February can be a difficult month for people who love love. It is a time when commercialism heightens, reminding us to tend our hearts and show our love to another. It can be a time when relationships break up, gain momentum, solidify and remind those with broken hearts that they are alone. What of those of us who face this time when our animal family member is sick or dying or who has recently passed? It may cause a gamut of emotion.
When asked, "What do you do?" and reply that I provide Reiki energy healing for people and pets, pet celebrations of life and euthanasia and grief support, I'm often asked, "Why?" "Why would you do something like that?" It doesn't take long to find my answer. "It's a heart's calling." When one has experienced much heartbreaking pain in losing loved ones, be them human or animal, it was difficult not to process the grief without coming through the other side filled with compassion and empathy for those going through the same process, especially alone.
Why does anyone undertake a particular career? For as many people there are, there's as many answers but with a few commonalities such as personal satisfaction, skill sets, social position, deep interest, and the list goes on. But dealing with the softer and vulnerable side, the painful side, the suffering side of a living being, I suggest, requires something more. It requires 'heart'. Because for every person or animal who is touched by someone's heart, there is a deeper energetic exchange of emotion in some form. Compassion and empathy. When one is compassionate and empathetic, it's hard to walk away without offering kindness and a part of a healed heart. It is the pull of that once injured heart that says I can only imagine what you must be feeling or going though.
We live in a death-denying society. We don't like to think about dying or death, although when it comes, it is all too soon. Some say that animals have shorter lives to show us how to release and let go, that they have come to teach us how to live in the moment, with no hidden agendas. They don't manipulate nor conspire. They live to share their unconditional love. It is our job to honour them as a living creature who gives so much and asks for so little in return. So when our human in-capabilities show up when our animal family members are sick or transitioning, it is at that time when my heart's calling is at its strongest. To ease suffering for both animal and guardian is an honour . . . to hold that sacred space most gently and tenderly. And, most definitely, with deep compassion and empathy, and always from the heart. So this February, I won't be buying into the commercialism but living from a conscious place of sharing what I can, lovingly.
Sending you and yours many beautiful blessings this February.
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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