TEDxMaui 2013 and Dogs
Many of you are familiar with Ted Talks. They are inspiring and have been best described as “brain spas”. But what does TEDxMaui and dogs have to do with one another?
Life on Maui with Dogs
I did not attend last year’s TEDxMaui because I did not live here. I moved to Maui from the Big Island Hawaii in August 2012. Since making that decision I found the true Aloha of Hawaii here on Maui. And yes, that does include dogs as well.
I get the opportunity to start all over again on this island of Maui and in doing so I’ve put more meaning, more purpose, more joy into what I do with dogs over the last 14 years. Ultimately for me, that means I inspire people to understand how dogs think and learn and develop a relationship of understanding and joy versus miscommunication, frustration and love/hate relationships.
I get to inspire people to realize that we truly do become what we think about and are an amalgamation of the 5 people (including dogs) we spend the most time with.
I get to inspire people to get out and have fun and enjoy the small things each and every day we have on Maui with our dogs. I get to show people how dogs can truly forgive quickly, get excited about the same old tennis ball, or a beach walk.
Getting excited like it was the greatest day ever more often brings sparks of inspiration to live with purpose with what we already have right in front of us.
And I have found that when joy and passion start to fire up, great things happen.
Lollipop Moments & Treats
We tend to offer our dogs treats when they’ve done something good.
We tend to offer them treats when we want them to feel happy about themselves, and in doing so we feel happy ourselves.
We give them treats because it lights our own eyes up as a reflection of our dog’s eyes to see the combination of gratitude and satisfaction from knowing they did something right to the definite feeling that we are pleased about it.
Why is it that we don’t do that for the people around us?
Why don’t we tell people how happy we are when we see them attempt to do something new? Why don’t we acknowledge how important small steps to a better place?
Have you ever had someone say something or do something that fundamentally made your life better? Have you ever told that person they did it? i.e. it’s a big treat!!
*Ted Talk shown at TEDXMauiSalon as we discussed this year’s 20 speakers here on Maui
I had the pleasure of attending a TEDxMauiSalon and the short evening was so inspiring to me I was amazed. Many people I have met on this wonderful Island were there and every one of them had the words that TEDxMaui 2012 changed their lives.
I cannot wait. I’m imagining great things for myself and everyone else at TEDxMaui 2013.
And by the way, after that short salon TEDx session, I was invited to New York City as the fitness/behavior trainer in the DogTread Canine Gym at this year’s Westminster Dog Show!
After “The Dream is Real” …. well, keep checking back. You’ll see!
To purchase tickets for TEDxMaui 2013: The Dream is Real, contact the MACC’s Box Office at 808-242-SHOW (7469) or go to http://www.mauiarts.org
Jt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people. Her uncanny way of communication with both dogs and people is healing and her training is effective physically and emotionally. Her work at ReVIBE | Dogs + Joy + Vibrance is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is a dog whisperer for our best friends, specializing in private training and dog retreats, studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication. Her latest publications are Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.