horse_girlAnimals are an integral part of our lives. From that tiny, pesky ant at your picnic to the mightiest of whales in the ocean, they all play a valuable part in this world.

Many of us live with animals in our homes. We are responsible for their well-being, and — even if we don’t know it — they are responsible for ours.

Animal behavior is partly based on instincts, temperament, past experiences, emotions, nutrition, relationships and physical environment. In both people and animals, body and brain are connected. Whether their particular behavior is cute or troublesome to us, they have their reasons. Sounds a bit like us humans, doesn’t it. Yes — except that we need to remember that animals see the world differently than we do.

Most animals see, hear and feel way more intensely and in much more detail than us. From chemicals to emotions, animals are highly sensitive to their surroundings. When any member of the household is experiencing physical or emotional pain, our animals can be deeply affected.

Animals have huge capacities for healing. Their methods of comfort and healing are sometimes recognized and appreciated by us, but often they go unnoticed or may even trouble us. Most of us enjoy that nuzzle, snuggle and happy greeting. But do we appreciate what we perceive as more bothersome behavior, such as the tearing up of our possessions? Animals share the same feelings or simple emotions of people, without the burden of mixed emotions. They are direct and open, unconditional, straightforward and loyal like a child.

In return, let’s take a minute to look at the world from their perspective, so that we may give them the understanding, love and care that they deserve.

Melissa is a Reiki Master Teacher, Level 2 QiGong, Reconnective Healer and studies, teaches, and practices other healing modalities. Melissa's 40-acre ranch located on the outskirts of Becker, MN, provides confidence and healing to people through horses, dogs, and nature. In 2012, Melissa founded Nature's Divine, a Health and Wellness Center for Pets N their People, focusing on natural, organic, safe products and therapies, as well as some fun art and jewelry. A Minnesota licensed attorney turned healer, she still provides pet-friendly estate planning, and other legal services.

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