Dog Chapel in Vermont
Friday, Feb. 15th 2013 10:51 AM

Welcome All Creeds, All Breeds, No Dogmas Allowed.

That’s the message you’ll see at the Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

The visionary was Stephen Huneck, an artist whose carvings grace the chapel along with stained glass windows with pictures of dogs. The church features a winged labrador on the steeple and the four pews are held up by life-sized carvings of seated dogs.

Messages of love abound and envelope visitors to the chapel offering inspiration for all, whether celebrating the joy of the bond between human and canine or grieving the loss of a beloved dog companion.

The 150 acre mountain-top farm is rich with wildlife and invites visitors to run free, play, swim and explore. It’s always open to the public. Special events are hosted at the Stephen Huneck Gallery on Dog Mountain at various times of the year. For more information, check out their website at dogmt(dot)com.

 

Imagine You Can Communicate With Animals And You Will
Saturday, Feb. 2nd 2013 5:54 PM

Our imagination is a powerful tool that can open and expand our perceptions. If we cannot imagine that something is possible, then it does not exist for us. Perhaps you’ve seen the quote: “What could you accomplish if you knew you couldn’t fail?” Good question. The answer for each of us is infinite.

In terms of communicating with animals, I often remind my students to use their imagination if they feel blocked at some point while learning animal communication. Imagine that it is possible to receive a communication from an animal and to send a message telepathically to the animal. Of course, it is possible to receive and transmit messages with animals and we all have the ability to do it. However, if someone doesn’t believe they can communicate with animals, then this can inhibit their natural ability to do so. Our thoughts are very powerful. So, if you wish to communicate with animals, then it is important that you believe that you can do it. Connecting with your animal companions in this way will surely deepen your connection with one another. Give it a try. You’re animal friends will be happy you did.

Journey to Your Heart & Awaken to Bliss – A Workshop for Conscious Living. Held in Asheville, North Carolina
Friday, Jan. 4th 2013 9:53 AM

Would you like to experience more joy and bliss in your life?

Our heart is an inner compass which is always pointing us to Love.

When we live our lives from our heart center, we experience peace, joy and the remembrance of our connection to the Universe which is abundant and infinite.

Won’t you join me for this enlightening and fun workshop… and experience the wisdom of your heart!

Gathering together in a small group, I will guide you through heart opening meditations. Teachings and fun exercises are also woven into the workshop to provide you with useful information and tools to incorporate in daily life.

Learn to:

- Connect with your heart center
- Expand your awareness of your internal compass
- Receive insights to live life more consciously
- Enjoy the bliss of communing with the Divine
- Experience what it is like to expand your consciousness in this way
- Cultivate and nurture a heart-centered connection as a way of living

This workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to explore the power of the Heart and create more love, joy and bliss in their lives.

Next workshop: Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10am-4pm in the Asheville, NC area

Registration is $90. Online payment can be made via my website at http://rainhummingbird.com/ratesandpayment/. Space is limited so please contact me prior to registering for the workshop to ensure availability, (828) 337-4686 or rain@rainhummingbird.com. Thank you.
Directions and additional information will be provided after registration.

Ho! Ho! Ho!
Sunday, Dec. 23rd 2012 2:43 PM

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday filled with joy and humor!

To watch a funny video of animals singing Jingle Bells, click on this link. It’s cute!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRzhd3eUyO8

Photo courtesy of Lisa in Connecticut.

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Kindness — A Simple Blessing of the Holiday Season
Friday, Dec. 14th 2012 12:50 PM

At this time of year when folks sometimes get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season —  the decorations, shopping, parties, the endless to-do list — I invite you to take a moment to breathe, connect with the true meaning of the holiday you celebrate, and reflect on what it is that you truly wish to gift to others.

A simple act of kindness can change a life forever.

Make kindness a habit. It’s the most important gift of all.

Wishing you joy this holiday and every day.

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Holiday and Winter Safety Tips for Your Animals
Friday, Nov. 30th 2012 2:26 PM

With lots of food, decorations, visitors and icy weather this time of year, it’s important to keep your critters safe so that all can have a happy holiday season. Here are a few tips and reminders to help:

• Poinsettas, while beautiful, are toxic to dogs and cats.

• Tinsel on trees is a tempting toy, especially for young animals. If swallowed, however, tinsel can cause serious internal injuries.

• Chocolate, a holiday favorite for people, is toxic to dogs. Read this article for more details.

• Dogs are attracted to the taste of antifreeze. If consumed, the results may be fatal. Stow containers out of reach and check vehicles to ensure there are no leaks.

• Products that melt ice on walkways and driveways irritate paws and if licked can injure animals. Choose a safe alternative available at many healthy food stores or online.

• Check with your vet for a change in hours of operation over the holidays. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency animal hospital phone number programmed in your cell phone, just in case.

• While some animals may love the extra visitors to their home this holiday, some may not. Commotion and loud noises can be very disturbing to some animals. Consider creating a safe, quiet area or room where animals can retreat to if they need a place of refuge.

Wishing you and your human and animal family a safe and happy holiday!

Happiness Revealed
Thursday, Nov. 22nd 2012 12:02 PM

Happiness Revealed is a gorgeous video with a beautiful and inspiring message created by nature photographer Louis Schwartzberg. A brief introduction to the artist and his work is followed by the video itself.

This message is a wonderful reminder that every day is a good day to be grateful and that cultivating gratitude in our lives is a blessing for all.

Click here to be directed to the link.   Enjoy!

I am grateful for you in my life and I wish you many blessings! What are you grateful for today?

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Mugsy the Fearless Cat – You have to see this to believe it.
Wednesday, Nov. 14th 2012 1:53 PM

Mugsy is a fearless tabby kitty who is known as the cat who slaps gators. This video clip will show you why. He’s one tough kitty. Hope you enjoy this amusing video.

Copy this link into your browser to watch:  http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/watch/Bad-Dog%21/7125875514716126112/2258005751/The-Cat-Who-Slaps-Gators/videos?cmpid=FCST_hero_tv

 

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Mumuration – The Dance of Thousands of Starlings – A Wonder of Nature
Friday, Nov. 2nd 2012 6:06 PM

No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland. The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called murmurations, having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter’s frigid bite. Scientists aren’t sure how they do it.

The murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants. Even complex algorithmic models haven’t yet explained the starlings’ aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds’ quicksilver reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions  in the giant flock.

This short video was captured by two young women out in their canoe one day. It’s extraordinary. Enjoy!

Full Heart or Empty Heart – Which Do You Choose?
Thursday, Oct. 18th 2012 11:05 AM

“In a full heart there is room for everything and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.” – Antonio Porchia, poet

This quote is a powerful reminder that anything is possible when we live in gratitude and love with our heart open to receiving the infinite gifts from the Universe. If we close ourselves off to these gifts, life can feel pretty empty and lonely. Fortunately, we get to choose. Full heart or empty heart. Which do you choose for yourself today?

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