our care. Animals should not be consuming corn gluten, pork by-product, tri-glycerides, hydrogenated vegetable oils, chicken flavouring or any other non-food ingredients that are commonly listed in ‘prescription diets’. ANIMALS NEED WHOLE FOODS to encourage longevity and a healthy quality of life.
    By noting what an animal’s elimination habits are while they are healthy, we will be able to discern if what we are feeding them agrees with their bodies. Should we choose to feed processed foods, we will be able to recognize how our animals’ bodies process these foods by how they eliminate their waste. Dogs and cats should never have prolonged diarrhea or constipation. If they do, their bodies are clearly unable to process what they are eating. If they do, it’s time to change their diet to a whole-food based diet. To learn more about species appropriate diets, see your local holistic veterinarian.
  7. UNUSUAL HIDING BEHAVIOUR- Unlike humans who are most often very vocal if they are feeling unwell, animals will hide. This is because in nature, if an animal’s wellness is compromised, so are his defenses. This is to say that if an animal’s body is injured or compromised in any way, the animal believes that he is more vulnerable to predators. The animal believes that he is lesser able to defend himself against predators and is likely to be killed. Therefore, in the animal’s mind he has a better chance of survival if predators are unable to find him. Of course there are not likely predators in the companion animal’s home, however the ‘hiding’ behaviour is genetically linked to his wild ancestors. If an animal who is not usually timid has begun to remove himself from social situations or is found hiding for an unusual length of time, this is more than likely because he is feeling unwell or is injured in some way. This is generally a symptom of a deeper issue that should be examined by a professional holistic veterinarian.

The above six aspects of health are just a few of the many notable signs that we can find to observe the health of our animal friends. These six aspects are six symptoms of inner organ health. This means that alone, each symptom is not its own health concern but it is correlated to deeper issue of imbalance within the body. Should we seek care from a medical doctor, she will likely solely address the symptoms of the issue and not the root cause. Should we seek care from a holistic doctor, she is trained to address the root of the issue and not the symptoms. Should we choose to treat the symptoms alone without treating the root cause, the symptoms are likely to return. However, should successfully treat the root itself, neither the root nor the symptoms will recur. For more information on how seeking holistic care can save your animal’s life:   https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/03/19/thinking-of-going-holistic-how-to-prolong-and-improve-your-animals-quality-of-life/.

Making ourselves aware of how our animals look and behave while they are healthy can allow our animals to stay healthy. To reiterate, understanding our animals while they are healthy allows us to spot the very first shift in health. Treating the beginning stages of this shift, more often than not, can mean the difference between life and death for our animal family members. Just as it is their role to take care of us as best they can, it is ours to do the same for them. Let us honour their bodies by regularly ensuring that they are balanced; inside and out.

 

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7 THINGS HUMANS DO THAT ANNOY ANIMALS

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ARE YOU ANNOYING YOUR ANIMAL?

Our animal friends are part of our families. As such, they should be used to how we conduct our lives and everything we do in our homes right? Wrong! Here are seven of many ways that human behaviour annoys companion animals. Do you do any of these?

1)      Yelling- Animals are incredibly noise sensitive. Animals often cower and become extremely uncomfortable to the sound and energy of yelling. Animals are highly sensitive to energy. Often, yelling is accompanied by angry or other negative energies. This alone can make any animal feel irritated and unwelcome. Because of their audio sensory survival mechanism, the shape of their ear flaps and a heightened sense of full spectrum hearing, cats and dogs hear sounds at a magnified volume. Ask any animal, and they will tell you that silence is golden!

2)      Letting children climb on and pull ears/tail or teasing in any way- Parents often think that animals don’t mind and don’t take offense to small children dressing up animals, climbing on them and tugging their extremities (ears and tail). And what’s perhaps the most offensive about all of this is when the animal finally works up the courage to stand up for himself by lashing out, his people get scared and kick him out. ALWAYS put yourself in your animal’s position. Would you want children pulling your ears and tail, dragging you around and climbing all over you? As the companions of companion animals, it is our responsibility to understand our animals’ perspective and role in the home. Animals are not toys, dolls or novelties. They are gentle beings who should always be respected through a good understanding of boundaries from all household members.

3)      Barking or meowing at a dog or cat- Humans think they can get dogs and cats to communicate with them by barking and/or meowing at them. However, this is the work of the human ego. Dogs and cats think that this is ridiculous behaviour.

4)      Aggressive cuddles/greetings- Animals are very gentle beings by nature. It is important to recognize that they do not consider roughhousing to be endearing. Some dogs definitely like to play that way at the right time and place, however introverted dogs and almost ALL cats are not appreciative of aggressive petting or cuddling. They find it quite offensive and do not understand it. This is one main reason why they may hiss, scratch of bite. It is important to be mindful that cats are gentle beings and should be treated in a gentle way. After all, after being hissed at, bitten or scratched by a cat, many humans take offense. What most fail to realize is that they, themselves brought on this undesired feline reaction. 

5)      Staring- Just like humans, if you stare at an animal, it makes them very uncomfortable. If most could hear them, the animal would as “what are you staring at??” Not only do they become uncomfortable with human staring, but animals ESPECIALLY get annoyed when you stare at them while they are doing their bathroom business. Keep in mind how you might feel if someone was staring at you while you were on the toilet!

6)      Ignoring attempts to communicate- animals are fully conscious, sentient beings. They are always communicating with us through body language, behaviour and telepathy. If they feel like we are unable to understand their gentle cues, they may get frustrated and act out in a way that will definitely get out attention! Be mindful that our animal friends have endless messages to share. The more receptive and compassionate we become to this end, the better the communication will flow and the lesser our animals will be annoyed!

7)        Taking their pictures or video- Animals do not understand the concept of photography. They may understand that you are shoving your cellular phone in their face or personal space, however they do not understand why. In many cases, animals become annoyed and frightened by cell phone cameras. Some animals may not mind having their pictures taken but most do. They will often be uncomfortable with having you record their adorable behavior. It is important to stop and consider if your animal friend would appreciate having a phone shoved in their face during certain moments. As with all interactions with animals, it is IMPORTANT TO PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR POSITION before acting or reacting to them, That said, who can resist a photo shoot with the most adorable faces on the planet?

All of this can be avoided through the understanding and practice of empathy! By practicing kindness and getting to know what makes your animal companion comfortable or uncomfortable, you will be promoting a healthy home for your whole family. Your animals will feel calmer and more secure. They will be grateful that you have respected their personal space. They will be grateful that you have found a healthy understanding of their consciousness and sensitivity.  Most importantly, your animal companions will love you that much more!

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SOUL CONTRACT OR SOUL MATE?

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ARE YOU IN A SOUL CONTRACT OR SOUL MATE RELATIONSHIP?

Have you ever been in a romantic relationship where you felt like you’ve known your partner for a lot longer than you have? According to spiritualist philosophy, you may very well have! Souls travel in families. This is to say that souls that are energetically and karmically interconnected with each other will continue to incarnate together life after life. Sometimes the souls incarnate together for emotional, spiritual and mental support. Conversely, sometimes the incarnate together to resolve issues that have been created in lifetimes past.

Many of us have been in relationships where we question the very core of why we are attracted to someone who drives us to our limits. Why do we continue to feed into relationships that create for us such pain and suffering? Why do we attempt to leave our partner or an unrequited love relationship just to find ourselves forgiving our partners for the hurt that we feel as a result of their behaviour and actions? Why do we often feel trapped in relationships that seem to bring us nothing but heartache and despair?

Within the framework of spiritualist beliefs lies the concept of reincarnation. Reincarnation is the belief that living beings live many lives, one after another in order to fulfill their spiritual evolution. The evolution of the soul begins and ends with interconnection with the Source Consciousness (The Creator, God consciousness- any label indicating a higher power). Reincarnation exists so that each soul has the opportunity to work through its karma in order to reconnect fully with its Divine source. The goal of this work is to stop creating karma altogether. Once the soul ceases to create any further karma (Ceasing all negative thoughts, beliefs, actions and feelings thereby solely thinking, feeling and acting from the perspective of love and kindness), the cycle of reincarnation ends. Reincarnation occurs when the physical body dies and the soul lives on, living life after life, taking on whichever Earthly bodily form it needs to in order to fulfill its Divine purpose.

The origin of the soul contract is relative to the belief of reincarnation. In addition to the soul’s solo journey through lifetimes, healing its karma from past lives, it also must heal the karma it has created with other souls along the way. Karma is created through any thought, belief, feeling or action which the soul in the human body creates. This is to say that any behaviour in which the soul in the human body engages creates the fabric of its future. Whereas it can be difficult to avoid creating negative karma on our own, it can be increasingly difficult to avoid creating karma within romantic relationships.

In the afterlife (or, “between life”), in tandem with The Creator and other benevolent Light beings, souls will create and enter into contracts with each other to reincarnate together to heal their karma and live out their Divine purpose. These contracts include the subject matter that created the karma from previous lives. Until it’s resolved, the karma is carried forward from life to life. The contents of each contract are is contingent upon the degree of karmic debt (beliefs, actions, thoughts and feelings) that we and the other parties have created. The contracts contain information about where and when the souls are destined meet in the next life and carry out their contractual obligation in the hopes that it is resolved. When the souls meet in the following life, they are subject to the rules of the contract. And if left unresolved, will reincarnated time and time again until resolution occurs. Whereas many soul contracts are created to heal past life karma, some are created for the purpose of a support system. Not all soul contracts are created for the purpose of resolving past life issues, some are generated in order to align us with our soul mate. Whether for the healing of karma or to meet our soul mates, all of these contracts are destined to happen. But how do we know if we are in a relationship with our soul mate or if we are working through a soul contract?

Soul contracts for the purpose of karmic debt are often wrought with fear. They are filled with haunting dreams, anxiety and apprehension that make us question our own self worth. Many a time, one of the partners in a soul contract has narcissistic tendencies. Thsi means that they tend to twist words and situations into opportunities for self gain. They tend to belittle their partner’s feelings and blame them for all that is wrong with their lives  Soul contract partners constantly create disharmony and stress within the relationship. Often soul contracts feel as if its partners are perpectually fighting an uphill battle in order to find the peace within their partnership. Frequently, while in a soul contract, we feel “off”, as if there is something, a force larger than we are keeping us in a relationship that may not be the healthiest choice for us. This can often feel like we are being energetically ‘punched in the gut’ so to speak. Whereas this may feel as if we are being punished, we have committed to these relationships so that we can heal them and move forward. This is a contract whose terms our soul has agreed to before incarnation. This is for the sole purpose of healing past life issues and learning lessons associated with the making peace with the human experience.

Entering into a soul contract relationship often feels, at the beginning, as if we are falling in love. We often feel as though we have known our partner for much longer than we have. Initially, there is a level of comfort that seems unmistakably as though t he partnership was meant to be. Often these relationships involve marriages and other long term commitments. However, throughout the course of the relationship, we may begin to see ‘red flags’ about our partner. We may question how it is that somebody who claims to care so much for us can treat us so poorly. One partner is often completely self-involved and give little to no care for the other person’s well being. Many times these partners are selfish and self centered. Sadly, these subtle signs can take time for us to recognize. In some cases we will train ourselves to go against our gut, to ignore the signs and to carry on because we feel that this love is a love that’s worth fighting for. Even though our partners place all of the blame on us for all that’s wrong with their lives, we often try to see their perspective and forgive their narcissism only to cast our own hurt aside and join them in belittling our feelings. We will be made to question ourselves right down to our core beliefs. Most often, because we are peacekeepers, we will continue to make excuses for these people to convince ourselves that their offenses were “not that bad”, or that our emotional pain is a result of our being too sensitive. We will often avoid placing blame on our partner because we have learned to accept responsibility for our circumstances and behaviours. However as we are brushing our hurt aside, we are neglecting to pay attention to our feelings. Our feelings are valid and must be felt in order to heal. 

Whereas the soul contract relationship often involves a cycle of fights, break ups, and getting back together (repeat), the soul mate contract is peaceful and supportive. Though all romantic relationships have their challenges, the soul mate relationship will not make us question our self-worth, it will not bring about repeated bouts of anxiety, depression, nightmares and other ailments. The soul contract relationship often feels as though one partner is constantly putting more effort into the other person and it is not reciprocated. It feels as though one partner feels as though s/he has to tear her/himself into pieces in order to keep the other person whole. There is a significant imbalance of power and energy in the soul contract. Whereas the soul contract relationship shakes us to our very core, bringing up negativity, mental and physical illness, the soul mate contract is healing and nurturing. The soul mate contract heals all prior soul contract relationships.

The soul mate relationship is a rare one. Whereas some believe that there is one soul mate for every person, some believe that there are many soul mate relationship possibilities. There is something to be said for the evolution of the soul within even a single lifetime. This is to say that should the possibility exist that we each have more than one soul mate relationship possibility, this renders us free to spiritually grow at our own pace. As the saying goes, ‘like attracts like’. With respect to romantic partnerships, whichever stage of growth we are at will attract the right partner for us. Should we only choose to grow a little bit, we will attract the soul mate for us at that stage. Should we choose to spend our entire lives learning and growing, we will attract various soul mates for the various stages of growth that we achieve. That said, for those who believe that there is only one soul mate for only one soul mate, this soul mate must be available to grow and learn at the same pace we do. If one partner grows at a further accelerated rate, the two may grow apart.

Soul mates bring each other peace and harmony. Soul mates support each other and lift each other up. They have a beautiful understanding of each other and what each of them needs within the relationship and in life to feel content. Though every romantic partnership as its fair share of disagreements, the methods by which soul mates work out their differences is through a loving understanding of each other. 

A soul mate relationship is rooted in respect and equality of partners. Though in all relationships, at times it seems that one partner gives more than the other, the soul mate relationship has equal or near to equal effort and care about each other and the relationship from both partners. There is a balance of power and energy that occurs when two souls are living within their soul mate relationship.

Soul contracts most often consistently bring out the worst, fearful sides of us. Soul mates most often consistently bring out the best, loving sides of us. Whatever that path we have contractually committed to, its important to remember the underlying theme of our role in our relationship, in this lifetime and as spiritual beings. It is our soul’s journey to resolve and absolve all karma we have previously created.

For more information on how to heal your soul contracts, please see:

https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/01/14/healing-from-a-karma-contract-pt-1

https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/01/21/healing-from-a-karma-soul-contract-pt2

Or email: jmorgan.soulstice@gmail.com fo set up your individual soul contract reading.

MAKING THE MOST OF THIS WEEK’S HIGHLY CHARGED FULL MOON/EQUINOX

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POSITIVE EMPOWERMENT: HAPPY FULL MOON IN LIBRA/VERNAL (SPRING EQUINOX)!

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 we are blessed with both this month’s full moon and the Vernal (spring) Equinox. This occasion promises to be one full of new beginnings and lighthearted fun! With the equinox’s peak at 5:58pm EDT (2:58pm PST) and the moon waxing full at 9:43 pm EDT (6:48pm PST), the late afternoon/evening hours declare a time of limitless potential.

The Vernal Equinox is one of two days of the calendar year (the second one being the Autumnal Equinox) wherein day and night are balanced. It is the moment at which the centre of the visible sun is directly above the equator. This placement of the sun and Earth cause daytime hours to be equal to the hours of night darkness. The Vernal Equinox also marks the first day of spring as well as the first day in the sun sign of Aries.
Spiritually, both the full moon and the Vernal Equinox are a significant time of releasing of old energies. Because spring is a time of new beginning, the moments before the precise time of the equinox hold a great opportunity to let go of that which no longer serves us. For those who are yet unaware, the full moon is traditionally the time during each lunar cycle that we bid farewell to energies that no longer serve us. Thus, this full moon/equinox day is a blessing; immersed with opportunity to grow.

With the full moon waxing full in the sign of Libra, we can expect to feel somewhat balanced in the midst of the shuffling seasons and zodiac signs. We will likely be able to remove ourselves emotionally from all the seeming chaos that may surround us during this shift and flux. As Libra is a air sign, for those who are most often set in our ways, we will feel delighted in our ability to go with the flow. Further to the positive note, as the traditional symbol for Libra is a judge holding scales (reminiscent of the ‘Justice’ card in the Tarot), we may draw upon this lunar energy to aid us in seeking balance within ourselves as well as externally. Interestingly, the numerical value placed on the Justice card in the major Arcana of the Tarot is the number ‘8’, defining the symbol for ‘always and forever’, ‘infinite’ or ‘eternal’. This is to say that choosing how we spend our time and energy during this full moon is a wise move. Because of the resonation of the number 8 and its eternal energy, this lunar influence has the capacity to project our intentions and energy into our infinite future. If we are so inclined, it is wise to spend our time and energy on that which we wish for ourselves. What do we mist desire to accomplish? What are our dreams? Our goals? By focusing on these types of positive aspects of our futures, we are literally creating them as we think. Remember: Thoughts become things. Think and act with love.

Contrary to the moon’s placement in Libra, the sun will resume its yearly placement in Aries. As Aries is a fire sign, the sun will feel comfortable here. The Aries nature is a very passionate one. We may feel, during this illuminated time that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. And we are right! However, we must be mindful that as strong willed and hard working as the Aries may be, they also become bored quite easily. Too often, they begin a very exciting venture only to find that they lose interest and feel called toward another project. Whether in work or romance, Aries people have been known to have relatively short attention spans. Knowing this ahead of time can make all of the difference in the world. Should we become excited about a new project during this time of wonderful creative opportunity, let us continue to remind ourselves that we can do it! We can remind ourselves that we are indeed capable of accomplishing anything our hearts desire. All that must be done is the work involved to see it through. Utilizing the diligent nature of the Aries sun, we are sure to succeed!

Noteworthy on the subject of Aries is that in the Tarot there is a ram situated on the Emperor’s chair. As the symbol for Aries is the ram, this is or particular interest while Aries is astrologically prevalent. This is because the ‘Emperor’ card in the Tarot is card number 4 in the major Arcana. The meaning of the number four is often connoted in reference to building a foundation. This symbol of building of foundation is consistent with this Vernal Equinox/Full Moon’s theme of new beginnings. And, as both Aries and the Emperor card yield a ram in their symbolism, we can expect to want to charge head first into our intentions, plans and projects. Full speed ahead!

The 48 hours surrounding the full moon and equinox will unquestionably be a period of excitement, new freedoms and new beginnings. This opportunity before us has the capacity to lift us up and shift our vibrations and our lives in a very meaningful and powerful way. These energies do exist! It’s our choice- what will we create with them?

PART III: THE TELL’TAIL’SIGN OF COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH

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ANIMALS & DIGESTIVE HEALTH  PT III- THE TELL’TAIL’ SIGN OF HEALTH

In the first part of this article, we discussed various types and formulas of food. We discussed proper feeding instructions and how to switch to healthier types of foods. https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/03/18/what-every-person-must-know-animals-digestive-health/

In the second part of this article, we discussed the importance of doing our own research instead of blindly following instructions of professionals with ulterior motives. We learned that very often, health concerns get swept under the rug so that marketing techniques become the most efficient way for major cat and dog food companies to manipulate consumers into buying harmful ‘food’ products for their animal companions. https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/03/25/animals-digestive-health-pt2-what-you-need-to-know/

As important as all of the above information is, there is yet one vital ‘tell-tail’ sign of whether an animal is healthy. There is one main way to denote if an animal is adequately processing her-his food. This sign is one that most leave out of nutrition discussion as to some it is unpleasant. Many overlook this sign and characteristic of optimal wellness. And that sign is poop. An animal’s elimination habits are the key component to understanding what is occurring within his digestive system.

The frequency, consistency, colour and odour (lovely, I know) are all integral information as to how our animal’s inner bodies are functioning. Depending on each animal’s individual nutritional requirements, her body will react to food in a variety of ways. Of course, it is of primary import to research a species appropriate diet for your animal companion. Not all dogs require the same diet. Not all cats require the same diet. In addition to each species, each different animal has different genetics and environmental dietary considerations. It is too often that consumers believe manipulative marketing techniques in terms of painting every large breed dog, small dog or cat with the same dietary requirement brush. Some brands of food have even recognized this and started to market emotionally-based labeling that suggests different formulas for different breeds. While the idea is on point, the ingredients are not. In fact, when consumers do fall for these tactics, they will find that the results are not what they bargained for.

When we feed our animal companions inappropriate species diets such as over-processed foods, nutrient poor foods or foods high in preservatives and carcinogens, we will notice first and foremost, poor elimination habits. Before we discuss what are considered “poor” elimination habits, we may want to examine what healthy habits are. Healthy dogs and cats should eliminate at least once per day. The stool should be a healthy size. If an animal’s stool is frequently large in size, this is a clear indication that s/he is not retaining much in the way of nutrients. This is an indication that the food is passing right through her without being absorbed into the body at all. And this is a clear indication that she is eating nutrient-poor food. Stool should be average in colour (not too light and not too dark) and fairly odourless. Of course there will be some odour. However if the odour is overly repulsive, there is foul play in the animal’s digestive system.  The animal should rarely have diarrhea or be constipated.

If your animal friend’s elimination occurs lesser frequently than once per day, has a repulsive odour, is frequently runny, frequently hard, too light, too dark, too soft, too hard or the animal eliminates more frequently than he or she should, it is time to take  step back and examine. All of the animal’s elimination habits are DIRECTLY related to her/his food.

There are several methods to approach the healing of elimination habits. The first of which of course is to research a healthier food for our animals. There is more information on this in the second part of this article. In addition to finding healthier choices, we want to examine what else may be contributing to the poor gastrointestinal function of our cats and dogs. In many cases, kittens and puppies who have been ‘found’ at very young ages without their mothers take issue with digestion. This is because they have not received sufficient nourishment from their mother’s milk as youngsters for their digestive systems to properly develop. When the gastro systems of animals develop improperly, this leaves a lot of room for insufficient amounts of enzymes, gut flora and other vital aspects of healthy digestion. In cases where despite the healthiest food choices, the animal continues to endure chronic diarrhea, constipation or both, we will want to consider the addition of probiotics or enzymes to the diet. Do you know the difference? For a detailed description of the difference between probiotics and enzymes and their benefits, read https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/08/13/enzymes-or-probiotics-which-one-is-best-for-my-animal/ .

In terms of constipation specifically, many would be appalled by the lack of nutrition in processed foods. For instance, did you know that in many well known cat and dog food brands the “fibre” is made of sawdust? Sawdust.  And we wonder why our animals take issue processing food through their gastrointestinal system. To boot, not only is the quality of the fibre in processed foods compromised by not even being food but the quantity of fibre in many is severely lacking. Without fibre, the animal becomes bloated, gassy and constipated. How do we remedy this? By adding fibre to their diet, we will be allowing their bodies to function more healthily. Of course we will want to add real, whole foods. Not sawdust. We will also be sure not to listen to professionals who claim that animals need laxatives, prescription diets and other garbage that will cause more harm than good in the long run. There are several easy household ways to help our animals “go”. Here are four tried, tested and true methods of relieving constipation in cats and dogs.

1)      WATER– Nearly all companion dogs and cats suffer from severe dehydration. Few of their human families recognize this. When the body is depleted of moisture, it can easily become constipated. Diets that are higher in grains, kibble (dry food) based or are highly processed easily diminish the body’s moisture. Believe it or not in most cases, water alone cannot even fully hydrate the animal’s body; most of the water goes right through the animal’s system. However water can be fully effective in relieving constipation. Most animals do not drink enough water on their own. It is up to us as caregivers to monitor this and make drinking water a fun experience for our animal friends. From drinking fountains to water streams, there are a myriad of ways to entice our furry friends to hydrate effectively.

2)      ADD MORE OMEGAS 3 & 6 TO DIET– As mentioned above, water alone, in most cases, is insufficient in terms of hydration. By adding extra omegas to the diets of our animal friends, we will be encouraging moisture retention within their skin, coat and internal organs. Highly recommended sources of Omegas 3 & 6 are: Wild salmon oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, and flax seed oil. (Please note that flax seed oil is NOT a complete protein, however it contains the nutrients to retain substantial moisture within the body).

3)      ADD MORE FIBRE– If we look closely at the nutritional breakdown of ingredients in processed (canned or dry) food for cats and dogs, we may notice that the majority are lacking in the fibre department. As stated earlier in this article, many well known companies add sawdust to their foods and call it fibre. Obviously, this type of ‘fibre’ is insoluble (does not break down in the GI system). Therefore, adding our own sources of fibre can be handy. There are several household items that can be used to enhance the fibre content of their food. We may use: ground flax seeds, ground almonds, ground cooked lentils, ground cooked beans. These are excellent sources of fibre, Be sure to avoid canned beans and lentils as the cans often contain heavy metals and BPA’s. Buy your own lentils and beans in bulk and cook them on your own.

4)      CANNED PUMPKIN OR PAPAYA SEEDS– Canned pumpkin and papaya seeds are very high in fibre. They are sweet tasting which makes it easy for an animal to eat.

5)      CHIROPRACTOR– When all else fails, take the animal to the chiropractor! Because the digestive organs are all intimately connected with the spine, often a simple spinal adjustment can cure the body of unhealthy elimination habits. Because the muscles and tendons surrounding the internal organs are also connected with the spine, many times the treatment process is synonymous. Again, examining the skeletal & organ development of a malnourished or abused animal, very often physical trauma to the skeletal system can affect inner organ function.

On the other side of the poop spectrum we have those animals who have chronic diarrhea. In many emotionally sensitive animals, diarrhea can be caused by stress. It is also caused by improperly developed GI system as a youngster. Most of the time, the latter can effectively be treated with enzymes or probiotics. In cases where the digestive system is too underdeveloped, there are several options to rebalance.

1)      MORE WHOLE FOODS- Often, processed foods can cause digestive upsets in animals (and people!). By learning about appropriate raw food or whole food diets, even the most sensitive of tummies will have a better chance at functioning well.

2)      CANNED PUMPKIN– Though high in fibre, canned pumpkin has also been shown to balance food absorption and digestive function. Canned pumpkin is an overall win-win to add to any diet. Be sure to check with your holistic veterinarian to ensure there are no contraindications.

3)      LOWER PROTEIN CONTENT– Especially in aging animals and nervous animals, excess amounts of protein can cause runny stool. In most cases we are taught that higher protein means better overall health. In many cases this is correct however as each animal’s dietary needs differs from the next, there are numerous tummies that do not agree with this blanket statement. Be sure to note that in foods with lower proteins, food companies often replace proteins with fillers such as grains or starches. When seeking a lower protein, high quality diet be sure to read labels and purchase foods with vegetables instead of starches!

4)      CHIROPRACTOR (yes, again.) – When all else fails, take the animal to the chiropractor! Because the digestive organs are all intimately connected with the spine, often a simple spinal adjustment can cure the body of unhealthy elimination habits. Because the muscles and tendons surrounding the internal organs are also connected with the spine, many times the treatment process is synonymous. Again, examining the skeletal & organ development of a malnourished or abused animal, very often physical trauma to the skeletal system can affect inner organ function.

 

As I teach in all of my animal-related classes, it is of utmost importance to observe you animal when she is healthy so that you will notice the very first sign of a shift in her heath. By far, noting elimination habits (in detail!) is the most effective way to gauge what goes on inside the body. By keeping an eye on this tell’tail’ sign and acting accordingly, we are sure to keep our animals healthy and feeling great!

WHAT DO ANIMALS HEAR WHEN WE SPEAK?

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ANIMALS AND SPOKEN WORD

Many human companions of animals often wonder if their animals can actually understand the words they speak to their animals. Almost all of us have realized that our companions respond to us when we communicate to them with spoken word.
But how much do they understand spoken word when we are speaking to other humans within the vicinity of the animals?

Studies have shown that each species of animal has a relative capacity for understanding human language. Some breeds of species have the capacity to understand more than others as well. There are numerous benefits to practicing exercises with our cats, dogs, parrots and horses whereby we teach them the meanings of pertinent words. One obvious benefit is to aid in their learning what is acceptable behaviour. By using command words we are able to express fairly clearly how we wish for the animal to behave. Conversely we are able to express what s undesirable behaviour.
A second, perhaps lesser considered benefit to teaching animals to understand spoken word is for mental stimulation. What few people realize is that to promote longevity and healthy quality of life, in addition to adequate physical, animals require adequate mental stimulation. Without mental stimulation animals easily become bored and lose their mental sharpness. Some even choose to act out when they are not being challenged to utilize their mental capacity. There are several ways to maintain a healthy learning environment for our animal friends. By allowing them the opportunity to socialize and play outside they are subject to a wide array of smells and energies that is sure to stimulate them. Perhaps more to the point, encouraging our animal companions to engage in games with spoken word can be an excellent tool to help them learn and grow.

One such way is to lay out several items and teach an animal the name of each item. Using memory game techniques, the animal may quickly learn (depending on species and breed) the names of the items involved. Keeping our animal friends’ minds active will promote a much healthier quality of life.

                                                     A LANGUAGE MORE THAN WORDS

Almost more important to realize is that animals are acutely tuned into the element of spoken word that lies between the lines, so to speak. Beyond the language of letters strewn together to create precise words, animals understand a deeper aspect of spoken word. And that is intonation. Though companion animals may not be cognizant of all of our chosen words, they can certainly read our messages through intonation, or the tone of our voice. Animal are keenly sensitive to sound. Their audio-sensory perception is one of their most prominent survival mechanisms. Their ability to relate to pitch and volume is magnificent. Therefore, when we raise our voices, lower our voices, anger, soften, speak loudly and whisper, the tones of our voice carry far more information than do words themselves. Though animals ill not always understand each word we speak, we will notice that they do respond to the tones of our voices.

Conceivably, there is a third, deeper understanding that companion animals have through our spoken word. And that is their fundamental language: energy. Spoken word or non spoken word, our animal friends resolutely understand every thought, feeling and belief we have; whether we move a muscle or not. Because our animal friends feel that it is their familial duty to keep our balance and the balance of the household energy, they have adapted to a deeply sensitive understanding of human consciousness. Relative to their energetic interconnection with human consciousness, companion animals have become acutely empathic to their people. For those who are new to the study of spirituality and animal consciousness, empaths are those who unconsciously take on other people (or animals’) thoughts, feelings and beliefs and believe that they are their own. This means that when their human companions feel blue, they need not speak the words or even move a muscle to express their sadness; animals ascertain their person’s blues through empathic wisdom. In other words, animals feel what their people are emoting.

Further to their empathic nature, animals understand a vast array of their people’s thoughts. They may not recognize separate words that create the sentences we may think. However, they do understand both pictures and feelings. If we are visual thinkers, animals will likely have an easier time understanding our thoughts. This talent renders them telepathic. Telepathy accounts for the ability to obtain information from another conscious entity without using spoken word. Animals are highly telepathic as this is how they communicate with each other. Animals generally understand human thought however there is a substantial gap between animal and human consciousness as humans have a wider range of experience than do animals (i.e. driving a car, buying groceries). To an animal these examples would feel like sitting inside an object that moves or being hungry. Animals understand concepts without the added spoken word.

Do animals understand spoken word? Yes. Not only do they understand spoken word but they understand beyond the third dimension and feel the words we speak. Animal consciousness is far more complex than most humans give credit for. This is an excellent opportunity for us to connect with animal kind in new and beautiful ways. With great certitude, we will learn just how similar the animal mind is to the human!

TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOUR COMPANION ANIMAL THINKS AND FEELS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR HOME, SCHEDULE AN ANIMAL COMMUNICATION SESSION: jmorgan.soulstice@gmail.com

TUESDAY’S FULL SUPERMOON IN VIRGO: COLLECT, ACCEPT AND RESPECT YOURSELF!

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FULL MOON IN VIRGO

February 19th, 2019 births a full moon in the sign of Virgo. This full moon is a supermoon, which means that it is one of four moons that are closer in proximity to the Earth than the other nine during the calendar year. Because this full moon’s distance to our planet is closer than most, it appears larger than usual in the night sky.
As with all full moons, this one is a time for release. When the moon appears at its fullest, it astrologically signifies the highest and best time to let go of that which no longer serves our highest good.

As this moon waxes full in the sign of Virgo, it illuminates our need for order and structure in our lives; both physically and emotionally. While being organized and regimented are a valuable part of a healthy life, this particular lunar influence may have us dwelling on our imperfections. We may feel compelled to dwell on every detail of our lives that is chaotic. Any lack of clarity in emotional relationships may feel excessively overwhelming. In fact any aspect of our lives over which we feel a lack of control may have us in a panic. We feel an accentuated desire to “fix” everyone and everything surrounding. However despite all of the opportunity to feel we are unable to manage and organize, there is a lesson. And the lesson is acceptance. This is our opportunity to accept our imperfections, both in or physical world as well as our mental, emotional and spiritual. By working towards self-acceptance, we are working toward inner peace.

With emphasis on our need to control every detail of our lives, we may also utilize this opportunity to practice the discipline of letting go. When we relinquish control of our lives, we are allowing circumstances to naturally unfold. And, as they always will, they will do so in our highest good- in ways that work best for all involved. In the human body and mind, we are unable to understand the full picture of the greatest good. By releasing our need to control; by letting go of our ego, we are allowing divine miracles to shine through. We are opening ourselves up to possibilities that we hadn’t even dreamt of.

While the moon shines brightly in Virgo, our sun is in the watery, sensitive sign of Pisces. We may feel a desire to withdraw- to go within and search our souls. We may find that if we do so, we will daydream the day away. Pisces energy can be quiet ethereal. We may utilize this energy to create! Though we may get lost in other dimensions during this lunar period, we may find that when we return, we are filled with love and inspiration to create. Whether we are creative individuals or strictly wish to create a better life for ourselves, the full moon in the sun sign of Pisces is a wonderful time to get lost in creative potential. However should we feel that we are getting “too lost”, we can rely on the grounded earth sign Virgo to bring us back to Earth.

Both Pisces and Virgo have strong empathic tendencies. Both are acutely sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others. This, during this full moon period, is not to be taken lightly. During this time, empaths may feel extra sensitive. The Piscean energy could have empaths engulfed in their emotions- or the emotions of others. It is crucial to all to engage in grounding techniques- with the aid of the Virgo moon. By rooting ourselves into the Earth, we will find balance and compassion.

Throughout this 48 hour lunar period, it is crucial that we are mindful of the motivations behind our actions. Do we have ulterior motives? Or are we behaving out of the goodness of our hearts free of attachment? Thankfully, both the Piscean and Virgo energies carry a “think before I act” mentality. This mentality enables us to discern the motivations behind our actions. We may also draw on the “think before I act” mentality before we find ourselves succumbing to the ego’s need for perfectionism. Before we get swept up into dwelling on each individual detail of that which is out of our control, we may take comfort in our ability to practice the pause, take a deep breath and find compassion for others; and most importantly ourselves.

5 EFFECTIVE, EASY WAYS TO BREAK THOSE WINTER BLUES!

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BREAK OUT OF THOSE WINTER BLUES WITH THESE 5 EASY REMEDIES:

As many of us are experiencing, most of North America is in a winter that is far colder than normal. For anyone who is sensitive to cold (animal or person), these colder climes can have us feeling blue. For some of us, feeling cold is so uncomfortable that we go to extreme measures to avoid it. However try as we might, sometimes there is just no escaping the cold.
The cold weather not only affects our moods, it also affects our physical bodies. When we are cold, there is more risk of pulling a muscle, imbalanced walking, muscle atrophy, respiratory system and circulation. The combination of mental and physical discomfort often leads to a deep depression. In some cases, we are well aware of our seasonal depression. In others, it goes unexamined, leaving us feeling unquestionably miserable.
Of course, going to see our doctor is an important part of mental wellness. However, it is often avoidable by making a few small changes to our routine. Some of the time, shifting several small aspects of our routine can make all of the difference to beating the winter blues. Here are five easy shifts that we can make to our winter routines that can help us combat seasonal depression:

1) EXERCISE- Exercise is a well known method of mood regulation. Particularly cardiovascular exercise which raises endorphins which raises the spirit. Endorphins cause a feeling of euphoria after exercise. Though most are familiar with the term “runner’s high” when considering the boost of endorphins after exercise, cardiovascular exercise does not have to mean running or any other high impact body movements. An effective cardiovascular workout is one that moderately, intermediately or greatly elevates the heart rate. Fast walking, swimming, cycling (even stationary or spinning) are all effective means of raising the heart rate. Circuit training or other fast-paced weight training with light weights is also a beneficial endorphin- causing exercise. It is not necessary to lift heavy weights for an endorphin release. Lifting lighter weights in many repetitions (20 or more per set) helps with muscular endurance which will in turn raise the endorphin levels of the brain. Not only do endorphins help us to feel happy, they also minimize physical pain.

2) ADAPTOGENS- Adaptogens are used in herbal medicine for various health benefits. One such benefit is that they promote stabilization of moods, hormones and physiological processes. Adaptogens have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to elevate moods and regulate hormones. Adaptogens moderate stress responses which is to say that when we become stressed, anxious or depressed, our reaction to those feelings is calmer and more regulated. Adaptogen herbs treat the hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis. This is to say that they keep the brain and hormones in check and balance. Additionally, increasing adaptogens in the diet promotes homeostasis. This means that they keep body cells healthy and unchanged so that they are unimpaired by external conditions. Adaptogens boost the immune system so that fewer pathogens can infiltrate the body. This means that fewer allergies, flu-like symptoms, chronic fatigue or terminal illness attack the body, leaving the body in a healthier state for longer. Several examples of adaptogen herbs are: Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, Ginseng, Astralagus, St John’s Wort to name a few. Be sure to consult your local holistic doctor or local herb consultant to be sure which option is the best for you.

3) INCREASE SUNLIGHT- Studies have shown that those with seasonal depression show some improvement when they increase their sunlight exposure. This may mean direct sunlight, indirect sunlight such as through a window or using an indoor tanning bed for no more than 7 minutes at a time. Though there is much discrepancy about whether or not indoor tanning is healthy, for those who have seasonal depression, indoor tanning is often highly effective in elevating moods. If indoor tanning is not an option, sitting inside your home by a sunny window for a half hour or more can also help to treat those seasonal blues. Sunlight is a powerful healer.

4) INCREASE OMEGA FATTY ACIDS- Studies have shown that ingesting an appropriate amount of EFA’s (essential fatty acids) in the diet can help to regulate brain hormones. The brain requires an adequate amount of Omega 3’s to properly function. It has been discovered through research that many people who have depression are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids. Several case studies were performed on various types of depression with various sources of omega fatty acids. Though research is fairly recent, the studies showed a significant decrease in seasonal, chronic, postpartum and severe depression through the intake of omega fatty acids. There are two types of Omega’s; EPA and DHA. The above studies showed that food sources that contained both of the types of Omegas were the most effective in the treatment of depression. Common sources of omega fatty acids are: salmon, salmon oil, almonds, avocados, eggs, CBD oil, algae oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil with DHA, hemp seed oil, sardines. It is unnecessary to eat all of these food sources. It is important to do your research in order to discern which options are right for you.

5) LAUGHTER- It is commonly stated that “laughter is the best medicine”. This is the truth! When we laugh, we immediately shift our vibration to a higher state. This is because our brain and body react to the joyful feeling that comes along with laughter. Our body reflects the joyful feeling, raising our vibration out of the depths. Too, when we smile, the brain releases dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness. Laughing also produces endorphins which, as we learned above, create a natural high. Laughter decreases cortisol levels which is the hormone responsible for stress and worry. Laughter also increases serotonin which is the hormone responsible for regulation of moods. Laughter, both experientially and scientifically truly is the best medicine!

Thankfully, this winter shall pass. In the mean time, the above mood elevating techniques will help us to stay positive!