Animals are capable of so much more than humankind often gives them credit for. Things like intelligence. Love. A moral compass. And even gratitude and reverence.
A few months ago, I talked more about this in my article on the four truths of animal sentience. What’s so amazing is that as we continue to witness animals’ very real range of emotions in the wild, we can choose to learn from them, to be inspired by their heartful, compassionate souls.
When animals are rescued, for instance, they often give big, loving “thank yous” to their rescuers. Here are just a few examples of animals showing gratitude (be prepared to smile!):
Today I want to share about a subject close to my heart: compassionate conservation. Not too many people talk about this peaceful approach to conservation (though I hope they start), but recent heartbreaking stories in the news remind me, yet again, just how desperately all animals need better protections worldwide.
Managing wildlife populations is complicated; I get that. But the international field of compassionate conservation helps us to stay true to our ethics when it comes to solving problems where killing healthy animals in the name of conservation or cost concerns seems to be the only viable answer (case in point: the 44,000 captive wild horses the Bureau of Land Management just voted to kill). The foundational principle behind compassionate conservation is “first do no harm.” Imagine if more governments and agencies let this belief guide them in situations of human-animal conflict—more animal lives might be saved!
Last week I finally launched my newly redesigned Animal Reiki Source website (yay!). I’ve wanted to do this for years, but I kept putting it off for some very real reasons: because I thought I didn’t have the time (I didn’t), because I wasn’t tech-savvy at all (confession: I’m still not), and because I thought it would cost me a fortune (it wasn’t exactly cheap, but I was able to find experts to work within my budget).
Before this redesign came to be, I made small updates here and there over the years. But as time wore on, something kept bothering me in the back of my mind: My site, which launched way back before smartphones became ubiquitous, was seriously showing its age. And I began to wonder if my “vintage” website (to put it nicely) might actually be getting in the way of my work connecting people and animals with Reiki.