Imagine cuddling with a cow to get some peace.
Turkeys mourn for their lost ones in the United States on Thanksgiving while cows are rejoicing. Hear a “Moooooo…” there’s a “Moooooo…” hug a “Mooooo” everywhere.
Farms in northern New York state are offering a special therapeutic treatment to alleviate stress. These farms provide a trained cow to lie down and cuddle with a person.
Hearing about this on the radio one morning intrigued me and I had a hearty laugh.
We laugh at things we don’t understand but sometimes things are hilarious.
I’m not knocking it or denying hugging a cow will help someone relieve stress but when I heard it costs $300 well that set off my belly-shaking chuckles alarm.
Just as a dog can pick up on pheromones the claim is cows can too. Then, the benevolent, big-hearted bovine will show it’s empathy by lying on you.
A cow’s body temperature is slightly higher than a person’s and their heart rate is normally less than humans according to the therapist recommending this treatment.
So when you have this wonderful mass of divine moo on you then one has the opportunity to be centered, forget about worries, and feel calm. Think huge furry live blanket of musky love pouring out affection and empathy all over you.
It’s an awesome moment of mindfulness. Meditate on that. The proximity and closeness of one’s bovid life coach should definitely prompt a single focus on the now.
I gotta say I wouldn’t be thinking about anything else but the cow. Talk about in the present.
The price of peace.
Each to their own on the path to stress relief. These farms also will provide a horse to smother you. Ground-hugging a horse doesn’t seem as much fun but who am I to judge.
In all this maybe there is forgetting about the tenets of mindfulness. It’s not my understanding to force one’s self to reach this place of mind. Rather, get there using focus and concentration with practice and techniques like labeling and being aware of a purer present.
But if you need a “Moooooo” maker then cool. Go on and get your ‘cownselor’ appointment and have a hug with a big farm animal. I’ll bet this kind of thing has been going on with Hindus forever.
Hindu culture reveres their cattle. Maybe they have a point and the secret to happiness. Moo happiness.
Personally, I can think of much better ways to spend $300. I won’t pay to have a cow or horse lay on me but someday I may enjoy such an embrace.
At least it’s safe stress relief.
The farms provide a handler for the animal and a counselor to guide the session. You can customize the experience to fit your comfort level with the cow or horse, the animal does not have to lay on you.
There are several ways to adjust interaction with the animal such as petting, playing, and going for short adventures.
Many studies have shown the benefits some get from connecting with animals that reciprocate warmth and gentle friendship. So, in this case, it might be great to: Have A Cow!
It would be awesome for kids if this could be done for fun with calves. Imagine the delight of a child hugging and rolling around with a cute calf.
Cows are wonderful.
Since I was a child it always excited me to see a cow. I lived in the city but occasionally we would drive by a pasture or farm and see cows grazing or just lying in the grass achieving the peace and tranquility most of the human race is searching for.
I’m still in awe of cows. Still, live in the city. And, still, drive-by cattle being their spectacular cow selves. I’ve petted a cow or two and my children have too.
My kids have their own amazement and joy seeing these majestic creatures as we pass them driving by.
I may be mistaken but there is a touch of mindfulness to be learned from cows. Yes, we are much more complex and do so much more but look at the peace they achieve. Can you just sit for hours in a grass field and be content to enjoy the world around you? Cows can.
They feed the world with their bodies and give billions of people milk. Some ride them and some treat them as gods. Clothes and many other things are made from their bones and skin.
These creatures are much more complex than they are given credit.
I’m not saying be a cow or even be like a cow. But someday the chance may present itself to just let all the worries of the world go and: