Are you tired, over worked and stressed out? Do you catch yourself grabbing your meals at a drive thru instead of enjoying a nutritious, relaxed meal with family and friends? Are you too busy to walk your dog or give them the training and attention they need? If you answered yes to any of these, you may be out of balance.
Why does being in balance matter? Being grounded and in balance not only matters, but it’s the key to healing. Our bodies and our pet’s bodies know how to heal themselves, but only if they are in balance. Problems arise when we are out of balance.
Ayurveda is an ancient mind/body health system that believes vibrant health is the result of being in balance in all aspects of body – physical, emotional and spiritual. While most teachings of Ayurveda are directed towards people, it is also true for our animal companions.
In the system of Reiki, being balanced and grounded is what keeps us from tipping over when the storms hit. I live in the southwest and the native trees have very shallow root systems. The roots stay close to the earth and spread out wide in order to capture the limited rainfall that we see in the desert. When the strong winds come, many of these trees are uprooted.
In Reiki, we learn that we must work to stay balanced if we want to help anyone else. I often tell my students that, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” But for too many of us, our cups are empty. The storms come – job loss, death, divorce, medical diagnosis, and our lives and health are uprooted just like the desert trees. We can’t survive because we are out of balance.
There are many tools that can help you and your pet. In order to maintain vibrant health, your toolbox should be filled with a holistic veterinarian, Reiki, Ayurveda, meditation, massage/touch, essential oils, nutrition, and rest. This is by no means a complete list, but it’s a great start.
I’m going to spend the next few weeks sharing how you can use these tools to bring balanceinto your life and into the life of your pet.