The healing power of touch can’t be disputed. Calming, relaxing, nurturing, we all need it. And when it comes to animals there’s little doubt how much comfort they provide.
Since my mum has been in the care facility she’s lost many of her senses. I go in whenever I can, I hold her hand, stroke her hair and kiss her forehead. She always loved animals so yesterday when I found out that Animals on the Move were coming in for the afternoon I wanted to go in and make sure she was part of it.
Just touching the softness of the rabbits seemed to make a difference. She has no words now so she couldn’t tell me but I sensed by her smile and contented look she understood. It didn’t last long but it was a small moment of joy. And I cherish these moments.
There’s something about being around animals that grounds us. Maybe it’s because they have no expectations, they love unconditionally and give themselves so freely.
This is Woody the duck. Amy the carer told me that Woody has deformed feet and runs slower than the other ducks. Because of that he’s picked on by the others, but she says he’s resilient. It seems even in the animal world there’s struggles.
Harry’s our stress reliever. Ten years ago we adopted him from a shelter. For me patting him, walking him and talking to him keeps me sane. Stroking him at times becomes a form of meditation. He does nothing and yet he gives so much love by his sheer presence.
Likewise our horse Merlin who gives us (and in particular our daughter) endless joy.
The greatest healing therapy is love. Love given freely by us, family and the love that comes from animals, who may not have the words to express it, just as mum doesn’t have anymore, but can feel it and communicate it through expressions and actions.
Something to care for and love makes us all appreciate the small (and big) things in life.
So hug an animal today. There are so many benefits. It lowers the blood pressure, protects the immune system, releases the happy hormone Oxytocin, calms and keeps the feel good vibes flowing. Take it from the experts in the animal kingdom.
And if you don’t have an animal, go hug a human. It’s even better.
Wishing you peace and love as you continue the journey. Hugs to you all.