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I Found an Old Journal…

Where are my fellow inconsistent journalers?

Whoa, inaccurate judgment of myself. I was an inconsistent journaler. Then 2 months ago, I found something that I’m actually sticking with… but more on that later! 

This week, I was cleaning off a bookshelf and I found a journal that I wrote in sporadically from 2015 to 2017. I have it open next to me right now and as I flip through and find some gems, I’ll share them with you.

An excerpt from November 21, 2015 (I remember writing this while waiting for a yoga and meditation workshop to start): I’m allowed to ask for what I want. My feelings are reasonable & important. I am rooted by my own strength. I honor myself. I honor what I want, need, feel.

Consciously engage with the flow. Show trust in how we are being led. I will always be led in the right direction if I listen to myself. When you trust yourself, nothing else matters.

An excerpt from December 5, 2015: Remember the things that feel right. Luxuriate.

On January 1, 2016: a page of ideas to name this blog. I Believe in Bunnies is the first idea on the list. Proof that first instincts are often the right ones.

Six pages of notes from April 8, 2016, the first time that I went to a talk given by my teacher Gabby Bernstein. The words are practically glimmering off of the pages as I reflect back. One gem that Gabby said: “When we pray for guidance, sometimes chaos shows up first.”

An excerpt from December 22, 2016: It’s after noon & I just realized I hadn’t breathed today. (I remember sitting in cafeteria duty writing that).

General observation: A lot of the goals and mantras in this journal are things I’m still working on… but damn how I’ve grown! Give yourself massive credit for how far you’ve come (I’m talking to myself and to you).

Wow, this was a moment, a sweet way to spend some time on this my last day of vacation. Lots of memories flooding back in… and, interestingly enough, those goals and gets that I thought I wanted in 2016 and 2017, that didn’t happen… when I look at my life now, those things were so not meant to be. Reflection is a good lesson in faith.

Oh, before you go… I told you that I would share about a journal/self-care practice that is consistently working for me: Silk & Sonder Go check it out!

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Believe Bunnies Purpose Rescue

Throwback: Lessons Learned

Enjoy this throwback post from February 2016 titled Lessons Learned

Have I learned and worked the lessons? Something to reflect on today!

I’ve learned so much about rabbits in my nearly four years as a volunteer for the Long Island Rabbit Rescue… but I’ve learned even more about people.

I’ve observed volunteers of all ages and walks of life care for rabbits that we’ve saved from brutal neglect situations with inspiring love, yet neglect their own selves—“burning out” from taking on too much or simply not feeding and caring for themselves the way they do our foster and sanctuary rabbits.  These women and men would never let a rabbit go hungry or feed a rabbit a less than balanced, nutritious diet, but they don’t take the time to nurture themselves.  They make sure every foster and sanctuary rabbit gets daily exercise time to run, hop and play—but they don’t seem to prioritize themselves.  As dedicated volunteers, we recognize how much these gentle creatures need us.  If only we remembered that we are gentle creatures too.  Sometimes we need a little treat or a softer rug to rest our paws too.  For my fellow volunteers, I wish you would “cover a shift” in caring for yourself.  I am so blessed to work with each of you.  Please take care of you, too.

I’ve talked with hundreds of people, almost always parents of young children, who are looking to rehome their rabbit, in whom their children lost interest or for whom the family feels they can’t (or don’t want to) care anymore. These people are often ashamed to ask for help.  They perceive a failure in what they were wrongly told was a simple task—to care for a prey animal like a rabbit.  So many times, if people are open to our support, we are able to make life better for the rabbit and manageable for the family.  It’s important to see our commitments through, for our own strength and for our pet’s existence.  For these people, I wish them faith in themselves and the strength to ask for support.  Making positive changes in the current home or finding a new home will take work, for sure, but these innocent rabbits deserve the dedication!

And for all considering bringing an animal in their lives, do your research.  If you want something that’s easy to care for and something that won’t suffer when your children move on to the next interest, please buy a stuffed toy.  Please don’t use a living thing to teach a lesson, unless you are completely committed yourself to seeing that lesson through.

That said, I’ve learned so much in these four years of giving to the abandoned and neglected rabbits of Long Island.  From these fragile creatures, I’ve learned that I need space, too.  Sometimes there’s nothing more blissful than tossing the task at hand to this side (for me, returning some emails, for the bunnies, a woven grass toy or cardboard tube) and flopping out for a nap.

Sometimes it’s scary to hop somewhere new, but you might just find your favorite spot that way.  You also might find danger there, so sniff a lot first.  And use your whiskers as your guide.

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