Humility, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives

Just for today, I will be humble. The third Reiki precept. Humility is perhaps best defined by what it is not, rather than what it is. My dictionary defines Humility as the state or quality of being humble, conscious of one’s defects or shortcomings; not proud or self-assertive; modest, unpretentious. Humble comes […]

The Penguin

Once upon a time, many years ago and in a distant country, I was responsible for the death of a penguin. As a teenager, I lived on the seacoast edge of Argentina’s Patagonia for a year, with my family. When we prepared to return to the States, I wanted something uniquely Argentine […]

Unseen and Seen, the Red-tail Hawk

                Sitting outside, quiet and calm I did not see you Until you took flight. Silent, hidden in the leaves and dappled light, Movement caught my eye As you fell into a glide, Wings outstretched. Swooping low over the meadow, Strong beats to gain height […]

Worry, Reiki, & Animals’ Perspectives

“Just for today, I will not worry.” The second Reiki Precept. Like the first Precept about anger, this one encourages us to be fully present as a clear conduit for the flow of healing Reiki energy. What is worry but another name for fear? Do we ever worry that things will turn […]

Anger, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives

“Just for today, I will not anger.” The first Reiki Precept. On first hearing, I transmuted the words to “… I will not anger others,” but then realized that no one can make anyone else angry. We (or someone else) can be the spark that ignites anger, but the emotion comes from […]

Tortoise Talk

Thirteen plates on a turtle or tortoise shell, one for each moon cycle in the year. Turtles are among the most ancient beings still living on the earth, and have significance in cultures around the world. Earth is Turtle Island in Native American traditions. A land turtle – tortoise – moves with […]

Deer Antlers

Our dog’s nose led us to the buck, on a grassy slope surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Two curved roads intersected nearby. Scavengers had been at work on his tawny body. He had been a handsome buck. His antlers rose in graceful arcs, forked into eight prongs. Surprisingly large ears identified him as […]

Snake Guards the Answer

The garter snake on the palm of my hand looks at me with round black eyes. His forked tongue flicks in and out. At eye level, we regard each other. Then, satisfied, he crawls across my hand and onto my forearm. I marvel at the way his cool belly scales undulate in […]

Hush and Waiting

“What’s going on?” I’ve heard that question often lately, from others as well as myself. In my “observer” mode, I notice a new clarity to the shape and hue of leaves, the feel of air, the way sunlight slants through clouds to spotlight something. I notice silence – not the profound, dead […]

Grief and Letting Go #2: When Hospital and Animals in Rehabilitation Die

The desk bell rings. An Animal Control officer stands there, an animal carrying carton between her hands. Inside is an injured opossum, or a trio of orphaned baby raccoons. A pair of burly electricians tenderly hands over an electrical box. Nesting material bristles from it, surrounding three or four fledglings. A typical […]

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi
"There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings – we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and live freely, and we all share this planet together." - attributed to Gandhi
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