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Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Have A Special Affinity For Animals

I've been an animal lover since childhood and vegan for 15 years and my special love for animals has become stronger as an adult.  I've always had a special love and connection bond with animals and as a Highly Sensitive Person, (HSP) I have tremendous respect and appreciation for animals.  I love all animals - farm animals, cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, mice, dolphins, whales, squirrels, and birds.  I've looked into the eyes of many animals and I always see the same thing - wisdom, intelligence, love, beauty, gentleness, and mystery.  When they look back at me, I smile and laugh, wondering if we're having a conversation or if they're trying to figure out what kind of weird animal or human I am.  

I once looked into the eyes of a cow and that was quite a memorable moment.  On the way home from a road trip, my husband and I stopped along the side of the road and we smiled and greeted a cow that was on a ranch property on the other side of the fence.  We happily said, "Hi there, we just wanted to say hello and let you know that we don't eat you because we're vegan and we don't eat your people, our friends.  Have a nice day."  We said good-bye and returned home.  

Several years later, we attended a vegan Thanksgiving potluck at Los Angeles Rancho Park, California, and met a rescued chicken.  It was the first time that either of us had seen a farm animal up close and personal in such a peaceful, free, relaxed manner.  We cried tears of joy and for those special moments, it totally changed our perspective on farm animals.  Very few people make the connection between the meat neatly packaged on the store shelf and on their plate.  According to John Robbins' book, "Diet For A New America," most people are desensitized and taught to believe that farm animals are stupid, unintelligent, and have no feelings.  I can tell you firsthand that is completely false.  I was initially cautious because I had never seen a farm animal up close in this manner and I didn't want to frighten her, especially considering the horrifying conditions she was rescued from.  But after a few moments, I gently touched her head and her back and she looked up at me and I could see that she was totally relaxed.  

There is no question in my mind that animals have feelings and feel the joy and pain from other animals and humans.  I feel the same way about my cats, Cali, a beautiful, sweet, loving, adorable Calico, and her brother, Marble, a sweet, adorable, beautiful, cuddly gray Tabby.  When I feel bad, depressed, angry, stressed, or physically under the weather, my kids are very sensitive and comfort me and cuddle with me for hours at a time.  They know I'm their Mommy and they love me and care about me and I love, care about, respect, and adore them.  I'm very deeply grateful for the special connection I share with animals and the loving healing they give to me in my life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Healthy Natural Stress Remedies

One of my favorite quotes is, "Laughter is truly the best medicine," Norman Cousins.  Everyday life in the 21st Century has become very complicated and stressful and at times, it can be a real strain.  The Holidays can be especially stressful and this is the time when we need to help each other even more to get through the difficult times.  Here are a few things my husband and I do to find comfort and help each other feel better.

1.   Laugh, laugh, laugh!  Watch your favorite comedies.  Laughter is our favorite natural remedy for coping with stress and the blues.  

2.  Cuddle with a furry friend.  Animals are amazing wonderful creatures and can help us heal our pain and soothe our woes.  When we cuddle with our cat fur babies, we smile and laugh and feel much better.  We love and care about them and we love their healing soothing purrs!  Enjoying a cuddle with a furry friend does wonders and is sure to bring a smile to a distressed face.

3.  Take a walk and get some exercise!  Bodily movement is one of the most important things you can do to lift your Spirits, improve your energy, and feel better!

4.  Enjoy a warm shower or soak in a warm bath.  Showering always helps us feel better!  We feel clean, invigorated, and renewed!

5.  Enjoy your favorite organic essential oils.  Organic essential oils of sandalwood, peppermint, lemon, and patchouli are our favorites for uplifting healing organic aromatherapy.  They soothe our woes, reduce our stress, and lift our Spirits!

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In these trying stressful times, let's help each other cope and feel better and show each other how much we love and care for one another.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Soothing Organic Aromatherapy

When I'm feeling emotionally distressed, stressed, or physically under the weather, I enjoy organic aromatherapy to soothe my woes and lift my Spirits.  My favorite soothing organic essential oils are sandalwood, lemon, peppermint, and patchouli.  When I step out of the shower, a whiff of sandalwood oil helps me feel grounded, soothed, and invigorated, and I often put a drop on my wrist and my neck to enjoy the soothing essence for hours.  I enjoy lemon oil when I want to freshen and enliven the indoor air and feel energized and invigorated.  

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Peppermint oil is an essential oil I carry with me in my purse and I always make sure I have an extra bottle in my clothing drawer.  I enjoy it as organic aromatherapy.  A whiff of peppermint oil energizes and invigorates me.  A whiff of patchouli oil helps me feel grounded and lifts my Spirits.  Sandalwood oil and patchouli oil are two of my favorite organic essential oils because they have a lovely natural woodsy aroma and they help to lift my Spirits during the Holiday Season.