5 Reasons You Should Meditate With Your Pet
If you’ve ever practiced meditation around your pet, you may have noticed the way they are drawn toward your peaceful energy. In fact, whenever you sit with your canine or feline companion (as with almost any other animal) while in a restful, relaxed space, they soon feel at ease and become more still as a result. They may even position themselves strategically by your side in order to make physical contact and enjoy the warmth and connection with you.
In addition to feeling more relaxed and less anxious, pets receive an array of other benefits from a regular meditation experience, just as humans do. Considering the significant influence you have on your pet’s health and well-being, and they have on yours, a mutual meditation practice is entirely a win-win.
Here are five benefits you and your pets will enjoy through a shared meditation practice:
1. Strengthen Safety and Trust
Often humans lack the ability, or in some cases the desire, to create a truly safe environment in which pets can flourish. Without a sense of stability, especially in their early developmental phases, many animals may begin to feel and act from a place of insecurity and fear—which can be particularly true for adopted rescue friends. The experience and emotions you invoke in them from the beginning either builds confidence and lessens fear, or it erodes one of the most important aspects of relationships: trust. Just as you feel more grounded following your own meditation practice, so do your furry companions. Find a quiet spot where you and Rex can practice together daily, and watch your bond grow.
2. Reduce Stress
Among other positive influences of a regular meditation practice, your stress response takes a much-needed break (this is also why a good night’s rest is so important). When you lessen the stress response of the body, its natural healing capabilities are able to go to work. This is especially important for older, ailing, or otherwise compromised animals. In fact, a rejuvenated body and mind, along with the other benefits you experience as a result of meditation, is something that may end up being one of your pet’s favorite benefits of being with you (although they probably wouldn’t turn down a tennis ball if offered!)
3. Harmonize and Attune Energy
When meditating, you are naturally in a calmer and more passive state. Your energy center tends to open and realign when you’re in the practice. As energy isn’t bound by the physical body, and is not limited to human bodies, you and your pet can merge together on this subtle, yet powerful level. This is the same energy that draws animals to certain people more readily, or causes them to react strongly to someone new. Meditation helps to deepen the bond and understanding between you and your pet.