Living Conscientiously

Through my energy work with living beings, I have developed a love of animals that is so strong, that the thought of harming an animal is unimaginable.

This feeling was cemented when I started watching documentaries about the conditions of animals raised for meat and other products like eggs and milk.

If you put aside the brutality of butchering animals for meat, animals in factory farms still live in cramped, filthy conditions. They are fed drugs and genetically altered to produce more things for us to consume.

Even aside from the animal rights issues, there are worker safety issues and environmental impacts to farming animals on a large scale!

I woke up! The first change I made was to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. Once I started down the path, I realized I couldn’t stop there – I became a vegan.

Being vegan means that you don’t use any animal products like eggs, dairy or honey. You don’t wear clothing that has silk, wool, or leather. When it comes to beauty products, you have to pay extra attention and read the labels. You have to pass on products like goat’s milk soap and creams that have lanolin in them, which comes from sheep.

A common criticism of proponents of animal rights is that they are so focused on animals that they are blind to the suffering of people.

I give a lot of thought to every decision I make, so that I can be as humane and caring as possible.

For example, if I know that a product is manufactured in a third world country where wages are low and conditions are inhumane, then I won’t buy the product.

I believe we should treat one another with respect and kindness, so I feel responsible for those who are vulnerable and do not have a voice.

By becoming aware of how my actions affect others and the environment, I can make decisions to reduce the negative effects.

Take palm oil for instance: palm oil is found in all kinds of products ranging from snack foods to fuel. The industry is notorious for deforestation, pollution, and the extinction of animals and indigenous cultures.

As a consumer, I choose to avoid palm oil products and I use my resources to find complementary products that are more ethical and sustainable – and are made closer to home!

Living consciously and conscientiously is not an overnight change, and you are not always in a position where you can make the ideal choice. However, by continually reflecting on your choices and making incremental improvements, you can make the lives of other living beings better, support your local community and help protect the planet!

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What I learned about Self-Acceptance from a Dog

This past December I was faced with a daunting challenge.

I was volunteering with a local animal rescue group and had met Sophie, a two-year old German Shepherd who was in need of a home.

Sophie was a sweetheart with a very sensitive soul.

Sophie’s spirits were low since she was living in a busy shelter. I wanted to foster or adopt her myself, but I couldn’t because I live with cats.

To further complicate matters, Sophie had recently been attacked by another dog and was wearing a cone to protect the stitches in her front paw.

I came to love this gentle and loyal hound! I knew if someone was patient and willing to put in some work, Sophie would thrive and become an incredible dog and companion.

I was posting Sophie’s information on FB in the hopes of finding her a home and telling her story to anyone that would listen.

Sophie and I met a couple of potential adopters and it did not go well. I found myself in effort trying to explain her quirks and getting them to see what I could see.

Eventually, I began to relax about the process. So what, if it took a little bit longer to find someone who felt exactly the same way about Sophie that I did!

I was taking Sophie out for a walk to meet a potential adopter – Claudia.

We met Claudia at a local park. I let Sophie be Sophie and didn’t try to make her anything other than the loveable, goofy, anxious, hot mess that she was.

Claudia saw all of this and was willing to take a chance on her.

I’m happy to report that Sophie is now “Juno” and happily living with Claudia and has a big dog-sister Hettie.

Like Juno, with the right support, encouragement and attention, a person is able to let their guard down and show their true personality.

While it may seem frightening to be the person who is opening up, other people will react positively to your honesty and vulnerability. You will form closer friendships and relationships and be happier.

Also, if you see a friend struggling, be supportive and encouraging. You will help them unlock their personality and you will have a great new relationship!

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Here is Juno loving her new life!

My encounter with a Ghost!

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Just as you can get lost in life, the same is true when you die. Recently, I met with a client who was experiencing a strange presence in her home – an old carriage house which was built in the 1800’s. During the course of the reading, I was able to tune into her physical […]

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Your Knee Chakras

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Recently, I had to deal with a very stressful situation. It was not something I had planned on and it was very emotionally challenging. The situation involved something that I cared deeply about, yet I was not able to control the outcome. The outcome was dependent on a number of outside forces. As a result, […]

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Helping Opens Your Heart!

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Sophie – a two-year old German Sheperd – came into my life when I was volunteering at a local pet adoption fair. After the adoption fair, Sophie went to a foster home. I thought about her often and wondered how she was doing. A few weeks later, I was at an event and heard that […]

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Pet Whispering

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Anyone who knows me knows I love animals! Last weekend in the Bay Area, Pet Food Express was having an all weekend pet adoption fair for local animal rescues and shelters! Rocket Dog Rescue – one of the rescue groups – sent out a request for volunteers. They needed companions for all the wonderful pooches […]

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Being In The Center Of Your Head

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There is a spiritual place in the center of your head that allows you to stay more neutral and allows you to respond, rather than react, to the ups and downs of daily life! I continually return to this place when I want to tune out the external world and connect to my inner world. […]

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Old Endings create New Beginnings

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Recently, I went to see Richard Linklater’s latest movie “Boyhood’, and I highly recommend it. It’s one of those movies that really stays with you. It’s about a boy, Mason, and his family who live in Houston, Texas. We first meet Mason when he is 5 years old and we follow him until he is […]

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Inspiring Words from Steve

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Hey Everyone, I just watched this video again and found it very inspiring! Enjoy!

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Making yourself ready for change

Many clients who come to me do so because they are looking to change things in their lives. Common themes seem to be: improving relationships (or finding new ones), changing old emotional patterns, or discovering work that is more in alignment with their values. To successfully change your life in a meaningful way, there are […]

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