Becoming Open To New Possibilities: A Special Bond With A Dog

Becoming Open To New Possibilities: A Special Bond With A Dog
Many have experienced the depth of feeling that can develop between us and our four-legged best friends. What makes my story unique is that my search for a lasting and meaningful connection led me down a path that crossed over the boundaries of reason and concrete reality into the realm of the invisible. My dog Brio inspired me--a born skeptic--to investigate the paranormal.

How Craigslist Cuts Solid Waste, One Used Sofa At A Time

How Craigslist Cuts Solid Waste, One Used Sofa At A Time
The average American generates about 1,500 pounds of garbage annually, and then spends lots of tax dollars disposing of it. Even as recycling has taken off across the country in recent decades, the volume of all this trash has kept growing – albeit at a slower pace.

The Importance of Natural Light and The Harmful Potential of Artificial Light

The Importance of Natural Light and The Harmful Potential of Artificial Light
For eons, human beings have lived in harmony with the light of the sun. But only in the last hundred years or so, since its introduction, have we become rather well adapted to artificial lighting. The advent of artificial lighting liberated us from our dependence on daylight for the accomplishment of most activities, and in so doing it has fundamentally transformed human life.

Vertical Farming Sounds Fantastic Until You Consider Its Energy Use

Vertical Farming Sounds Fantastic Until You Consider Its Energy Use
A company in Scotland has unveiled what it claims is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. Intelligent Growth Solutions’ vertical farm uses artificial intelligence and specially designed power and communication technologies. The firm says this reduces energy costs by 50% and labour costs by 80%...

6 Steps To Make Your Room Feel Like Home While On A Budget

6 Steps To Make Your Room Feel Like Home While On A Budget
With the prospect of home ownership a distant dream for the majority of millennials, many young people opt to rent a room in a shared flat or student accommodation. While tenancies can be short, research shows that a poor home environment can very quickly become a source of stress.

How Green Spaces Help Combat Loneliness

How Green Spaces Help Combat Loneliness
Urban green spaces – including parks, woodlands, riverbanks, and gardens – are an essential part of a web of physical and mental well-being. They provide spaces to socialise and opportunities to connect with the natural world. They are restorative enclaves in stressful cities.

Animals Teach Us Spirituality and Heighten Our Capacity for Love and Joy

Animals Teach Us Spirituality and Heighten Our Capacity To Love and To Experience Joy
That animals touch us in a deep, central place is not a modern-day phenomenon, but one that pervades the history of the human-animal relationship. We sense that we can benefit spiritually in our relationship with animals, and we are right. They offer us something fundamental: a direct and immediate sense of both the joy and wonder of creation.

Spiders Scare Me, But I Also Find Them Fascinating

Spiders Scare Me, But I Also Find Them FascinatingEight schools in London have closed this month because of an infestation of spiders. The schools reported that they were concerned for the children’s well-being so they sent their pupils home – in one case for a whole month.

How Capitalism Ruined Our Relationship With Bacteria

How Capitalism Ruined Our Relationship With Bacteria

There are many rational reasons that motivate consumers to spend US$65 billion annually on household cleaning products. But non-rational mechanisms are nevertheless still at work in the cleaning products market, as in all others.

How We Are Healed by Nature and Even Houseplants

How We Are Healed by Nature and Even Houseplants
Green growing things heal us in surprising ways. Communities are trying to bring plant life to areas that lack it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, exposure to nature can significantly reduce stress. People’s mental health is markedly better in urban areas with more green space.

Vegan Dogs? Should They Go Meat Free?

Vegan Dogs? Should They Go Meat Free?

Over the last ten years, it’s estimated there has been a 360% rise in veganism in Britain – around 542,000 people have “gone vegan”. As a nation of animal lovers, with around 44% of homes owning a pet – and somewhere in the region of 8.5m dogs in the UK – it’s only natural this phenomenon should start to spill over into the pet food world.

How Dolphins Learn To Work Together For Rewards

How Dolphins Learn To Work Together For Rewards
Cooperation can be found across the animal kingdom, in behaviors such as group hunting, raising of young, and driving away predators. But are these cooperating animals actively coordinating their behaviur, or are they simply acting individually to accomplish the same task at the same time?

Using Basic Feng Shui for Your Health, Prosperity, and Happiness

Using Basic Feng Shui for Your Health, Prosperity, and Happiness
Our Western habitats present us with a very different scenario than that of the original Feng Shui practitioners. Many structures are located on land that the ancient practitioners would never have chosen, and often the structure’s shape and detailing break every classic Feng Shui rule.

Wasps, Aphids And Ants And The Other Honey Makers

Wasps, Aphids And Ants And The Other Honey Makers
There are seven species of Apis honey bee in the world, all of them native to Asia, Europe and Africa. Apis mellifera, the western honey bee, is the species recognised globally as “the honey bee”. But it’s not the only insect that makes honey. Many other bee, ant and wasp species make and store honey. Many of these insects have been used as a natural sugar source for centuries by indigenous cultures around the world.

Do Butterflies Remember Being Caterpillars?

Do Butterflies Remember Being Caterpillars?It is highly unlikely that a butterfly or moth remembers being a caterpillar. However, it may well remember some experiences it learned as a caterpillar.

That fact in itself is especially amazing because inside the pupa (or chrysalis), the caterpillar actually turns to liquid as it transforms into a butterfly or moth (the adult stage).

Why You Can Smell Rain

Why You Can Smell Rain
When those first fat drops of summer rain fall to the hot, dry ground, have you ever noticed a distinctive odor? I have childhood memories of family members who were farmers describing how they could always “smell rain” right before a storm. Of course rain itself...

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

If you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community, now admits that dogs have emotions – even if scientists can’t directly measure what they are experiencing.

People have had a close bond with domesticated dogs for centuries. In his 1764 Dictionnaire philosophique, Voltaire observed: “It seems that nature has given the dog to man for his defence and for his pleasure. Of all the animals it is the most faithful: it is the best friend man can have.”

Are They Watching You? Bees And Wasps Can Recognize Your Face

Are They Watching You? Bees And Wasps Can Recognize Your FaceRecognizing faces is essential for how we interact in complex societies, and is often thought to be an ability that requires the sophistication of the large human brain. But new evidence we published in Frontiers in Psychology shows that insects such as the honeybee (Apis mellifera) and the European wasp (Vespula vulgaris) use visual processing mechanisms that are similar to humans’, which enables reliable face recognition.

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?But it seems that 40% of dogs in Australia are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese.

How Farms Can Help Improve The Lives Of Disadvantaged Young People

How Farms Can Help Improve The Lives Of Disadvantaged Young People
A couple of years ago, I met Adam (not his real name) at a farm in Dorset. Adam was 14 and had been excluded from mainstream education due to behavioural difficulties and a disruptive home life. The farm where I met him is not a normal farm, but a social one, where the therapeutic use of farming practices and animal assisted therapy is used...

Thousands Of Years Ago, American Dogs Mysteriously Vanished

Thousands Of Years Ago, American Dogs Mysteriously Vanished
Dogs’ ancestors in the Americas likely came from Siberia, according to a new study. The study also suggests that these early dog populations almost totally disappeared, but left future generations a cancerous tumor that is still found in their canine descendants today.

The Best Time To Water Your Plants During A Heatwave

The Best Time To Water Your Plants During A Heatwave
When the warmer weather strikes, our gardens and outdoor spaces become a perfect oasis for rest and relaxation. But as nice as the hot weather might be, extreme conditions and record-breaking temperatures can wreak havoc on your plants.

Animals As Teachers: Teaching by Example and Love

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Life surrounds us with teachers, if we are but willing to learn. Actually, everyone and everything in our life is our teacher -- they teach by example of something we'd like to attain or something we'd like to abandon. One of my greatest teachers has been my dog, Angel.

A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion

A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion
Over the years, I’ve seen and felt consistent messages flow from the animals I’ve loved and the thousands of animals I’ve been honored to work with that, when embraced by their humans as truth, have made a positive, life-changing difference in both of their lives. If your animal could write you a love letter, I think it would look something like this...

Animal Pain Is About Communication, Not Just Feeling

Animal Pain Is About Communication, Not Just Feeling
If you watch kids at a local playground, sooner or later one of them will run around and fall face-first to the ground. For a moment, there’s likely to be silence. Then the child will look around, catch a glimpse of their parent, and finally burst into a deafening wail.

Dog Wisdom: Live Now, Love Now

Dog Wisdom: Live Now, Love Now
I had the privilege of meeting and communicating with Gable over time, and assisting Jennifer and Gable with their end-of-life conversations and decisions. Gable’s strength, wisdom, and inspiration continue to unfold for Jennifer and for all who knew and loved him. Their relationship continues, even though his body is gone. Here is their story.

Is Your Dog Happy? 10 Common Misconceptions About Dog Behavior

Is Your Dog Happy? 10 Common Misconceptions About Dog Behavior
It is difficult to refer to what dogs, as a collective, like and dislike and how they behave. Just as humans do, dogs all have their own personalities and learned preferences and so can differ dramatically in how they approach life and what they take from it.

Preparing Your Pet for Your New Baby: A Guide For New Parents

Preparing Your Pet for Your New Baby: A Guide For New Parents
It goes without saying that having a baby is a life changing event. Thankfully, there is a wealth of information about how best to raise this new tiny human. However, there is relatively little information on how to prepare four-legged family members for the new arrival.

How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us

How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us
The idea of work still tends to evoke particular images of manual and blue-collar jobs, but the realities of livelihoods have always been and continue to be much more diverse. Daily life for wild animals involves an elaborate and constant series of tasks and challenges.

The Language of Flowers for the New Prince

The Language of Flowers for the New Prince
While you may be familiar with your zodiac sign and maybe even the precious stone associated with the month of your birth, did you know that The Language of Flowers shares with us blossoms connected with not only the month, but also the day and even land of your birth?

Receiving Symbolic Messages From Your Animals

Receiving Symbolic Messages From Your Animals
Your animals are amazing hosts and mirrors through which incredible wisdom, inspiration, and answers to your questions can arrive in many ways, including through the genius of symbolism. When you open your mind and set your intention to receive symbolic messages from your animals, the universe will deliver the goods.

3 Steps To Get Rid Of Excess Baggage That Limits Us and Is Slowing Us Down

3 Steps To Get Rid Of Excess Baggage That Limits Us and Is Slowing Us Down
Surrounding ourselves with objects that we are not happy with, that are broken, out of date, or that we seldom use are simply taking up space. Excess baggage in the home has the potential to slow down our chi, limit our perspective of a new bright future and, to a certain degree, connect us more with our past than with our future.

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity
When it is done properly, organic growing methods can deliver two to three times the yield of conventional methods. Of course if you take two fields and plant each with a monocrop, then the one without pesticides will do worse than the one with, but that isn't really what organic farming is.

Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience

Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience
The definition of sentient is simply “able to perceive or feel things”. Today most of us would probably also say that animals are able to feel emotion, form attachments and have distinct personalities. Yet for many decades the idea of animals feeling emotions or having personalities was dismissed by behavioural scientists.

5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets

5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets
Love them or hate them, it is hard to get away from pets. And even if you don’t own one yourself, you are likely to come across them (or things they have left behind) regularly.

Using Feng Shui to Enhance The Harmony and Vitality of Your Home

Using Feng Shui to EnhanceThe Harmony and Vitality of Your Home
Feng Shui focuses on enhancing the harmony and vitality of your environment. Surrounding yourself with things that lift your spirits and deepen your love for life is a primary goal. Surround yourself with only those items that pass the "I love this!" test. Ch'i is always enhanced by your joy, inspiration, and creativity.

Is It Possible To Live Off-Grid?

Is It Possible To Live Off-Grid?
As interest grows in self-sufficient, sustainable communities, and fears over Europe’s reliance on gas imports increase, more and more people are considering moving “off-grid”.

The Day I Discovered My Cat Could Talk

The Day I Discovered My Cat Can Talk
I was as skeptical when I loaded Rodney, my cat, into his carrier to take him down to the holistic veterinary clinic where a psychic was seeing animals. I was having some problems with Rodney that my regular vet couldn't help, and I figured, why not give the psychic a shot? I had found a human being who could talk to a cat...

Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Relative Or Friend

Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Relative Or Friend
When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.” However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Animals, Even Ferrets, Are Natural Healers

Animals, Even Ferrets, Are Natural Healers
Animals seem to be natural healers. In the Healing Power of Pets, Dr. Marty Becker explores many health benefits of having animal companionship. He cites studies showing that people who have animal companions also tend to have lower blood pressure, less stress...

Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence Of 'Sacred' Rituals

Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence Of 'Sacred' Rituals
I trampled clumsily through the dense undergrowth, attempting in vain to go a full five minutes without getting snarled in the thorns that threatened my every move. It was my first field mission in the savannahs of the Republic of Guinea. The aim was to record and understand a group of wild chimpanzees who had never been studied before.

Most Shoppers Go To 6 Grocery Stores

Most Shoppers Go To 6 Grocery Stores
Most shoppers—a whopping 83 percent—regularly visit between four and nine chain stores within a year to purchase groceries, a new study shows.

Swedish Death Cleaning: How To Declutter Your Home And Life

Swedish Death Cleaning: How To Declutter Your Home And Life
There has been a trend in recent years, both in literature and in life, for Scandinavian concepts that are encapsulated in a single word. Now, the new buzzword on the block is “dostadning” – a hybrid of the Swedish words “death” and “cleaning”.

5 Reasons You Should Wear Gardening Gloves

5 Reasons You Should Wear Gardening GlovesGardening is a great way to relax, be one with nature and get your hands dirty. But lurking in that pleasant environment are some nasty bacteria and fungi, with the potential to cause you serious harm. So we need to be vigilant with gardening gloves and other protective wear.

Why Am I, An Animal Communicator, Not Vegetarian?

Why Some Animal Communicators Are Not Vegetarians
Ironically, for me, becoming an animal communicator coincided with shifting away from my previous vegan lifestyle. I have had my own deep journey with this question, and perhaps the understandings I have reached with the help of the animals may be helpful for others who are struggling with this issue.

Why Chocolate Can Be Your Dog's Worst Nightmare

dogs and chocolate 5 23There is a significant increase in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the festive period, our latest study reveals. Chocolate contains a caffeine-like chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs (and cats) because they cannot metabolise it as quickly as humans do.

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are Smarter

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are SmarterDogs have significantly more neurons in their cerebral cortex—”little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning, and complex behavior considered hallmarks of intelligence—than cats, researchers report.

How To Know When Telepathic Animal Communication Is Real

How To Know When Telepathic Animal Communication Real?
It’s vitally important to learn to differentiate between our own human ideas and thoughts and telepathic communication which comes directly from the animal. This kind of differentiation requires practice and experience; however, there are some...

Your Home Is Your Ally on Your Spiritual Path

Is Your Home Your Ally? by Denise LinnYour home can be your greatest ally in helping you to achieve your potential. This is true because your home is not only a reflection of you, but in its deepest sense, it also has the power to mold you and shape your future. When you implement changes in your home, you will notice that often your life is...

How To Organize Your Bedroom Into An Oasis of Serenity and Simplicity

How To Organize Your Bedroom Into An Oasis of Serenity and SimplicityYour bedroom should be a sanctuary of simplicity, offering an empty space for you to pour out the struggles of your day and recharge. When you enter this simple sanctuary, you will feel relief, safety, and a love for every color, image, and object you see. This is your cozy space to nuzzle into when life is being a demanding shrew.

Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care Less

Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care LessThe recent popularity of “designer” dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past.

Subtle Psychological Ways Color Affects Us

Subtle Psychological Ways Color Affects UsA great deal has been written over the years about the effects of color on human psychology, and this has been carried into the popular imagination in various ways, from guidelines on how to decorate your house to ensure a calm and peaceful space, to how to attract a partner, or even win at sport.

When Man's Best Friend Feels More Hate Than Love For An Owner

When Man's Best Friend Feels More Hate Than Love For An OwnerEveryone thinks that dogs worship their owners – viewing them as gods of some sort. While that may be true in the majority of cases, it isn’t always so. As a veterinarian, I can confirm that sometimes, no matter what, a dog and his person just aren’t going to get along.

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