Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Pets

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Our domesticated animal companions are pretty amazing, aren’t they?

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Dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, mice, fish, birds, lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles…doesn’t matter.  These magnificent creatures, and more they way they make us feel, are truly a wonder of this world.

Take cats for example.  Yes, they can be utterly aloof, take off at high speed to chase who-knows-what at the drop of a hat, and utterly ignore you except when you are trying to sleep or they are hungry.  And of course, cats will always let you know that THEY are in charge, you will love them at THEIR convenience, and you are the thumb-monkey who opens that can of food (which they would TOTALLY do themselves if they had opposable thumbs!)

But when you are lying on the couch, feeling sick, or sad, or blue, they seem to know when to curl up on your chest, hunker down, and start purring.  They brush against your palm to get your attention, or they toss a toy on your direction.  There is nothing quite like a cat desiring your affection to lower the blood pressure and make you feel good when you have been feeling bad.

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Then there are dogs.  I personally prefer my dog in the range of 30 – 60 pounds, but even tiny little yappers and monstrous fluffballs can put a smile on my face.  There is nothing like that wagging tale, that whimper of recognition and happiness when they see you to bring about a warmed heart.

Dogs around the size I like are generally huge walkers.  And walking is pretty much always good exercise for us humans.  The joy most dogs show as they strut ahead of you on their leash is so playful to behold, it’s really pretty cool.  And dogs just love so unconditionally.  Nothing quite like a dog to make you feel better on a bad day.

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Now fish are a different matter.  Fish are not cuddly, not interactive with you.  But there is something mesmerizing about staring at a tank of fish, swimming around with all the colors of their scales, and the way they dive and rise again.  And watching fish eat flakes poured into their tank can be downright comical.  There is value in these companions, and they can brighten an otherwise cheerless room rather remarkably.

Interaction with other animals will of course vary.  Birds can sometimes talk, repeating simple terms and phrases in their amusingly pitched voices.  A chinchilla bathing in volcanic ash is a surprising sight to behold.  Watching a mouse on a treadmill can be pretty funny.  Snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs climbing and jumping about things can keep your mind distracted from troubles for a surprisingly long time.

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No matter the size or type of creature one chooses for an animal companion, despite the obligations of their care and feeding, they bring about love and joy and wonder in your life that is otherwise missing.   The animals we have over the centuries domesticated to be dependent upon us turn those tables on us frequently, and are a true wonder of this world.

Do you have any animal companions in your life?

Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, author of “Wednesday’s Wondrous World”.  Every week I share a wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

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The Saturday Post: Get Out of the Way!

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There’s a joke out there among pet owners which goes something like this, “My cat/dog is secretly trying to kill me, especially at the top of the stairs.”  Why is this?  I have a few dogs and cats myself and I can attest that this does indeed seem to be true.

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No mater where you try to walk around an animal, they almost always take the same path of your feet thusly causing the person to do some sort of strange dance in efforts not to crush the little animal.

For a long time I had wondered, “Why can’t they just get out of the way?!” Then I really started to think about it. How do they know where we’re going almost all the time? It’s not like they have a mathematical equation of the average trajectory of the human path. How could they possibly know where I’m going?

Thinking about this process really stumped me for a while. There has to be some sort of energy they’re picking up on, or a projection. That’s it, a projection! Most of us have been walking long enough that we don’t have to consciously think about it anymore. We just do it. But that doesn’t mean the process isn’t still going on, it’s just happening in the subconscious.

Our brain has this handy habit of taking tasks we have repeated so many times and sticking them in the hands of the subconscious. It’s estimated that 95% percent of our brain power is dedicated to just the subconscious. So this super computer jammed into our heads is constantly running on auto pilot, leaving the remaining 5% to or conscious mind who decides what we want to wear, eat for lunch, and what to be in the world.

What does this all have to do with tripping over your cat while your half asleep?  It’s my theory, that when you’re going about your normal auto pilot tasks the subconscious is sending out huge energy waves of what it’s desiring.

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This could be as simple as walking across the room or as complicated as wanting to be the world’s most talented kazoo player.

Either way, we’re all projecting where we want to go in life and those little companion animals want to go with us.

They’re SO good at being in alignment with what they desire that it may actually put them right under our feet because they want to be with us every step of the way.

I don’t really think they have any intention of being crushed but most of us consciously don’t have any intention of attracting “bad” experiences into our lives and then we do.  We can use these precious companions to teach us a lesson about our true power.  Watch where your walking, quite literally and mentally.  Watch your self talk, it will become an auto pilot response sooner or later.  Watch your desires, they will start to follow you.  Watch your relationships with others, they will start to repeat.

It’s no wonder that a lot of us have made the habit of getting under our own feet so very often when all we want to do is walk smoothly from one experience to the next. It would be a great self service to take a long hard look at our self programming and get out of our own way.

Namaste

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The Saturday Post: Jamie Mortinson, self proclaimed renaissance women extraordinaire, tackles life with the same fortitude as her handicapped house duck.  Together they fly through the realms of spirituality and self expression in almost every way possible.  From organic gardening and duck farming to painting and crochet, no part of life’s “creation-fest” is off limits.  Interior design, wild edible foods, reading, writing, cooking, self-sufficiency, photography, meditation, yoga and a general love of life encompass nearly all of her time.  Those moments not promised to her passions are extended to her husband, and their celestial children: a dog, two cats, and lots of ducks and chickens.  She resides in Wisconsin but her home is the world and all the people in it are her family.

Jamie is the Saturday Post girl, delivering you news/updates/and thoughts on spiritually via YouTube and the blogging world.