Practicing gratitude is such a remarkable thing to do, Iâ€™ve made it a lifelong process. Itâ€™s one of the first steps in communicating with animals.
Did you know that what you focus on expands?
It’s true. Your body, mind and spirit are like a computer. Similar to when you search for something on Google, it uses your focus to determine what you want more of.
It doesnâ€™t judge or determine right or wrong; it doesnâ€™t decide if this is a â€˜goodâ€™ focus or â€˜badâ€™ one. It just checks to see what youâ€™re looking at and gives you more of that by crowding out all the rest.
It follows your thoughts which are further reinforced by the emotional energy you give your focus. Thatâ€™s it. And by the way, it tends to ignore the weaker energies of wishing, hoping and negatives (like donâ€™t, shouldnâ€™t, or no).
If you focus on your problems, your bodymind and spirit understand that this is what’s important to you. Because that’s what you are spending so much effort, energy and time dwelling on, it must be true. So your bodymind naturally believes that you obviously want more of that, and is happy to oblige by giving you more problems.
If you focus on what you want instead, then that’s what your bodymind enhances for you. That’s true of your relationships, your work, your healthâ€¦
And itâ€™s especially true of working with your animals.
When you focus on whatâ€™s not working or what is upsetting to you about their behavior or health issue, they feel your focus, see what you are holding in your mindâ€™s eye, and pick up the strong emotions. Then they get to interpret the communication for meaning, based on their viewpoint, experience and history. The part about â€˜I really wish you wouldnâ€™t do thatâ€™ gets lost.
If you focus on wishing your dog wouldnâ€™t get on the couch, then what they hear is all about â€œbeing on the couchâ€. And they usually feel some excitement about that because youâ€™re excited energetically.
If you focus on your horse being so heavy in your hands, they get that you must like that because you are focusing so much on it. So they keep doing it, maybe even more than before.
If you focus on your catâ€™s scratching the furniture, then they see the images you keep sending them. And will be happy to do it again.
So what can you do to correct these and other problems?
Try focusing on what you DO want them to do. Feel how wonderful it would be if they did that (gratitude) and image the great rewards theyâ€™d get if they did that instead.
Many times bad behavior or performance is simply a matter of misunderstanding your focus. Itâ€™s all a matter of intention, perspective and communication, followed by gratitude.
Iâ€™m grateful for author, Laura Rudacille this week on The Real Dr Doolittle Show. She had a wonderful experience researching the Chincoteague Ponies for one of her novels. These amazing ponies were a significant part of my discovery of horses when I was a youngster. I know youâ€™ll be inspired by his message and stories too.
With appreciation for you and your furrkids,
What lies before us & what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. -Henry David Thoreau