Loving Relationships with Pets Nurture the Inner Child, Affirm Spirit-Rich Mindset
By: Sherri L. McLendon
Most self-aware women know nurturing the inner child enables us to make important decisions in life and work from our higher, heart-centered selves. The animals in our lives provide an empowering relationship with this creative, enthusiastic part of our whole person.
Meaningful interaction with four-legged, furry companions offers us the grace and unconditional love our inner child needs, allowing us to access joy, to love and be loved, to give voice to our emotions, and to provide an antidote to burnout and frustration. When we talk and play with pets, we more easily transition into a nurturing relationship with ourselves, one in which we consciously stay present in the moment and lose ourselves in hapless fun.
Studies show having fun increases the ability to learn and to earn. However, at no previous time has there been so much information to learn, and so little time in which to learn it. Without “time away from time,” such as that spent with our beloved dog or cat, technology fatigue or sheer stress from work pressures can take over. When that happens, it becomes more difficult to silence the negative voices in our heads, and fear-based reactivity replaces our ability to respond fully from a place of empowerment.
The unique relationship between our pets and our self-nurturing selves reflects a shift in the way we spend and earn energetically. Today, my bobtailed “Mountain Manx,” Simone, keeps track of the balance sheet, meowing insistently when I oversleep, or reminds me of the schedule she and I keep. Did I forget to put out her food at the exact right moment? Did she bring me a lovely vole from the garden? Simone knows what’s going on in our world, and she reminds me she’s here to help.
When we overspend, our inner child does not get nurtured. When we work too hard and under-earn, we find ourselves in burn out. When we dwell in the past, sentimentality offers a nostalgic sand trap from which it’s difficult to extract ourselves. But, when we pay attention, when we make time to talk and play with our pets, we’re able to renew our outlook, refresh our perspective, release the past, individuate from our families, and make important, grounded decisions from our heart-and-soul-centered selves.
Here are four ways you can consciously nurture your inner child, and consequently up-level your spirit-rich mindset, thanks to your loving relationship with your pet.
Talk with your pet.
The loving way we speak to our pets is the way we need to speak to our inner child. When we consciously affirm and speak to our pets using the types of messages we wished to receive as a child, the positive emotions and insights will be returned to us immediately.
Dance and Play with Your Pet.
Free-spirited play brings joy to our pets and our lives. Doing so balances the energetic spend-and- earn equation, awakes stores of energy, increases enthusiasm, and activates problem-solving abilities.
Practice “Parenting” Our Inner Child
Pets, like our inner child, need appropriate boundaries and ways of communicating what they need. When we practice conscious discipline with our pets to keep them safe, we can use the same techniques to create a safe space for our inner child to live fully, expressively, and responsively as an active agent in our adult lives. Our love for our pets can mirror our love for ourselves.
Let your pet “help” at work.
In some spaces and places, incorporating pets into work routines is desirable. Doctors may allow their dog to greet patients to reduce stress and increase healing; a cat stretching in a sunny bookstore window invites readers to stretch out and dive into a new title; taking a mid-morning break from a computer to romp with a dog down by the river may cure writer’s block or fatigue; and friendly gerbils zipping about may ease a student’s fears about living away from home for the first time. Like our inner child, our pets love to help. Why not let them?
Sherri L. McLendon, is also known as Sherri Moneta after the ancient Roman money goddess. A recognized feminine business leader and “publicity fairy,” she integrates spirituality into money mindset and marketing strategy through expert coaching and consulting at Professional Moneta International, www.professionalmoneta.com.