Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

My Dog

We can learn a lot from our canine friends. I certainly have.

Shanti Smile- Oct 13 10As many of you know, my dog, Shanti, an English Cocker Spaniel, has been a loving companion and a great teacher.  One of the most powerful lessons he offers is how to stay conscious- being aware of what I’m thinking and feeling, and then deciding or choosing what I want to create in my life. How does he help me do that?  I see him react to my energy. If I’m upset, he looks alarmed or concerned.  If I’m happy, his tail wags and eyes glow.  His great sensitivity serves as a perfect mirror for me to “see” myself!

Nov 2010 016- Shanti+PumpkinsHe also teaches me how to live “in the moment”—without indulging in future worries or getting stuck in past guilt, regrets or resentments. So no matter what events occurred in the past, Shanti is ready to “be here now”- just as the great spiritual teachers tell us to be.  A great tool, when you find yourself worrying, is to take a couple of big, deep breaths. Close your eyes and take a time out.  If I just think of Shanti chilling out with the pumpkins, I can’t help but relax, breathe and smile!

Nov 2010 010- Squirrel Call

Another great tool is having fun. And Shanti wastes no time- whether rolling in the snow or howling at the squirrels. He just makes me laugh.

My canine companion also teaches me about unconditional love, including forgiveness and compassion. Shanti doesn’t hold a grudge when I’m running late to take him on his walk. He greets me at the door, always waging his tail and his face scrunched with joy, no matter what.  He isn’t Nov 2010 031- Me+Mr.Shantijudging or questioning… he’s just there to love me and to be loved back.

So let’s go to the dogs for a powerful lesson!

Looking forward to hearing  what you find.

“Enjoy Healthy!”
Michele Risa
Beyond Body Mind Spirit NYC

4 Responses to My Dog

  • Michele,

    Yes yes yes! That is why most of my animal communication work is focused on “the person” and not as often on their animal friend, because they are perfect mirrors for how we are feeling.

    I have a newer dog myself, quite different than the 3 Shelties I have had before. When I get frustrated with her, I look into those loving eyes and say..”Hi God! Hi God… living as my beautiful dog Cedar. I know you are speaking to me and I am working at listening!! Thank you for your love and patience!!”

  • Love it! I’m forwarding this to my dog loving friends. Thanks for spreading the peace. :)

  • I will certainly take an example from the dogs from now on.
    It was good reading what was written, I was feeling down and it really made me think, and to change my attitude about everything

    Thanks for your thoughts about your dog.

  • So true! Our dogs (and other animals, too) are wonderful spiritual teachers. Even if most of us can’t hear them directly (yet), they mirror back at us many of our “issues” in life, and if we just take a few moments of one-on-one time with them and really focus on them, we very quickly establish a deeper connection that can lead to us receiving more direct messages, be it as thoughts, feelings, images, or “knowings.”

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