Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Quiet Powerful Shatia

Have you ever sat in the woods and watched the wildlife? It might have taken a while before you noticed how many creatures were stirring around you. If you had not been quiet, you would have passed them by. But once you noticed them, they made your heart jump with excitement. So, it was with Shatia.

Shatia, a Canadian Lynx, was generally quiet even though she was on the tour path. The Canadian Lynx are not as pretty as some of the other cats; however, what she may have lacked in outer beauty, she more than made up for with her inner beauty.

Shatia, like the other cats, had her favorite volunteers. Most of the time, you wouldn't see her unless you were a favorite, and then you would get excited when she would come out to greet you. Even though she was old and her body was tired, she loved her enrichment. It would take her a few minutes to get up from under the heavy, dense foliage which kept her cool and come to see what you had left.

It was Shatia's grace and inner landscape that had the most affect upon me. She didn't have the WOW factor that some of the other cats have at the sanctuary. But she noticed everything and everyone that passed her way. She made a difference in my life and although she has left her physical body, her spirit remains reminding us to look beyond what the eyes can see. That which has no name is what is real. That was the essence of Shatia.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Satellites Predicting Animal Extinction?

As the end of one world age is quickly coming to an end, the beginning of another world age is beginning. We are completing a long cycle of 5,125 years within a greater cycle of over 26,000 years. What is exciting is to see the advances in technology that will assist us in making different choices that are life-affirming and advance our evolution of consciousness.

One of the main problems in talking with the animals is their concern with competing resources. Humans are competing with the wild animals for the same resources that are either depleting or going extinct. We continue to encroach upon their territory, often leaving them with nowhere to go and nothing to eat. The animal will pay the price as we view them as a threat. In most of the species, the numbers are dwindling at a record pace. What are some of the solutions?

In the following article, using satellite imaging as a potential to identify the impact of the rapidly changing climate temperatures on vast wilderness areas could establish priorities of action before a species goes extinct. What opportunity does this also have to bring, from the human perspective, a spirit of cooperation to work with nature instead of controlling it? What difference would that make in our sharing instead of competing for the same resources? How many animals could we help to survive in addition to ourselves? After all, the satellite is providing information for us from a higher perspective than the one we currently have. What do you think?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Are cats the new lawnmowers?

If you have recently been out to the sanctuary, did you notice the cats eating a lot of grass? I asked a gentleman the other day why he thought Raindance was eating all the grass she could eat. She would sniff of a bunch of new springs and start chewing and then move on to the next new springs. I chuckled at his reply, "She's a lawnmower. How often do you go into their Cat-A-Tat's to mow?"

Although he had a good point, the cats are reminding us that their metabolisms mirror the transitional nature of the season. Our bodies are no different. We have forgotten that spring is the perfect time to detox the waste that we have accumulated through the winter. Everything is budding and growing again, and to assist our bodies in a natural, renewal process, it's the perfect time to especially cleanse our livers. The cats know when they eat anything green, it adds oxygen to the body. This is nature's way of keeping the internal environment healthy. So, the next time you see a cat eating grass, as you creatively think about what kind of lawnmower they remind you of, thank them for reminding us to eat our greens.