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Real Self-Care: Animals

This post is part of a month-long series on Real Self-Care for world-changers. It’s about the experimentation: figuring out what works for you and following your heart. Simple, messy and everything in between. Self-care should be custom, intuitive, feasible and kind – to serve your actual life.


It’s no secret that I’m a total animal lover. If you’ve checked out my Instagram, you’ve seen photos of my two adopted cats, Dorothy & Harriet.

I grew up with animals my whole life: horses, dogs, cats, birds and a variety of very small mammals.

There are medical studies that show that animals are good for your health. They can improve outcomes for people with anxiety and depression.

What I know is this: animals are some of the best intuitives I’ve met. It behooves us, as human people, to spend time with them, learn from them, and let them love us.

What I know about resilience, I know from the adopted animals in my life. What I understand about unconditional love, I first experienced through animals. They are among the wisest healers I’ve experienced in my life.Using my time to be with wise animal teachers is never time wasted.

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For a tangible approach, try collecting items like feathers or shells to place on your altar.

Oh, and I love Jamie Sams’ Medicine Cards as well as the Animal Spirit Cards from The Wild Unknown.

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