Animal therapists  

puntachueca 107M
2534 posts
7/16/2006 8:03 am

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Animal therapists


Got to thinking last night about why I seem to get along so well with animals, but not most people.

The communication with the animals is mostly empathic and telepathic with a good sense from just watching them and someone knowing what is being communicated.

animals, from my experience, are very clear and transparent. No hidden agendas.

People, on the other hand, are so buried in "mind" and "intellect" and subconscious problems words really don't communicate what people are really feeling. And their minds are so cluttered up it is hard to get a "read".

I am learning a practice called "deep listening" where you pay attention to your emotional feelings eminating from the other person, watch their facial gestures, hand and body movements, use of specific words...to try and get the common thread of what's going on.

The animals don't see all our extra brain power as being necessarily a good thing given how we use it.

Instead of spending money on therapists, we've got them all around us wanting to talk to us and heal us.

amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
7/16/2006 9:08 am

"Deep Listening" sounds like a very good idea. It is something we should all learn to do. Animal friends can be very thereputic. I know this from experience. They love you unconditionally, are always happy to see us, they sense when we are down, and just quietly lie beside us and offer us company. They are wonderful right now. All of my Animal friends got old so now I am without any. Sometimes I wish I had the comfort of a dog or a cat, most of the time I am thinking I don't want to go through the whole process again. Thankyou for the post. It made me think this morning. By the way, I haven't met at dog yet who didn't love me. Is that a good thing? I sure hope so.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."


puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 2:50 pm:
That
s the best part...the unconditional love.

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
7/16/2006 12:50 pm

Hmmmm ... and exactly how are women different from human beings, I mean, men?


puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 2:50 pm:
I dpn't read people...men or women....
this started with a crack from the cowboys about getting along better with horses than women.

readytolay_3
(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)
106F

7/16/2006 1:31 pm

They speak the language of the unspoken tongue as humans we did once...
...And so long ago we still knew how to listen and understand their tongue...All of life speaks it only the Humans have forgotten that song...Ready

Ready


puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 2:52 pm:
That's what I've been told by my Indian friends.

One of my favrote things, which was taught, is to sit down somewhere, get real calm, move very slowly, and watch what happens. The critters initially are fearful, then hesitant, then curious, the just go about their life as though I was a tree. Occasionally stopping by to say hello....really neat meditation.

BaronessK 53F

7/16/2006 2:38 pm

I've never met an animal in general that didn't like me {especially cats}...maybe because in person {except for those 'hyper' days} I am not particularly verbal.

Find yourself an 'empath'? There are some out there...but it is a huge mental drain on a person, to be that way. We tire, mentally, even if we physically have the strength to do all the day to day things.

Hope you day is a good one -- and perspective could make it a good one, regardless....


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 3:07 am:
Yes. Having that empathic side has been difficult because there is so much negativity and fear one can drown in it...and the energy it takes to try and barrier it is draining.

duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/16/2006 2:42 pm

We have three dogs. My daughter communicates very well with them. She seems happiest when surrounded by them.

DustStormDiva


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 3:08 am:
I think kids all start out with a connecticity..then over time it is lost or driven out. It is a good thing to have it.

RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
7/16/2006 7:03 pm

Always did like critters better than humans. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 3:09 am:
We are critters.

AndyUnique 70M

7/16/2006 10:38 pm

Experts say that about 80% of what we communicate is non-verbal. I used to practice Transcendental Meditation and can recall the instructor relating a story of how once he was in meditation in a cow pasture. When he came out of his restful state, the herd had gathered around him as if to see what he was doing there. He went on to say, "Don't worry if it happens to you. Animals will be drawn to you when in a transcendental state". I have to believe the philosophies of some Eastern religions lend themselves well to communing with nature. A Hindu believer would starve to death before killing an Animal for food.
Animal or Pet therapy has been used in our mental institution in Michigan. (With recent funding cuts it may have been eliminated) Some of the comsumers in the mental health system have told me that they miss the opportunity to tend a garden and raise Animals. (more funding cuts and deinstutionalization) Everything now is geared to medication.


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 3:13 am:
Sad state of things. Originally we just locked everyone us and threw away the key...now we're just drugging everyone and throwing away the key. I've worked with ADD kids...and a lot of them just have faster processing speeds than the "norm" and are actually extremely gifted....but problematic in that they get bored real fast.

Same issues around here, and some of the programs have asked for volunteers to bring cats and dogs in to share, and some of the racnhers invite people over for horse encounters. There are ways around the bean counters.

tracy_de_lacy 106F
9268 posts
7/17/2006 1:23 am

I would love to find out more about this 'deep listening' can you tell me where to start looking? I already watch peoples body language while I talk to them, this gives a lot away.

Bye everyone, it was a blast


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 3:22 am:
I sent you some links via email.

RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
7/17/2006 3:09 pm

No we're not critters , Punt. We're humans. Don't insult critters that way. Humans are the only creature going that kills for fun. Don't have a lot of regard for 'em personally. Critters, on the other hand, are just what they seem to be. They don't lie or cheat. I LIKE critters. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 8:19 pm:
Agreed.

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