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Harley

Sweet Sugar crossed over the Rainbow Bridge not long after his surgery and injury.  Needless to say, his family is gutted.  Over the course of working with Sugar’s transition, I’ve become rather close with Sugar’s momma.  Turns out, we have a ton of things in common beyond our bunny love.

This past Wednesday, I received an email about a domestic rabbit in great danger.  I have to leave out some big details to protect the innocent here.  But, in short, this rabbit was left to fend for him/herself in the road of a residential neighborhood for the last month or more.  A neighbor was told that the rabbit had “turned wild” and is “smart enough to stay out of traffic.”

Late Thursday night, the rabbit was brought to safety by a concerned (and brave) neighbor.  But now the scramble began on my part—who can foster this rabbit?!?!  I turned to our private Facebook group for adopters, volunteers and supporters of our cause on Friday morning.  I posted a brief version of this little one’s story and the only picture I had of him/her.  Just a few minutes after posting, I received a text message from Sugar’s mom, asking if she and Sugar’s dad could help by fostering this new rescue.  Compelled by all of the love and support they experienced in their time of need, they wanted to give back in the biggest way possible.

I sprang into action, full-on Metatron mode.  Finder brought the bunny to me (and a $50 donation… some people are just downright beautiful) as I readied a dose of Revolution, rugs, hay, and other supplies.  I loaded the bunny into my carrier and buckled him/her in, as he/she was digging up the blankets in the carrier, meant to keep the ride comfortable.  He/she settled down soon, as I told him/her all about his/her new destination and how he/she would never be in danger again.  Ever.

I arrived and Sugar’s mom had everything ready for her foster baby.  We popped him/her out of the carrier, administered the dose of Revolution (didn’t see one flea or anything on him/her!) and you can tell by my pronoun usage throughout this story that I wasn’t able to determine gender—bunny was just too stressed!  We will find out on Wednesday when Sugar’s mom takes foster bunny for a checkup.  Bunny has the markings of a Dutch rabbit and the coloring of a harlequin; fittingly, Sugar’s mom named him/her Harley.

Harley took to devouring hay, salad and pellets almost immediately.  I wish we got video of how he/she jumped all four paws into the water bowl in his/her crate.  Harley seems healthy thus far, amazing considering what this rabbit has been through.  Harley is definitely happy.  I was lucky enough to witness Harley’s first bunny-flop in his/her foster home—the ultimate sign of feeling safe and loved.

Sugar’s family: we could not have saved Harley without you.  You are truly special people.

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Believe Purpose Rescue Uncategorized

Feel and Focus

On Friday evening, I sat amongst a diverse yet like-minded group at Yoga Journal Live to hear Gabby Bernstein’s talk entitled True Power.  When I explain who Gabby Bernstein is to people, I call her the Marianne Williamson of the younger set.  If none of this is resonating with you, stop reading this and go turn on Super Soul Sunday on OWN or make a quick trip to the library or to smile.amazon.com, pick Long Island Rabbit Rescue as your charity of choice, then treat yourself to some powerful nonfiction by either of the aforementioned ladies.

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Ms. Bernstein sharing her True Power

As in my nature, I took a lot of notes during Gabby’s talk (Metatron is my guide and he’s known as God’s scribe so it all comes naturally to me).  As I review my scribbled pages, the phrase “You can dictate what you feel based on what you focus on” is shining at me this morning.  You hear a lot of the same refrain from acquaintances, colleagues, and family members about being so busy, too busy, overwhelmed and overbooked.  But it’s all about choice and focus for me.

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Always prepared to take good notes

I work a traditional Monday to Friday job, I coordinate a non-profit organization (that logs far more hours than my “job” does) and I have responsibilities and appointments, social and non, that filter through the days as well.  At the day job, I can certainly feel busy, stressed, uncomfortable, drowning, fighting a losing battle at the most extreme of times.  Now shift the focus, make the choice…  Yesterday was a typical Saturday for me, as I handled a steady stream of Rescue emails, managed the group’s social media accounts (except Instagram, that one I’ve thankfully delegated out to the squad), handled phone calls and texts from volunteers who themselves are managing some complex rescue cases, completed two outstanding home visits for potential adopters, had lunch with a treasured friend, did three loads of laundry, food shopped… but guess what, loves?  I felt completely alive, blessed and happy through it all.  Not for a second did I choose to feel busy, stressed, or overbooked.

This is not a brag-post.  This is a message that you can do it all, have it all and be it all if you “embrace the light” as Gabby reminded the 700+ attendees at her talk on Friday.  As soon as I embraced my life’s purpose, the moment I found my truth, I left behind those crazed feelings of drowning through all the things I had to do.  I can now have a packed day of smiles and movement.  I shifted from my former refrain of “I have so much to do” to my divine inner monologue of “I feel completely alive and on my mission.”

Gabby told us to “reach for what we believe in right now.”  I believe that my work in rescue has saved my life as well as helped to save countless animal lives.  I believe that every cell in my body vibrates and functions at its full and glowing potential when I’m doing my rescue and Reiki work.  I feel the best I’ve ever felt because I’ve chosen to focus on what drives me instead of focusing on what society/family/whoever told me I should focus on.  I’ve magnified my purpose.  I choose what feels right and so much more of what is right has flowed my way.

Busy, lazy, productive, slow… these are all perceptions.  Perceive, feel, focus and be whatever you truly want.  Let that authentic purpose come to you.  Your truth is gorgeous, just like you.

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Believe Healing Purpose Reiki Rescue Uncategorized

Directions

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My healer and Reiki master Lisa Lotus Blossom Journeys hosted a workshop and meditation yesterday about Archangel Metatron (he’s the 11:11 guy, to keep it simple). Much of Lisa’s shared wisdom was about expanding our “spiritual GPS” so I’m left today thinking about how I got “here” in this spiritual space. I’m not conventionally religious at all and I don’t think we need to label ourselves or limit ourselves. Maybe today I don’t believe in a “man upstairs” concept of a god but maybe tomorrow I will—I’m all about the fluidity there. As I’ve been getting in touch with and opening up my gifts (we all have them—stop depriving the world of yours!), my “spiritual GPS” has rerouted quite a bit. And not just in the concepts of beliefs or morals or rules but in my purpose and path and daily moves.

I can’t think about my spirit or spiritual connections without the animals, of course. Up until we brought Peanut and Tater Tot home, I was NOT an animal person—talk about rerouting that life GPS. Over the four years those boys have been hopping around our living room, the shifts and turns have emerged—rescue and Reiki being the main two, for now. I was conditioned, as many of us are, to go to school, start a career that provides benefits and a potential pension and live very much within society’s conventions. While that never felt right, (and sometimes felt literally painful), I followed that path and did some amazing work on the way.

Lisa said yesterday: “I believe in the direction I’m getting.” We talked a lot about shifts, changes and departures, about letting go of what you thought something would look like or should be. Yes, it’s scary to deviate from convention. It’s intimidating to take a risk, regardless of the perceived weight or potential impact of the risk. But I’m open to turn, to curve or to even blaze a trail at this point. I may not know what it looks like yet, but I do know that I’m walking away (walking… not yet sprinting…) from what “everyone” says “you should do” more briskly than I ever have before.

Listen to your guides. I’m blessed that Metatron is my main guide—he “means business,” like Lisa says about him and he’s behind our transformations in life. Engage in the transformation.

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