Dear Animal friend,
Welcome to CLASS 10.
This is about how to do an bodyscan on animals and humans. This is particular good, if you're looking for a physicial pain or imbalance in the body.
You do a bodyscan in the same way, whether it's an animal or human being.
- Ask a good friend to help you.
- Face each other standing.
- Ask them just to stay as they are. Focusing on observing their breath and relaxing the body.
- Get in touch with your breath.
- Feel your feet connecting with the ground.
- Tune into your body, maybe by closing your eyes, to keep the focus in your own body.
- How does it feel? Do you have any pain? Aches?
- What's your emotional state today?
- Make the person look over or under your head so you do not have eye contact as this may distract.
- Start from the top of the head and tune in to the body sensations you get.
- Go down slowly, scanning his/her body, to your shoulders and continue all the way down to the feet and back up again.
- Write down in a notebook.
- Observe yourself. How do you feel in the body? Do you feel that the aches and pain of that person ?
- Be aware. Is it your own body or the other person?
- Be gentle when you tell the other, what you observe. Remember to tell them YOUR experience, and body sensations. This might or might not be true. It's so easy to take on other peoples emotions.
- Don't interpret or analyze. We don't like other people telling us how we feel, and what we sense. This is purely YOUR experience. Maybe the other person has a completely different experience from their point of view.
- There is always a reason why our body, sense and react the way it does. Sometimes we protect ourlselves, due to previous life experiences and beliefs.
- So be open to the other persons reply and experience.
- Same as communicating messages from animals to the owner/guardian. Perhaps we know the truth, but it's not our job to interpret or condemn others. Most people do things in good faith, both in terms of animals and other people.
- Let the person respond to whether they can recognize your experience or not.
- Finish the exercise by connecting your feet in to the ground.
- Change body position.
- Thank the helper.
- Then reflect on the following things; How do you use your body to sense for example; a pain in the right shoulder of your observing person
- Do you feel that pain in your own right shoulder or do you mirror the person, and feel the pain in your left shoulder.
- This is a way you can learn to sense your body's signals. Do you mirror the other or feel the same side. This is an important information, for doing the same thing on an animal.
- Write down the reflections and answers to yourself.
- Repeat the exercise with an animal where you also start from the head and back again.
- You can make it "live" or on a photographic image.
- Try the exercise either with one of your own animals or another animal.
- Write down the answers and reflections to yourself.
Dealing with shelter animals:
When dealing with a shelter animal, you should be aware of their background. Not all shelter animals, have a bad background history. But be wary of their reactions. Try and get some background information about them if possible.
Start by building a trusting relationship between you and the animal. Maybe they have to learn, they can trust you. Think of children homes, or youngsters in institutions. Because of maybe early challenges in their life. Some of them don't trust people. The same with animals.
Begin your communication with light easy questions. If they want to tell you more, you can go ahead. Otherwise wait. Ask about their favorite food, best friend, toy, favorite place to sleep, he / she is in love. Then you can build your relationship and go deeper.
For example with these questions:
- What is your story?
- Are you in pain?
- Are you happy? Sad?
- Find your own questions to fit the subject.
- Not all animals on internals are traumatized, so be aware of this.
It's a good way to bring animals and new families together. This is an extremely important process, so the animal does not have to go back and forth many times if it doesn't work out with the family.
So if a family / person etc., want to buy an animal from an shelter, then it's a good idea to have a chat with the family first.
- What are your needs?
- Which breed?
- What kind of personality are you looking for?
- Are there children in the family?
- How much time are they willing to put in to the animal, in terms of care, work and exercise?
- Who should provide food, walking, training (depending on which animal we are talking about)?
- Is there a garden or is it in an apartment?
- These are some of the basic questions, and you can build on it depending on the family / person.
- If you find an animal in nature, it is always a good idea to call the Animals Protection.
If you want to deepen your knowledge about how to parent a pet. Or get help to choose a pet, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org to get more info about my PET PARENTING KIT.
Talking with shelter animals:
In this exercise, choose a shelter online or you can go and visit one. Choose 2 animals that you would like to speak to, and go ahead with the normal procedure.
Start with the happy questions and move on from there and see what the animal has to tell :).
Write down your own reflections afterwards.
Isabella Carmen Johansson