Mia Mattsson Mercer

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Grieving in Different Kind of Shapes

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Grieving in different kind of shapes. (part 1)

Many of us carry around some kind of grief from different experiences in life. Maybe from childhood, loosing a friend, family-member, or a pet. Grieving can also give us a feeling of not being seen or heard, a deep inner sadness. At school or working-places being bullied, verbally or physically. But it can also be in a sport-club were you are supposed to be included as a team-player but are not being accepten.

Grieving can damage our confidence.

Grieving is ‘normal’ and it’s good to feel the emotion, however, it is important to recognise it, identify and slowly work it through. The importance is to find your inner sparkle again. Maybe your lost motivation.

Working with Animals for the last 25 years has shown me an amazing results of helping humans out of their sadness. Dogs and Cats have during a long time been fantastic companions–many of us knows that. We talk to them, they make us go out (also up from bed) and when we hug and pet them, our body reacts with love.

Horses has been an amazing journey to work together with. They do not judge us, or say things that can make us feel worse. (no eye-rolling there!)

Julia is one of our rescue horses. She can be extremely calm, and got a great amount of patience (if food is not near by) She herself recovered from a depression two years ago.

A ‘Mother’ was going through a bitter divorce, not only with emotionally battles, but also with financially difficulties. The only thing ‘Mother’ wanted to do after a long time of abuse was to have a quiet ‘normal’ life. But she was surprise to find out she was carrying around with a lot of grief, under all the layers of other emotions. Grief was one of the emotions she never thought she would feel–in her mind she should feel happy to be “free” not sad. When we looked a little closer inside of her mind, we found out she didn’t grieve the marriage, she was grieving the lost of her ‘dream’ from having a family. When she mentioned this to some of her friends, they looked at her saying, “Thats not normal! “

But it is ‘normal’ to grieve a dream which you invested hard work in, love and maybe children. When ‘Mother’ heard that, she wrote her grief down in a Journal to put words on what she felt. She had heard about Julia, therapy horse via her psychologist (and contacted me). ‘Mother’ couldn’t afford her own horse, and her daughter was madly in love with horses.

Thanks to sponsors can we give others a ‘stress relive emotional day’ together with the horses. The first thing ‘Mother’ said when she arrived, “I noticed I am breathing slower right now!” ‘Mother’ and her Daughter got Julias cleaning box and started to brush her. Small giggles could be heard from them while brushing her. They took a walk through the forrest in silence, only accepting the moment they had together. Nothing else could be done right then.

Twice a week, on their special days, are ‘Mother’ and ‘Daughter’ coming to the stable to have a couple of hours together with Julia. ‘Mother’ feels more relaxed and have accepted that her former dream she actually can re-change into a new dream.A new beginning for both her and her daughter.

I call it, mentally detoxing.

This happened a couple of months ago, and ‘Mother’ is slowly getting her emotions under ‘control and acceptance’. With different contacts were we able to get a horse for free for them–there are many ‘older’ horses out there that needs/wants a new home. And they are all for free.

They are not sick–many times are they former professional horses that goes into retirement. We call it– ‘Thank You for Your Service Retirement Stable’

That’s Amore!

Horses as my Teacher

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The new horse stood and ate in the corner in his new box. I could sense he was very relaxed when I peaked in to him. He looked at me with his curious eyes.

The horses brought my anxiety level down very quickly. I could breath slower, and it was like I felt my thoughts became clearer. Could that really be possible?

I had been sent to the farm by my psychologist. She told me I needed to surround myself with animals in my recovery program, not only talking and eating medication. Animals, and especially horses and dogs, had shown amazing results in clients recovery. And what was even better, the clients continued with animals long after they had been healed. It was like an enormous thankfulness, and the feeling of being accepted, not judged, covered in thick unconditional love, and patiences. The therapy horses were indeed perfect therapists. 

I longed to get to the stable and brush them and even talk to them. Today there was a new horse. When I walked into ‘his’ home I made sure I felt respectfulness and gratitude towards him. I had learned from the owner, that I shouldn’t worry about anything else, only to be aware of my thoughts.  The translation into energy would work itself and the horses would pick it up. The horses would react on what I did, and felt inside. The horses would also teach me boundaries, a good lesson I could bring back to the outside life. 

The owner told me she could communicate with animals. Something I wasn’t sure was possible.

She shared what her first  horse hade taught her. Yes, she was a strong believer the horses were her teachers, not opposite.

“I am not only listening to your words. I listen to your use of words, the tone, and even your body language. Your eyes, your face expressions. I can even hear everything you don’t say.”

That’s Amore!

Weekend Treats

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I wasn’t sure I would like the book which was recommended by the book club I just joined.

But I absolutely loved it. Beautiful written!

And finally, the movie I wanted to see for a long time. I loved it. I noticed several times smiling through the movie. Absolutely fantastic actors.

Cold outside, warm fireplace and fury friends next to you on the couch.

That’s Amore!

Animals as Coaches

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This is my pack!

Every early morning are they gathering together in my office to attend our meditation.

It’s an amazing and powerful feeling, when they also”lower” themselves into a pleasant deep meditation.

Occasionally, I hear one of my Seniors snore peacefully in the background. That is a wonderful heartwarming sound to hear.

After twenty minutes mostly of us do the stretch, then breakfast. What a great way to start the day!

I love my pack of “mini Buddhist” as I have always called them.

That’s Amore!

Beautiful video made for me

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Watch the video here

Six years ago, we moved up from Italy to Germany. It was my saddest time in life.

I had to leave my dream. My dream, that I had together with others built up so hard.
A Senior Sanctuary Hospice, that we named Casa dell Amore!

My beautiful volunteers made this incredible video and yesterday I revived it from Chiara Ricci, I hadn't seen it since the day we left.

AWL are still working very hard rescuing animals down in Italy. And one day, very soon, will I open up a new Hospice! A bigger and better, together with inspiring people and veterinarians.

That's Amore!

In Spite of Life Threatening Experiences, Still She Wags Her Tail

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Column Tidningen Nära

Text: Mia Mattsson-Mercer
Photo: Shutterstock, Private

I immediately saw her.  With her big black eyes she sat in a small cage looking curious at me. It felt like she chose me.
I asked the American Animal Organization to adopt the little cute dog Shiloh. They told me that Shiloh’s mother and siblings had  previous week been gassed to death by the state’s dog patrol.

The veterinarian found out that Shiloh had a kennel cough and had to sit isolated for a while. Back home she quickly grew into my family, along with three other dogs.

We moved from the US to new adventures in southern Italy.
The dogs took the long trip better than us nervous dog owners.

One evening, we walked with Shiloh along the wide Italian street. Suddenly a car arrived at high speed and drove over her!! Severely injured, she was taken to the emergency room.
Nobody thought she would survive.

I prayed day and night for her.

“She’s a miracle dog,” the veterinarians told me when I finally brought her home.

The following year, Shiloh got serious problems with her kidneys. She peed blood.

I was told about a great man, Michael, who could cure animals but who had no veterinary license. Michael was also a good homeopath. No other veterinarian had previously been able to cure Shiloh’s kidney problems.
Instead, they thought we should euthanize her.

Michael examined her and asked several questions. Suddenly, he took hold of Shiloh’s side and with his palm he hit her kidneys.
Shiloh shouted out.

I thought he was crazy!
We left, and with us we got some medicine ampoules.

A couple of weeks later she was healthy!

I told our veterinarian.
“She is a miracle dog,” he said again.

Once again it was time to move to new adventures and this time to southern Germany. Again, Shiloh moved with us but this time with 16 other happy dogs.

Today she is 14 years old. A beautiful limping  greymuzzle Senior, but still the same positive attitued as the first time I saw her there in the small cage.

She’s really a miracle dog.

I believe, we have a lot to learn from the animals.
We are what we think. Never give up!

That’s Amore!

ChaChas Love

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The most beautiful and important is to have a veterinarian(s) that you and your animals feel comfortable with.

We are pleased and happy with Vet. Spötl.
She is amazing, and all our animals are feeling that. ChaCha runs in, and if she had her will, she would stay the whole day by her side!

That's Amore!

Veterinarian Visit

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Picked up ChaCha from having a surgery today.
Before she came up to Germany from Italy she tried to eat herself out from a shelter fence. She broke her K9 tooth.

That was a couple of years ago and this week I discovered that her tooth stump was infected.

When sedated they took blood test to see if her values from last time were any better.

Since this drama queen never like when we brush or cut her nails, I had a request they would do that too while she slept!

Now she is acting like a little puppy of 56 kg on the couch. That's Amore!

The Love from A True Heart

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Even when the Animals are Forever Gone Love Still Remains

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Senior

(In Swedish below. Pa svenska nedan)

I looked down at the beige dog that lay quite on his dog bed. His eyes were closed and his breathing was slow. I knew within me that he did not have much of any time left here on earth. The dog, Rasmus’s, aura vibrated unequally, like a radio station that had not been set to its correct frequency.

“Why are you leaving me so soon?” I whispered to him.

We reflect your perfect self. We choose to be happy in the present and never think of the future. We are living and breathing of every minute and not a second faster into the future. Nobody knows what’s in the future; the future will come when it’s time.

As a sign of his love and of confirmation, he wagged his tail.

It was so painful to lose my four-legged friend.

To say goodbye to love was heartbreaking.

We will always be around you people, for our love will never end when we disappear from you. When you are in silence you can feel our presence, but it’s when you are searching after us to feel us in a physical form, that is when the contact will be broken between us.

Your despair breaks the contact.

Be in total silence and feel our present. Let us continue to heal you in the same way, as we always did laying next to you.

I looked at Rasmus. His tail was no longer waging. He was gone!

“Rasmus!” I screamed and put my head in his still warm coat. “Don’t leave me!”

Suddenly, I felt a warm feeling surrounding my legs, like a wind passing me.

We have a soul and therefore live forever!

I have not left you. When the memory of me is disturbed by your heavy grief, that’s when you leave me.

 

That’s Amore!

Text Mia Mattsson Mercer

photo: Shutterstock

Column Magazine Nara (Sweden)

 

In Swedish

Även när djuren är för evigt borta finns kärleken kvar

Jag tittade ner på den beiga hunden som låg alldeles stilla på sin hundsäng. Hans ögon var slutna och andetagen var långsamma. Jag visste inom mig att han inte hade lång tid kvar här på jorden. Hunden Rasmus aura vibrerade ojämnt, likt en radionstation som inte hade sin rätta frekvens inställd.

”Varför lämnar du mig så snart?” viskade jag till honom.

Vi reflekterar ert perfekta jag. Vi väljer att vara lyckliga i nuet och tänker aldrig på framtiden. Vi lever för varje minut och inte en sekund snabbare. Ingen vet vad som ligger i framtiden, utan den kommer när det är dags.

Som ett tecken med sin kärlek och bekräftelse viftade han på svansen.
Det gjorde så ont att mista min fyrfota vän.
Att säga adjö till kärleken var smärtsam.

Vi finns alltid omkring er människor för vår kärlek tar aldrig slut även om vi försvinner från er. När ni befinner er i stillhet kan ni känna vår närvaro, men det är när ni famlar efter att känna oss i fysisk form som kontakten bryts mellan oss.
Annons

Er förtvivlan bryter kontakten.
Var i en total stillhet och ta in oss. Låt oss fortsätta att hela er, precis som vi alltid gjorde sittandes bredvid er.

Jag tittade på Rasmus. Hans svans viftade inte längre. Han var borta!
”Rasmus!” skrek jag och borrade in mitt huvud i hans fortfarande varma päls. ”Lämna mig inte!”
Plötsligt kände jag en varm känsla vid mina ben. Något som fläktade förbi mig.

Vi har en själ och lever därför för evigt!
Jag har inte lämnat dig. När minnet av mig förträngs av din tunga sorg, det är då du lämnar mig.

That’s Amore!