Chicken Therapy

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

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

Peaceful Living in a Turbulent World

Living peaceful in a turbulent world means taking responsibility for our own reactions to stressful or difficult situations or events.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I teach clients that we cannot control other people or what happens in life at times, but we can always choose how we react.

During this stressful time where anger and violence sweeps across our nation, remember that you have choices.  You can either join in the anger, draining your own personal energy, or you can choose the path of peace to counteract the negativity.

Remember that each day we are given the gift of life.  We can choose to use our energy in a way that either creates peace, or contributes to anger or violence.

You when feel drawn or pulled into violent new stories or situations, take a breath.  Breath deeply and make the choice to live in peace.  If you can redirect your energy, you can live a life of balance.

Today take one step to bring more peace into your life:

Learn a breathing technique

Take three minutes to sit quietly

Smile at someone

Sometimes the smallest or simplest act, can bring about the biggest changes.

Who are You without the Addiction?

Did you know that you can become addicted to anything, including anger, or to having never-ending drama and conflict?

Addictive behaviors are often learned in childhood and serve as a means to cope with a variety of emotions that can be carried through to adulthood, leaving people with no realization that they are living in a constant state of anger, or having ongoing relationship conflict or drama.

People can become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex, shopping and exercise.  Anything can develop into an addictive behavior, including emotional reactions or how we present ourselves to the world.

When ending an addictive behavior, grief and loss will surface because the addictive behavior has served to block out whatever it is that is trying to be healed.  Staying in the addiction, only results in depression, more issues or problems, and the greatest tragedy of all, the addiction leads to the loss of self.

What are your patterns in life?  Think beyond the addition in terms of behaviors and look at your emotional responses towards others and life in general.  Sometimes the emotional addiction plays a greater role in your life than you are aware of.

Who are you without the addiction?

Career Coaching – Changing Directions

Are you happy to wake up in the morning and go to work?  Do you look forward to your day? Or, have you noticed a restlessness that leaves you feeling like you are on the wrong path?  Have you gotten a degree or training in a specific area and no longer feel fulfilled in that line of work?

Often times we start out on one path and then realize that we are not happy or fulfilled, yet we are fearful of changing directions.  By releasing the fear of change, you open up space to explore your true authentic desires and passions.  Changing careers doesn’t have to be difficult or scary.  Sometimes we may have to sacrifice when we make changes, but the rewards that we gain, pay off in more ways than we could ever imagine, often resulting in personal and professional success.

One of my passions is to help people explore their personal and professional goals and to identify the necessary steps that are needed to create a new career that better suits their body, mind, and spirit.  It’s never too late to change career direction.

What step do you need to take today?  Please contact me with any questions or schedule an appointment (You will be taking your first step!)

Taking a New Path

When is it time to step off of your old path and onto a new one?  Do you recognize the signs?  Usually, it begins with an internal restlessness that something needs to change.  You no longer feel fulfilled with your career, your relationship has become lifeless and mundane, and you find yourself thinking of greener pastures.

Change can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you listen to your own inner voice.  Sometimes it’s helpful to have a professional guide to help you find clarity and direction to begin a new path, and sometimes we need help saying goodbye to the old path although it has served us in the past, the pathway has become unbearable to walk on.

In life, we often take many pathways or trails, but sometimes the old worn out path can lead us to new wonderful trails that are full of beginnings and new opportunities.  If you currently find yourself struggling on your path and want help, support or guidance to your next step, please contact me.  Together we can explore the possibilities!

The Journey Within

For those of us who love to travel, the world is full of mystery and intrigue.  By exploring and discovering new and foreign lands, we also discover hidden or lost parts of ourselves.

Have you journeyed within lately?  The biggest journey we will ever take in this world is to travel within and to authentically find out who we are.  This journey will take us on many paths, both locally and abroad, and it will include numerous people, some will help make our journey lighter and happier, and others will make your journey more difficult.

This journey is varied and individual, one for the authentic soul traveler, one that cannot always be shared, but it’s our journey to take.

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

Your Life is a Scared Journey

 “Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”   Caroline Adams

Finding the Voice Within

Journey through the Healing Labyrinth

Join Karolee, the creator of the Healing Labyrinth, as you learn how to walk your own sacred path.  Labyrinth’s are symbolic of your life’s journey and together you will work through the various paths you have taken in life, as well as exploring new and/or future paths that you will take.

You will be guided to walk and go within, connecting to your inner self to bring wisdom and guidance back out into the world with you, as you continue your journey through life.

Guided walks are personal, but can also include the following self-exploration if desired:

  1. The Journey of Life
  2. Grief, Loss, and Letting Go
  3. Celebration of Life

 

Life Transitions

During Times of Transitions

Life is always bringing us challenges.  It’s during these difficult times that we can either avoid facing painful emotions, or we can go within, and with help and guidance, find inspiration in the darkest of times.

Through my own personal experiences, as well as my experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor, I am passionate about helping people move through life challenges and transitions.  Life will present us with opportunities to say goodbye, to stop old negative patterns, to release past trauma and pain.

Endings always offer new beginnings.  “Without rain, there would be no rainbows”.