Posts in category "Lessons from animals"

What To Do When Your Pet Is Dying - Lili's Lesson

   Lili is showing us how to die, and also how to live. We know that this is her time, but we can’t help questioning our decision to let her leave us. It seems better to fight. There must be treatments, surgeries, medications that will give us more time, regardless of how futile and annoying... Read more »

Rescuing Gracie - My Sister's Courageous Act

My mother, sister Sandy and I were returning from Sandy’s string teachers’ conference in Detroit a few years ago, and were about a hundred miles from Chicago, enjoying an uneventful road trip. Suddenly, Sandy – who was driving – burst out, “Mom, Dee, don’t look!” Naturally, we both did. There, in the middle lane of... Read more »

5 Ways Animals Have Changed What I Believe In

 Like most people, I arrogantly believed that I was more intelligent than other animals, and my beliefs were shaped by intellect and experience. For the past decade, the animals I meet have been changing what I believed about intelligence, emotions, spirituality, and living a rich and happy life. Here are 5 ways the animals have... Read more »
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Crummy Jobs for Animals

Would you leave your home to perform in a tutu in center ring?
Animals volunteer for some really crummy jobs in this Earth life. It’s always the fault of human beings when they are humiliated, overworked, physically abused, and forced into roles we find amusing or profitable or simply another venue for our own sicknesses and sociopathy.  Here are some examples of crummy jobs for which thinking, compassionate,... Read more »

Animals Teach Us How To Take A Break

Hug another species.
Animals teach us how to take a break and live in the moment with love and gratitude for the very act of being. Put the phones and computers away, disconnect, and get in touch with Earth, sky, water, and the living beings that share your space. Now is where you live. All of those things... Read more »

Freedom for Imprisoned Laboratory Chimps - A Lesson in Compassion

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It’s easy to say that animals must be used for experimentation so people can live healthier lives. We quote biblical text that gives humans “dominion” over other creatures. Watch this video and think again about whether we are superior. Animals do make life choices – some of them are agreements to accept treatment no person... Read more »
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What Do Animals Know? Experience animal communication this Saturday!

I’m often asked when I became aware that I was an “animal whisperer” and the truth is – never! I wasn’t the kind of kid who saw dead ancestors at the foot of my bed, and I didn’t have a conscious awareness of what my pets were trying to tell me. Maybe if I had,... Read more »

Chris P. Bacon - The Pig On Wheels

Too often, we become discouraged by stories of cruelty toward our fellow creatures, forgetting the many compassionate people who open their hearts to animals who appear to be destined for euthanasia.  Sometimes, they aren’t well-behaved or suited to the families who adopt them.  Sometimes, they aren’t beautiful enough, or amusing enough, or smart enough, or... Read more »

Do Animals Know They Are Dying?

I found an intriguing blog post by Jessica Winter, in which she explores the question of whether her cat was trying to convey her own impending death.  Jessica consulted several scientists and did a great job of presenting a range of opinions about whether animals are conscious of their own mortality and will try to... Read more »
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Being Thankful - What Animals Teach Us

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for what animals have taught me about gratitude – not just the cats who share my home, and the ones I’m fostering outside, but those whose gifts are part of our celebrations and connected to our lives without our notice or appreciation.  Today, I want to stop and say thank you.... Read more »
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    Denise Norberg-Johnson is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, who also works with animals and their people as a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. As a former biology teacher, construction contractor, business trainer and financial writer, she has spent her life engaged in a continuous learning process. An award-winning speaker and author, she has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, and anticipates the publication of her book, "Animals Know! - What Animals Teach Us" in early 2013. Denise's formal education includes an M.B.A., a Masters degree in Teaching, a B.A. in Biological Science, and an A.A. in Architectural Interior Design. When she is not reading voraciously, dancing as if no one is watching, or attempting to play her junior high school violin recital pieces, she amuses herself by annoying her husband Dave and their six rescued cats.

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