Do You Know Who You Are Living With?
By Miranda Alcott, MA-CHH
Probably one of the most advanced personal healthcare givers we have today is living right in our homes. But how aware are we of the impact of their counseling skills, healing insights, ‘placebo effects’ and diversionary tactics in our daily lives?
Whisper, a Golden/Labrador Service Dog chose a second career in 1998 becoming a Crisis Intervention Canine (CIC). She received a letter of recommendation for her work at The World Trade center after 9/11. A Ground Zero Chaplain wrote, “In the morgue environment, scratching a dog’s head and giving her (Whisper) a hug, was refreshing and soothing—a welcome relief to the necessary work being done.”
More and more crisis response teams are using canines to work alongside their human partners to do just that, aid in crisis. A canine wishing to be come a CIC must also pass stringent tests in physical, emotional and mental stressors, all of which can occur during a response. One of the crisis counselors in New York described CICs as being, “Therapists with a lot of fur.”
Many people living in Katrina’s path who had pets, took life or death stands to stay behind because they felt so strongly about the daily emotional support and love they receive from their animals.
Through research into subatomic particles, in cells within our bodies, science is discovering that everything is composed of the same energies and that what we do affects how energy materializes–everywhere. The exciting news that has come through wonderful sources like Lynn McTaggart’s The Field and Dr. Emoto’s Messages in Water, is that we can directly affect our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health by simply changing our thoughts.
So about those patient furry creatures in our homes? Animals are naturally attuned to their surroundings as well as our personal quirks and needs. The distractions they give us when we are self-absorbed, the play they involve us in when we are depressed, the energy they create for us on an ongoing basis, all contribute to balancing our stressors. They provide a well-orchestrated ‘support’ for us each day. Doesn’t it
make sense then to follow an animal’s lead as to how to de-stress?
In the current atmosphere of the national challenges we are facing and the 5th anniversary of 9/11, take a moment to ‘listen’ to what your very own live-in health practitioner has to share with you about your stress. Your animal knows who they are living with, do we?