Mirror, mirror on the...dog?
When I took my senior Basenji mix, Jaya, outside for a walk on this cold, January morning like we do every day, she was "off." Pulling, zig-zagging, ignoring me, hyper-vigilant, etc. My well-trained older gal was acting like she was new here and had no idea what a leash was. Back in the house, she started pacing, like she had when I first adopted her 7 years ago. I had forgotten how she paced and didn't know how to exist in a house!
She ended up going to work with me as usual while I did some pet sitting and energy healing appointments. She always loves going around with me, and although she was eager to go, she still seemed stressed out. She panted a little in the car and showed concern over things outside the car window that she doesn't normally care about.
By the end of the day, exasperated and confused by this 7-year regression, I said out loud, "Jaya, what is WRONG with you, today??" It didn't take me long to answer that question, however, as I did a quick self-analysis of my own thoughts and feelings that day. It is an automatic part of my personality to be introspective and has been a cornerstone on how I guide pet owners to improve their lives with their furry companions.
Once I addressed my own energy and thought patterns, I was able to take steps to rebalance myself and then Jaya. We took another walk, did a combination of Reiki/IET energy healing, and made a fresh batch of flower essences. Later that evening, we listened to a meditation and got a good night's sleep. Please know that you do not have to be an energy healer in order to heal yourself from these common moments of instability. However one chooses to regroup and rebalance will benefit you and your animal.
The next day, Jaya was back to her usual, calm and balanced self. And, what do you know, so was I.
Aside from the scholastic repercussions of this period in history, what if the emotional outcome might be positive? What if, like other forms of adversity, we as adults make a conscious decision to use these circumstances to create more resilient children? And not just stronger kids who are better equipped to handle stress down the road in their lives. But more emotionally balanced and empathetic children? They can be stronger in the sense that they understand concepts that older generations have struggled to master—concepts like kindness, goodness, honesty, and integrity. That they understand the power of inclusion and embracing differences. We can create children who step onto the other side of this pandemic and the “Trump era” as mental-emotional leaders, ready to put their new skills into action to repair a world that has been shattered by greed, selfishness, and the lust for power.
To create this is to become conscious ourselves. Like everything else, we have to stop living in default, moving through our daily lives like we are on a mental treadmill. We can no longer embrace the same values and norms that have contributed to the breakdown of our psyches and cultural systems.
We must continue to wake up so that we can help our children to become more emotionally powerful than we had ever dreamed possible. They are ready and waiting to be guided. They are already taking the lead in some situations, and they need our support.
Whether or not you have kids yourself, are you willing to become a guide for our world’s Covid Children?
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