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Saturday, June 25, 2011

For the Sake of All Earthkind

     For the Sake of All Earthkind may more and more human beings no longer accept, and speak out against, the exploitation and cruelty involved in the killing of healthy and beautiful non-humans of all kinds

    May the growing toxicity and overheating of the oceans through pollution by industrial waste and the discarded excess of human consumerism be addressed with firm resolve and cooperative agreements. May these agreements immediately reduce the most dangerous and pervasive pollutants, including heavy metals and plastics of all kinds.

          May a heart-awakening to the intrinsic indivisibility of all forms of life on earth move humanity to find sustainable means to preserve the marvelous multiplicity and beauty and grandeur of the life of the oceans and land.

May it be so,

Real fearlessness is the product of our tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your raw and beautiful heart.-Chogyam Trungpa

One of the main attributes of social intelligence is the inclination towards kindness and one of the main ingredients for kindness is empathy, the ability to feel for those around you.  When we give someone (human or non human) our full attention --connection follows and kindness and generosity often follow from there.
Interestingly, researchers have found that people who are kind are also happier.  The effects of kindness towards others are 'causal'.....kindness actually causes us to be happier and more satisfied with our lives.
I think all of us can relate that when we become self involved and our worries take center stage we become stressed out!
"One of the healthiest things a person can do is to step back from self-preoccupation and self-worry, as well as from hostile and bitter emotions," writes altruism expert Stephen Post.  "There is no more obvious way of doing this than focusing attention on helping others."
In my own experience I have noticed that often, people who are able to be abusive to animals and children tend to be people who are very self involved with little or no developed ability to care for or have empathy for others. 
Kindness and empathy are ways of being that are taught by modeling and nurtured into being.  Anytime a young person is exposed to someone being kind there is the potential for that ability to grow within them.  Equally when they are exposed to someone who is self involved that is what they learn.
So each time any of us are expressing kindness towards a non-human or human we are making a difference toward a world more kind, a world more gentle, a world more inclusive.

Wishing you all a tickled and beautiful heart,
Love Benny and Raven

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Benny Enjoying a Sprinkler

Yes, that is our boy Benny putting his face in a sprinkler!  I feel at times lately like I want to put my face in a sprinkler too....or my head in the sand.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by how many incredibly beautiful, sensitive, and loving animals are killed  each day.  I am not talking about animals who are in horrible pain, I am talking about healthy animals.
I sometimes feel overwhelmed with sadness by way too many people casually breeding their dogs without understanding what happens to those puppies they can't find homes for.
We have a nice word for where we take the dogs and cats we can't find homes for, we call it a 'shelter.'  Just the word 'shelter' sounds nice doesn't it?  Sounds like a comforting and safe place.  Its what we want to believe.  But, what if we were honest?  What if we actually called this place something that actually described where we were dropping animals off?  Names like, "Euthanasia Kennel, a place where your animal has a week before being killed."  Or, "Death Camp".  Would it then be as easy to say, "oh, if I can't sell these puppies I will just drop them off at the Death Camp".  Or," well if we can't sell these kittens we'll just take them to the Euthanasia Kennel to be killed."
I truly believe if we were more honest in our language that changing our use of killing animals as a solution would become less and less tolerable because we would be admitting what we were doing.  I actually think that we need to stop using the word 'Shelter' (unless a place truly is a shelter) and we need to start using accurate words. 
When people bring an animal into a 'shelter' and are given false reassurances about the possibility of this animal finding a home it continues the cycle of deception which continues the cycle of killing. I think it would be far kinder for the person at the counter to say, honestly, "There is a 60% chance we will be unable to place your dog.  Your dog will be here one week before being killed." 
    What really happens to dogs and cats when they enter a 'shelter':
-   The ASPCA estimates that 5 out of 10 shelter dogs and 7 out of 10 shelter cats are euthanized annually across the nation in large part because the number of animals entering shelters is far greater than the number of animals that are adopted from shelters.
May Dogs and Cats not be casually breed,
May Dogs and Cats be spayed and neutered,
May Dogs and Cats find loving homes,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Love Creates Change

Sometimes to be fiercely angry is necessary and healthy.  Anger is one of the ways we deal with things that must be changed.  I am not talking about petty anger.  I am talking about anger that rises out of Love.   To make changes we must become sensitive to how things really are in the world.  Many of us struggle with parental messages telling us to stop being difficult, so we suppress our emotions in order to not create an unpleasant atmosphere.  If we follow these parental dictates then we will at some point cease to be capable of healthy anger or even the expression of anger in healthy ways.  One of the consequences of this is that whatever is going on in the world will seem fine and we will be exploitable.  We will go along with the negative and destructive forces of society.
We must be capable of anger and sensitivity in the face of subhuman behavior.  We must express this healthy anger in creative and 'awareness' producing ways or growth will not occur.
Do not agree to being exploitable.
Love is alive when one is in touch with their own  fear, anger, sadness and happiness.....and Love is more than all of these emotions.  Love is strong.......and one must be strong to speak up about and respond to people who are numb in their feeling and thus capable of being cruel and destructive.
We must continue to speak up for all of the voiceless non-humans, our oceans and all life within them, trees, bees, dogs, cats, flowers.....
We must continue to speak up for all the vulnerable humans, children, mentally ill, elderly, homeless.....
Love creates change and sometimes the anger that rises out of love is the fuel needed to continue.

Wishing you all aliveness in love,