Embrace Your Inner Tiger

by Val Heart

One day I happened to glance outside onto the shaded area of my patio deck and noticed my gray tabby cat, Tuffy Tiger, lying in a regal pose, front arms stretched out with her paws elegantly crossed in front of her. Her eyes were half shut, she was smiling a Mona Lisa smile, and I could see that she was vibrating with energy.

Fascinated, I watched as her energy seemed to grow until it connected with every living thing and object within at least 50 feet of where she was. The air around her seemed charged with life force and peace, humming with power.

Tuffy Tiger Cat

I asked her what she was doing, since it was obvious something remarkable was going on and she said: I am blessing my space, being one with everything and everyone from the trees to the earth to the birds to the insects to the wind…, sharing healing and balance, harmony and peace. This is how to connect and be one with life. If humans did this regularly, they would not be so sick. They could allow the richness of life, which surrounds us, to support, heal and nurture them.

Learning to be fully present and emotionally peaceful is a very fine goal in life. How does one achieve such a remarkable way of living and being?

To start, I’d suggest observing your animal teachers. Daily practice of being in the moment, doing nothing more than letting yourself truly feel all that’s around you, breathing in the richness and fullness of what is, until you find yourself effortlessly connecting with Source. See then what new understandings, insights and clarity you become aware of, and how differently you feel about yourself and your animals now.

Many companion animals choose to spend their lives attempting to break through our barriers, help us heal and become reconnected with all of life and our Divine Nature. Their heart-centered work needs to be honored, respected and appreciated often.

Remember to believe in yourself as much as you believe in and love your animals. Have the courage to be confident, the strength to be kind, and the wisdom to ask for help when you need it.

2011 is the Year of the Cat. So, in the words of our fellow Kindred Spirit, Dr. Signe A. Dayhoff, it’s time to “Embrace Your Inner Tiger.”

Empower and reconnect at the heart by spending time every day offering gratitude to all the animals who have blessed your life; the ones who have helped make you into the compassionate, sensitive and loving person you are today.

Together we make our world a better place.