Dogs howl for various reasons, but it is all for one purpose. Like humans, they are communicating through the use of their voices. The howl is a point of connection. That connection is to one another in the pack, to others who may be in a different pack, and to the earth herself. Howling can be in celebration, signifying the end of a successful hunt, amongst coyotes or wolves, in essence it's the ringing of a dinner bell. It can also be expressed in a time of grief for our furry four legged friends. Howling is done to attract attention, it is done to express excitement and it is always done with great enthusiasm, regardless of the reason. The power of howling amongst dogs is signifies a deep connection both to each another and to themselves.
As humans we have much to learn from our pups, as they express with abandon where we might typically hold back. We often swallow our emotions and stop ourselves from expressing because it may not feel safe, or appropriate. Admittedly in the human world, not every moment is the perfect right moment for us to "howl" however, incorporating a practice of self expression that is about the release of energy while also connecting to the core of our emotional and spiritual nature might be a good thing for all of us to consider.
Howling is different to chanting in that when one howls there is not set language, just sound. When connected to our true emotional nature howling can free us from all sorts of burdens and shift our energy to a whole and happier space. Howling to move through grief is very healing and therapeutic. Howling to express joy releases endorphins and uplifts our senses. Howling to connect with ourselves and one another is a way to move past conversation, analysis or discussion and simply dive into the emotional reality of ourselves.
The next time you feel overwhelm on any level, or what that matter great happiness, lift your head skyward and let a primal
sound, one that existed before language, form in your belly and find its way to your lips. Connect to your emotional self and let go with a beautiful freeing howl. Howl at the moon, howl into the fire, gather friends beat a drum and howl together. Explore the power of howling and enjoy the deeper sense of oneness with all that is, that it naturally offers.
If anybody asks you what you are doing, just tell them you are connecting to your inner dog! LOL.
Peace, Love and Wufs,
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
Dina Rae and Rev Deb invite you to enjoy this curated experience. May your tails wag with satisfaction and your hearts be warmed by all that you see.