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Why are some dogs so scared & jumpy on windy days?

I was asked this question recently by a lovely client….

Dogs (like most animals) are able to perceive weather changes. They can sense the changes in the electrostatic field – the air.
We all know what it’s like for our hair or clothing to become static. There’s the little shocks we receive when we rub against it. It will startle and stop you for a moment.
If you can imagine, a dog has a greater and higher frequency range of hearing, as well as being a barometer to weather changes. They’re sensing the wind and if you combine this with thunder or even lightening – we’ve got once confused pooch.
If wind can ruffle a human’s feather and get us all grumpy and ungrounded, imagine what it can do to your dog! They become a carrier for an electrical current through their body. The stronger the current, the more short shocks that run through their body. That would definitely make me quite jumpy too.
What to do:
The more grounded we are in our body and self, the more this energy will move directly to our beloved canines helping to ground (earth) their energy and not be swept up in the air’s electric charges. Just ask any electrician, they always earth or ground any electrical current.
One way to earth yourself and remove static energy from your body is to rub your feet on the ground. Then if you want to ground your pet – place your hand on their body and imagine breathing your energy through your hand into them.
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MIndful May Challenge #3

Never underestimate the healing powers of sound and our own sound at that. Many of us are aware of the healing powers of a cat’s purr (it’s true)! Our own internally humming out loud at a certain frequency creates vibration within our body. You may have to practice to get the right depth of your humming but you’ll know when you get there. It’s as if you feel yourself vibrating from the inside – an amazing sensation!

Have your pen and paper ready

  1. Find a spot where you can sit down for a few minutes
  2. Bring your focus to your heart chakra and take a few breaths – 1 MINUTE
  3. Then proceed to slow down each breath in, hold and exhale
    1. All done gently (no forcing) – 1 MINUTE
  4. Now start slow, deliberate, deep belly breaths
    1. Get comfortable with your deep slow breath flow
  5. On each exhalation, begin a soft, slow humming
    1. Keep deepening the hum so it travels down the torso
  6. Observe the sensations within the body as the humming vibrates and moves through you – 3 MINUTES
  7. Write down what you observe
    1. How do you feel now?

 

Cleansing the Energy in your Home

Most of the time cleaning your home can change the energy, however if you’ve had a stressful time or even if life has been hectic, that heavy feeling can linger.

Have you ever walked into a person’s home and felt edgy? They may have had a disagreement with someone recently and the energy hasn’t been able to leave the home as yet. It can feel uncomfortable being the visitor and the person living there might not ever realise it’s making them edgy also.

Feelings of sadness, loss and grief can also leave an impression for all entering the home. This is what I’m referring to as cleansing the energy in your home. I liken it to letting your clothes dry in the sunshine, they feel warm and smell fresh. When you put these clothes on, the energy of them transfer across and mingles with your own energy.

To cleanse the energy in your home, is like grounding your home. Aligning the energy so that calmness can enter and increase clarity and harmony in the home.

There are many ways to clear the energy of your home and I will share with you two methods that I use to completely shift your home’s feeling.

  1. Meditation
    1. Get yourself into a comfortable position and focus on your breathing. Slow, deep breaths so that your attention starts to come inwards.
    2. Imagine the layout of your home and go through each room spreading ‘white light’. Sometimes I like to roll it out like a mist or fog.
    3. Take your time with each room and once you’ve finished every room, let the mist float all around yourself cleansing your own energy state.
    4. You can take it a step further if you wish or stop here if you like.
    5. The next step is to imagine spreading a colour you have chosen for each room. E.g. the living room you may choose orange, the bedroom can be pink or green, the kitchen can be yellow and the bathroom perhaps blue.
    6. Once you have finished, sit quietly for a few more minutes and let yourself connect with your home’s new energy.
    7. I would recommend doing this meditation weekly for yourself and home.
  1. White or Lavender Sage Smudging
    1. You can purchase this from any health food store.
    2. Have a bowl ready to catch any embers from your sage stick. Light it up and when the sage stick flame is on fire, blow out the flame, as it’s the smoke that creates the ritual for smudging.
    3. Have all doors and windows closed for the duration of smudging.
    4. Have an intention (similar to a prayer, a mantra) e.g. I cleanse all stagnate and old energy from this room.
    5. Proceed with your smudge stick and bowl to every corner of each room and let the smoke float throughout the room saying your intention (out loud or in your mind).
    6. When you have completed each room, then allow yourself to be smudged. Let the smoke waft over you from your feet all the way up to your head. It’s as if you wash yourself in smoke.
    7. Put the smudge stick out either with water or a bowl with sand in it.
    8. After 10 minutes, you can open all doors and windows to air your home out and ENJOY.
    9. I usually smudge my home every week and if I’ve had a particularly intense day.

So instead of letting all that dense energy stay in your home, you can cleanse the ambiance at a moment’s notice . From heaviness to calmness with a simple ritual of a Meditation or Smudging, inviting new revitalised energy into your home.

15 things every mum needs to know about Meditation

15 things every mum needs to know about Meditation

Mums of today are like Wonder Woman, with their superhero ability to multi-task, juggle multiple roles as driver, teacher, personal chef, mediator, executive assistant, fixer and knower of all things (just to name a few). So in amongst the chaos of daily life, experiencing each moment, and taking time out to smell the roses isn’t always top of the to-do list, which is when we can miss out on some of the joys of motherhood.

What if you could add a new super power to your toolbox and all you needed was 5 minutes a day to start?

Below are just some of the best benefits of regular meditation for the busy mum.

 

  1. Finding your groove

Hustle and bustle means we’re always thinking and planning ahead. Simply put, we’re not enjoying being in the present. Finding your own rhythm where your body, your emotions and your mind are all in support of each other is something we take for granted.

  1. Tick Tock

You begin to become aware of each moment, what your thinking, what you’re feeling and with this, you’re able to pause and experience what is occurring within and around you. This is how we slow down our perception of time. What mum wouldn’t want to have extra time in their day?

  1. Heart to Heart love

Regular meditation can help you begin to empathise with your child, understanding their world with a lighter heart. Connecting to your child in the moment is one of the most beautiful experiences, especially when you feel and connect from the heart.

  1. Children are our mirrors of life

Children regardless of age respond to their parent’s energy states. Whether you’re in your head or riding your emotions, the more centred you become, the more you influence your child into this grounding state. A little bit of calmness on the home front can go along way.

  1. Awareness levels increase

If you have a toddler, you need eyes in the front and the back of your head. When you meditate regularly, your peripheral vision and sixth sense increases and you’re able to sense your little one in whole different way.

  1. Less outbursts

By lowering your cortisol and adrenalin levels, you make it more difficult to ride that emotional rollercoaster. The ups and downs lessen and you find your own even keel. Calm and steady days ahead.

  1. You are the FUN mum

Having more energy for you, your family and friends means you’re a joy to be around. Fun seems to follow you!

  1. Taking care of mummy

Meditation is one of the most nurturing ways to take care of you. It has a ripple effect into every aspect of your life and all those you interact with in a positive manner.

  1. Healthier and stronger you

Meditation helps boost your immune system and strengthen your heart. A strong immune system is just as infectious energetically as a belly laugh and we all know how good a laugh is for our immune system!

  1. Less blues

Being more grounded in your body stops that pattern of highs and lows. Having a high is great, however impossible to maintain and there is only one-way down. Finding your centre, your own rhythm gives you, your own internal barometer of how to measure yourself emotionally and mentally daily.

  1. Watch out kids

You’re even quicker thinking on your feet. So watch out kids, pulling one over mum’s eyes is almost as easy as walking on water.

  1. Parent time

Instead of collapsing after the kids go to bed, you’re energy levels are now more consistent. You have time to connect with your partner/friends; Time for being a grown up and not just a mum.

  1. Kids start to listen

Being a mum and getting your message across is no mean feat. So just imagine, you’ve found your own rhythm, you’ve slowed down time and your grounded. Everyone will be calmer around you and hear what you’re saying (be prepared, they still may not agree but that’s what being a mum is about)

  1. Sleep means Sleep

You actually get to recharge deeply during your sleep time instead of collapsing into bed exhausted, playing catch up.

  1. True to who you are

You set the foundation of values in your family by being the example that they all can experience. Learning by example is the greatest gift to share with your children, as we all know ‘do as I say and not as I do’ never really works.

So to start off with, all you need is up to 5 minutes a day of connecting with your breath. You can do this anywhere, in the shower, lying in bed or even sitting in car (make sure you’ve pulled over first). Mindfulness is just a focused state of awareness that you can do anywhere, anytime. So instead of being Wonder Woman, you’re now Super Woman (you can fly without that invisible plane) and meditation is your secret weapon.

 

 

 

 

Knowing when it’s time.

It’s never easy having to make this decision – knowing when it’s time to say goodbye and how to go about it. Animals, for the most part, have an intuitive side that enables them to know when their time is drawing near. It’s instinctive to them. The hard part is for us humans, especially if the choice is left up to us. Vets can offer their opinions and will assist us and our pets as much as they can, however ultimately it is a family decision.
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Joint Custody – What are the rules?

There are many discussions on what happens when a family decides to go their separate ways and if they have children, sorting out the legalities of custody can be done amicably and with understanding.

There are guidelines on how to achieve this (this doesn’t imply that it is an easy process by any means).  If there are no children and their pets are considered ‘the kids in the family’, what are the rules for custody of the pets? Read more