Chicken Therapy

Have you hugged a chicken today?

Most people are familiar with Equine Therapy, and understand the healing abilities of horses, but have you ever heard of Chicken Therapy?

I recently met a woman who had eleven pet chickens.  The chickens were a variety of colors and breeds and all had their own pet names.  According to Heidi, the owner, she said that the chickens have distinct personalities and similar to people, have their own pecking order.  Some chickens get bullied, while others are more dominant and take the lead role.  Some are curious, playful or adventurous, but all chickens are uniquely different.

Having experienced a stressful weekend, I asked if I could hold one of the chickens, and was handed a beautiful golden brown bird.  As I held the feathery clucking chicken in my arms, I felt an immediate sense of peace and calm, which lead to a conversation about how the chickens, like therapy horses, or other therapy animals, are helpful for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and dementia.  Research indicates that Chicken Therapy is not commonly known, but it exists, and research confirms that chickens make great therapy animals.

As animal lovers, we know that our pets make us feel better on rough days, they sit on our laps, lick our faces and cuddle with us when we feel sad.  They calm us down when we feel angry and rejoice in our excitement on good days.  There is no question that animals are healing and very therapeutic.

Next time you’re having a rough day, feeling, sad, anxious or frustrated, try some Chicken Therapy!

Life is a Mutable Cloud

surrender to change - clouds reflecting in a lake

At different times in our lives, we will truly be tested.  It is during these times that we can either live in a place of fear and anxiety or we can learn to surrender to change.

We live in turbulent times, the world around us no longer feels safe or secure.  We have our own personal and familial struggles, and then there are those that affect our nation, our world, and our universe.

It is during these times of challenges that we need to surrender to what we cannot control.  We have to ride the waves of uncertainty.  When you experience your external world as a hurricane, you can always create an internal place of stillness and peace.  When the storm appears to be growing in speed and intensity, retreat to your inner world of meditation and stillness.

Don’t let the winds blow you off course, root yourself in your own inner world.  If you do not have a place of inner peace and stillness, build one today.  The tools are already there and if you need help, reach out to others.

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson