Animals have a diverse expression of emotions. They feel many of the same things we do…….and much more. This morning when our dog Bella and I were playing fetch on the stairs, Oscar (one of our Orange Boy felines) chased after her and swiped her hind end with an aggressive and clear expression of his feelings. (Each of our fur kids participate in daily, individual play times with my husband and I…they occasionally play with each other, but Oscar has always been a bit jealous of Bella’s rambunctious fetch games and will many times attempt to block her from running up and down the stairs.) Bella reacted to Oscar’s swipe with a snarl and a gruff bark. After expressing their feelings, the air was cleared in an instant and everyone was back to normal.
There is much we can learn from animals about emotional balance. They teach us: feel the emotion, express yourself, move on. By studying our animal friends and embracing their simple yet profound way of maintaining emotional balance, we can accept our own complex emotions….thereby making peace and harmony our preferred and natural state of being.