Meditation is all the rage these days. Can you go through a day without hearing about it or seeing a post on social media about its benefits? I know I can’t.
When a practice seems to be everywhere you turn, there must be a reason for it. Well this is surely the case with meditation.
There are so many benefits of meditation it’s difficult to cite them all. Some of my favorites that I’ve experienced myself include: release of stress, reduced anxiety, improved concentration and a heightened sense of joy.
The Mayo Clinic even states that when combined with traditional medicine, meditation may improve physical health.
Do you meditate on a regular basis? I had a hard time with it at first. I couldn’t sit still. My mind would wander all over the place. Sometimes I even fell asleep. But once I found a rhythm and flow that worked for me, my practice became easier, more enjoyable and so much more beneficial.
Meditating with Pets
Here’s the exciting part that you may not know: Just as you and I can benefit from meditation, your pets can too!
Say what? Anyone who has relaxed in their easy chair and had their dog or cat climb in their lap and fall asleep has practiced meditating with their pet without knowing it.
In fact, in the healing sessions I do with my pet clients, which are a type of meditation, almost all the dogs, cats and even horses I work with fall asleep at some point. They release all their stress and just become so relaxed that they can’t help themselves.
Here is Tess, a shelter dog I worked with recently during and after her healing session. She literally fell asleep in the grass while I was working with her.
The practice of meditating with your pets is essentially making the choice to relax with them. The benefits are fantastic for their health and well-being and can include:
- Immediate relaxation
- Reduced stress, anxiety and pain
- Improved immunity
- Faster physical and emotional healing
- Improved behavior
- Stronger bond between you and your pet
- Improved well-being
Whether your pet is sick, injured, aging or even if your pet is well, they will benefit immediately from meditating with them.
I’m not a researcher or scientist, but I’ve seen these benefits first hand with my animal clients since reiki and energy healing are forms of meditation.
By practicing meditation with your pet, you can help them have these wonderful results too. Is that something you’d like to do?
A simple practice
If so, you can begin meditation with your pets now using this simple practice that I’ve outlined below.
- Find a comfortable place where you can relax easily and completely. Invite (don’t force) your pet to join you.
- Begin your meditation by closing your eyes and breathing gently, releasing tension and stress as you do. Take several relaxing breaths and notice how your body relaxes.
- If you find yourself distracted, gently refocus on your breath. If it works better, choose a word or intention to focus on, such as “relax,” “breath,” or “love.” Whatever word feels right for you is perfect.
- As you continue to relax and focus on your chosen word, with your eyes still closed begin to think about or envision your pet. Continue gently breathing and focusing on your chosen word. You don’t need to do anything else. Just keep breathing and relaxing.
- As you do, the calming that you feel for yourself will extend to your pet. You don’t even have to try.
- If you have never meditated before, begin with just a few minutes at a time. Lengthen your meditation for as long as you feel you can stay relaxed. If you feel restless and cannot relax end the session and try again later.
- You may play relaxing music if you like. I find it best to use music with no words. Nature sounds work well, too. Set a timer if you like so you don’t have to think about how long you will meditate.
- Keep relaxing and gently breathing for as long as you like. Even just a few minutes is helpful. The longer you meditate with your pet, the more they will benefit. You may even find that with time they join you before you even begin. That’s the beauty of intention. 🙂
Do you think you will try meditating with your pet? If so, enjoy your practice and let me know how it goes for you both.
With love and blessings,