Category - Gratitude

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5 special sanctuary animals who have mastered the Reiki precepts
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The Most Amazing Reiki Pig in the World
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The winner of the 2017 World’s Most Adorable Reiki Animal is …
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Join us for World Animal Reiki Day 2017
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Why I wrote my latest book, Heart to Heart With Horses
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5 goals for a happier 2017
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3 ways rescued cats are the best teachers
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We need Reiki now more than ever
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How to celebrate a kinder Thanksgiving
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Why animals make meditation look so easy

5 special sanctuary animals who have mastered the Reiki precepts

Last month, as I do every February, I had the honor of teaching Reiki 3 at The C.A.R.E. Foundation in Apopka, Florida. This beautiful sanctuary is home to more than 200 exotic animals, including bears, monkeys, big cats and even a friendly skunk!

The interesting thing about working with animals (not just the ones at C.A.R.E.) is that even though I am teaching animal Reiki to humans, the animals are truly the ones teaching us. In fact, I’ve come to realize that the special animals at C.A.R.E. perfectly model the five Reiki precepts, as illustrated in the following photo essay …

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The Most Amazing Reiki Pig in the World

Wednesday, March 1, was National Pig Day—and whenever I think of pigs, I cannot help but remember Harley, an amazing pig who touched my heart and the hearts of many lucky enough to know him.

Harley was a beautiful, 800-pound black-and-white pig who lived many happy years at BrightHaven sanctuary in Northern California. Five years ago, on July 11, he passed away—and is still sorely missed by me, so many of my students, and everyone who knew him. He was such an amazing soul that I feel the need to write about his life for those of you who didn’t get the opportunity to meet him in person …

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The winner of the 2017 World’s Most Adorable Reiki Animal is …

This past Sunday, February 5, was our second-annual World Animal Reiki Day—and the day was a massive global success! Thank you to everyone who participated!

One of the ways we celebrated was with our Facebook photo contest of the World’s Most Adorable Reiki Animal. Our winner this year was Odin the hedgehog!!

Odin’s human is JulieAnn Lee, and she tell us this story about how they came to find each other …

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Join us for World Animal Reiki Day 2017

Have animals made your life better? Have animals inspired you to be a better person? If you love animals and want to make the world a more compassionate place for them, then please join us in celebrating World Animal Reiki Day tomorrow, February 5, 2017!

Last year, during our inaugural celebration, we had hundreds of animal lovers around the world …

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Why I wrote my latest book, Heart to Heart With Horses

Horses have always been the great loves of my life. Even as a small child, I could feel the healing power of just being in their majestic presence. It was so wonderful as an adult to realize that I could give back to them through the healing power of Reiki!

In honor of horses and all the wisdom and compassion that they bring to the world, I have written my latest book …

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5 goals for a happier 2017

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions—but a new year does always feel like a fresh start in some ways and an opportunity to check in with my big-picture goals: What do I want to achieve this year? Is there anything in my life I want to do differently? Am I as happy as I can be?

For me, happiness is intrinsically connected to living with purpose and meaning. I work with animals every single day because that adds value to my life. My dog, horses and even the shelter and sanctuary animals I encounter remind me the importance of kindness, of mindfulness, of compassion. And of the goodness in this world (which sometimes feels very hard to find). So with the animals as my guide, here are my five goals for a happier 2017 …

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3 ways rescued cats are the best teachers

I am a Reiki teacher who works with animals. Some might ask me if I’m an “animal healer,” but I don’t like that term: Partly because I respect the wisdom and power of animals too much to claim that I’m the one doing the helping, and partly because of what some amazing cats in my Reiki journey have revealed to me …

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We need Reiki now more than ever

Tonight’s New Moon reminds us that times are a changin’. With 2017 almost here, we know that there are so many new beginnings ahead of us. Reiki can help us release those things that hinder us and create a beautiful healing space for new things to enter …

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How to celebrate a kinder Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate peace, kindness—and turkeys. Each year, I try to find a way to celebrate compassion on this special day. Last year, I joined Gene Baur and Farm Sanctuary at the Celebration for the Turkeys in downtown San Francisco. This year, I plan to share an array of delicious homemade vegan dishes with my family and friends.

Though some people may give you a strange look when you mention you plan to celebrate a vegan Thanksgiving, keep in mind you’re in good company: Beyoncé, Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres, Liam Hemsworth, Jared Leto, Alicia Silverstone, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood and Kat Von D will be enjoying a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, too.

But that doesn’t make it any easier when it comes to planning a menu that will impress even the most ardent carnivore. Here’s what I’ve decided to prepare for tomorrow …

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Why animals make meditation look so easy

Animals make the best meditation partners. It’s true! Their natural, calming presence helps to anchor us “in the now,” and they approach life with unconditional love, a real challenge for us humans. Next time your cat rests with its eyes closed, or your dog takes a snooze on your lap, don’t just think about how cute they are (because, of course, they are), but think, too, about what we can learn from them to improve our own meditation practice. Animals are natural meditators, with peaceful, nonjudgmental minds and open hearts. They remind us what we should all strive for whenever we meditate …

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