I cannot remember a time without the love of an animal companion (or several!) in my life. I cannot remember a time outside the presence of the companionship of all beings, surrounding me. Beloved ones have come and gone for me, for well over 50 years. I remember each of their faces, personalities, whims, touch, and these days, gratefully, I remember their unique teachings.
I understand that these magnificent beings live in relationship with us, love us, guide and protect us, and teach us respect for all life forms with equanimity, with their unique way of mirroring us, at our best and at our worst. I trust that if we pay attention, they will assist us to be our best human selves. If we learn to look, listen, and practice observing our own arrogance, we might begin to grasp a small notion of innate, unconditional love, and just perhaps may even lean ever so slightly in that direction
Blessed for the past 18 years to be raised by three magnificent golden retrievers, first one, then three, then two, then one, now none, with my husband Rick Amendola, I have come home to the best parts of myself. Through the teachings of our last one standing, Fletcher, who left us in July of this year, I have surrendered into my boldest passion, highest gift, and my life mission.
It saddens and befuddles me how in these times of great evolution and awakening for humankind, we miss the sense that all other life forms are evolving and awakening, too. You need only to look into your animal companion's eyes to know that this is so. The relationship is about helping each other in the practice and process, at this most perfect and auspicious now in which you have come together.
If you do look into their eyes, and listen to the voice of their heart, they will sing to you of so many things: how the flowers are the continuing evolution of plants; nuts, the continuing evolution of trees; moss, the continuing evolution of stone; honey, the continuing evolution of bees.
Perhaps the animals themselves may be the continuing evolution of our own human heart.
Awakening isn't a mind thing, so stop trying to think it into being. It's a heart thing. Open up.
I wish the very best for you.