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The Incredible Dog Behind World Animal Reiki Day

“In their innocence and wisdom, in their connection to the earth and its most ancient rhythms, animals show us a way back to a home they have never left.” ― Susan Chernak McElroy I created World Animal Reiki Day (WARD) in 2016 as a way for animal lovers and the…
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dakota the brown and white dog

A Week’s Worth of WARD Celebrations!

If you believe animals are teachers and healers in your life, and you want to celebrate all they bring to your life, we’d love you to celebrate World Animal Reiki Day with celebrations all week next week! SARA members are hosting wonderful online events and I hope you can join…
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A Special World Animal Reiki Day Gift for You!

Animals are wise and sentient spiritual beings who deserve our respect and kindness. This is a message at the foundation of all the Let Animals Lead® method teachings. This sentiment also inspired me to create (in 2016) World Animal Reiki Day: an annual, shared and worldwide event and celebration to…
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Distracting Thoughts and Animal Reiki Meditation

I often hear from students the question, “When will my distracting thoughts go away during meditation?” Several years ago I heard a well-known Rinpoche answer this same question. He said, “When you are dead. When you die, all your thoughts will stop. Therefore you should be thankful that you have…
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Starting the New Year with Peace, Love and Animal Reiki

So excited you’re here with me today as we begin 2021! Let’s make it the best year yet for our dear animal friends 🙂 This month is my very special Animal Reiki Talk to help start this New Year with Peace, Love and Animal Reiki! Won’t you join me?
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a dog jumping across a cliff from 2020 to 2021

Happy New Year 2021!

This week begins a new year, with many new possibilities! Reflecting on 2020, I am so grateful for all my students and our Let Animals Lead® community for holding the light through these challenging times!
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vincent the dog curled up sleeping

It Was a Christmas Like No Other

I love this photo of Vincent all curled up for a long Winter’s nap. I think it’s a great metaphor for how many of us feel about the long-lasting effects of the pandemic: maybe we can just go to sleep and wake up when it’s over?? 🙂 Last week was…
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a little girl meditating with baby ducklings

6 Types of Meditation that Animal Reiki Teaches

“Meditation is thus a form of centering, which involves our disengagement from the machine of our mind and our resting in the heart.” — Georg Feuerstein The benefits of meditation on our health and wellness are many! Science shows that meditation can help us increase our self-awareness and decrease stress.…
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The Power of Patience to Heal

I hope you all had a safe and simple Thanksgiving celebration last week. We had a wonderful, small vegan feast and visited on Zoom with extended family. It was great to see everyone, and I definitely chose to focus on the many things in my life I am grateful for.…
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