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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kindness in the human face


During a recent work trip to New York, my husband made a presentation about how to detect different levels of intelligence in the human face. If you look at pictures of children you can see a 'natural' level of intelligence, where the whole face is engaged and you will see a lovely sparkle in the eyes. When children reach adolescence the sparkle begins to disappear - and for many this sparkle may never return to quite the same degree as you see in childhood. Some people though, seem to have re-found this sparkle through living 'spiritually intelligent'.

When asked who people find spiritually intelligent many have answered Gandhi, Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. I recently suggested primatologist and UN Peace Messenger Jane Goodall - well-known for her 45-year study of chimpanzees. Well, I might be a bit colored, but I believe that 45 years of kindness and protection of animals can be 'detected' in her face - and to me this represents someone with spiritual intelligence.

My husband used pictures of all these people in this recent presentation, and just afterwards a lady came up and told a fascinating story (I was present at this presentation). Just two days before her husband (a journalist for a major news network) had interviewed Jane Goodall in Central Park. During the interview he noticed something remarkable happen. All kinds of animals from around the park began to gather around them and wanted to be near Jane Goodall (the hairs on my arms stood up when I heard this - literally!!). After the interview he asked her about this seeming phenomenon, and Jane Goodall told him that it happens all the time where ever she is around.

This story is one of those fine pieces of evidence that animals clearly can sense and register kindness and empathy in humans. Not that I need it to be convinced... but I simply like gathering all these little eye openers for the world to see.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Eat or be eaten


Off to New York and I can't wait to feed the birds and squirrels in Cetral Park... also to see the hawks that terrorizes all the smaller mammals living in the park. They can literally stop people in their tracks when the 'preying' drama unfolds. It's both fascinating and gruesome to watch. You can't but be fascinated by the hawks and their ability to create drama, but at the same time you feel so sad for the prey. 

Particularly in these pictures above, where it's a tiny baby squirrel that becomes the feast.

I continue to wonder about this cycle of nature. Is it simply a matter of 'eat or be eaten' and survival of the fittest?

Click on the pictures or go to Pale Male - the details are truly astonishing! At Pale Male you can also see more photos from this particular drama and you simply won't believe what this photographer is able to catch with his camera.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Never be afraid to do what's right...

.Dolly - after her rescue and recovery back to health after severe mistreatment. Full story here

"Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The gentlest of souls

I have no idea who this man is, but I came across this photo at Pets of Homeless and it reminded me of a man I saw last winter...

My husband and I had just sat down in a café with a cup of coffee when we saw something truly moving unfold outside the window. A homeless man and his dog - the most precious little Jack-Russel terrier - came to a spot outside the window (on a busy shopping street) and began to 'arrange' his spot for selling magazines for the benefit of the homeless. It was really cold, so he had an old bag full of blankets and plastic sheets which he bagan to unfold. It was almost like watching a sacred ceremony. There was definetely an order to it and to top off the pile of blankets he laid a sleeping bag on top. And then what happened?? He gently lifted his little dog into the sleeping bag and began tucking the sleeping bag and blankets around him. The little dog then did his 'job' and sat there in the pile of blankets and looked SO adorable.

My husband went outside and had a little chat with the man and asked him the name of the dog and gave him a little donation for food for the dog. When my husband walked away the man bent down and tucked the money under the blanket underneath the dog.

After we'd finished our coffee I went up to the man and bought a magazine and to say hello to Max - the little dog! I have no idea of this mans destiny but he was the gentlest of souls and his kindness to his dog really left a mark in me.


Pets of Homeless is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinarian care to the homeless and less fortunate in local communities across the United States and Canada.