Meditating with Animals
How to Create More Conscious Connections with the Healers and Teachers Among Us
by Pamela Robins
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
Now more than ever, people are needing to connect with nature and animals. The beauty of this book, Meditating with Animals (Cold Canyon Press), is that once read, an awareness is opened up and a shift in perception happens, creating lasting benefits for both the reader and their animal companion(s).
Meditating with Animals™ and The Animal Method™ (described in the book) are a movement in health, healing, and wellness for all!
This is an 8 1/2 x 11 full colour, beautifully designed story book filled with animal photos and tales as well as fun meditations such as “The Awesome Meditation,” “The Let Go and Let Them Meditation,” “The Walk on the Wild Side Meditation,” and the “Everything but the Kitchen Sink Meditation.”
The idea being that anything we do in the present moment is a meditation, making them accessible to everyone—including children!
These meditations will allow you to effortlessly create deeper, more nurturing, and healing connections with your animal companions that benefit your health and well-being equally by creating a consistent reciprocal exchange of loving energy.
Our animals show us unconditional love in its purest form. They are our most loyal companions, constantly navigating our energy to support our needs. This is something Pamela Robins experienced on a profound level when she was faced with a relentless series of major life challenges, including the death of her mother, her own cancer diagnosis, temporary loss of her voice from a paralyzed vocal cord, a divorce, and letting go of her home, businesses, and identity—her life as she knew it—in order to find herself.
Her animals were instrumental in getting her through it all. Recognizing how hard they were working to comfort and heal her, Pamela worried their efforts could be depleting them of their own health and vitality. When she was strong again, she wanted to return to them the extraordinary gifts they had given her.
And so it was that The Animal Method was born—a practice graciously given to Pamela by her beloved animal companions that is based on the idea of consciously recycling positive, healing energy between humans and animals. It involves mindfully observing and learning from your animal, taking cues from their natural state of being, and applying that wisdom to your own way of being.
Within the seven steps that make up the chapters of the book, Pamela shares with you how to discover the reasons to be in awe of your animal (Step 1), how to notice what your animal is sensing and use your own senses likewise (Step 2), how to go more fully into the present moment with them (Step 3), how to discover and explore the possibilities for meditating with your animals (Step 4), how to see that you can nurture your animal and yourself when you allow yourself to slow down (Step 5), how to give and receive unconditional love (Step 6), and finally, how to learn to stay in stillness with your animal in order to have more meaningful connections with them (Step 7). The chapters provide meditation exercises specially designed to help you achieve each step: Awe, Notice, In the Moment, Meditate, Allow, Love, and Stay.
Meditating with Animals was written with the hope of helping you see more clearly the teacher, the healer, the magical being who is right there at your feet—and the one also within you.
Here is a sample meditation from the chapter “In the Moment—being fully present with your animal.”
The Let Go & Let Them Meditation
This is a simple but powerful meditation. It is about being open to letting go of your preoccupations and letting our animals take us on a trip into their world. They want us to come in, they really do. And it’s a beautiful place to visit.
The best way to begin this meditation is to simply go about your normal routine, but do so while being mindful of any attempts your animal makes to engage with you. If they attempt to open up a line of communication with you through any kind of gesture (and because they don’t have hands, they can get quite creative!), be it a look or stare, a bark (meow, neigh, chirp, etc.) a nose nuzzle, a tap of a paw, or their body leaning on you, do the following:
- Become aware of how your animal is choosing to communicate with you.
- Slow down and stop what you are doing.
- Think of your animal’s actions as if it were a human friend talking to you.
- Let go (of your own agenda) and let the animal speak to you, not just through their voice but also through their eyes and their body language.
- What are they saying? Be a good listener.
- Figure out what they are trying to tell you, what they need in that moment. Take your time as you try to solve their problem. It could be that they just want love and affection or to be with you playfully or quietly. Maybe they want you to feed them or pet them or take them outside. Take the time to understand and relax into their agenda.
- Be in the present moment and enjoy it fully, knowing you are compassionate and caring by supporting the needs of your friend.
Having an awareness of even the tiniest of attempts of communication from your animal can have a great effect on both of you. Opening ourselves up more and more to recognize their bids at communicating with us can create endless possibilities of speaking a beautiful and unique language that exists only between the two of you.
Meditating with Animals is available for purchase on Amazon, or if you would like an author signed copy, you can go directly to www.meditatingwithanimals.com. Pamela Robins lives in California and is available for teaching and speaking engagements at her private ranch with her horse Tuxedo or at your schools, animal rescues, animal-related fundraisers, treatment centres, transformational festivals, corporate groups, and individual sessions.