Powerful Meditation-Based Animal Reiki: Spreading Love, Joy, Compassion and Peace, with Leah D'Ambrosio

Animals & Us - Voices of a New Paradigm

01-02-2024 • 1 hr 13 mins

In this episode, we dive into the world of meditation-based Animal Reiki with Leah D'Ambrosio, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). With over 400 members across 85 shelters worldwide, SARA focuses on supporting rescued animals and their caregivers through the transformative power of meditation.

Leah shares her journey working with animals and tells us about her mission is to empower people to develop healing connections with their animals. We explore the inception and growth of SARA since 2008, emphasizing their commitment to respect and honor animals as individuals with agency.

We talk about the unique approach of meditation-based Animal Reiki and its benefits for shelter animals. Leah sheds light on the "Let Animals Lead" method, highlighting the importance of not viewing animals as "broken" and the role of agency in the connection.

Leah also shares insights on connecting with wild animals, even in zoo settings, and how acknowledging animals as teachers can impact our interactions with them. Throughout the episode, she emphasizes the significance of finding peace within ourselves for the well-being of animals and the natural world.

Tune in to discover how meditation and mindfulness can create healing connections with animals, and learn practical insights on connecting with our nonhuman companions in meaningful ways. Leah shares many heartwarming stories and examples of the power that we can each have when we create a shared space of tranquility and peace with an animal.

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