Today, I’m going to do something slightly unusual and refer to a post of mine at one of my other blogs, Berkeley, Naturally, entitled:
Although my posts there are nature oriented, all the posts there arise from my great love of our natural world, and especially the creatures that inhabit it. And today’s post has a particularly moving story about a wise wounded mother fox and the compassion of a woman who encounters it.
As the narrator of the story says, there’s so much more to animals than meets the eye, and this is something I’ve seen and experienced my whole life. Again and again, I’ve seen and proved that if we come to animals with a wide open mind, free of limiting expectations, and with great love, the wall of separation between us and other beings breaks down. We see more of what animals really are, not what we expect them to be.
Amazing things can happen. Animals can show qualities and intelligences we usually only attribute to humans, in our pride and blindness to what may be hidden in plain sight, right in front of us.
And it works both ways. Animals have great good from their own side. They can bring out the best out in us! Animals can make us more human! We see that all the time with pets, but I’ve also seen it in wild animals and in nature.
As I showed in the post The Compassion of the Swans, animals can also show amazing qualities of goodness to other animals. It’s not always “nature red of tooth and claw.”
So, take a look at Grey Fox in Strawberry Canyon and a Mother Fox’s Wisdom. The qualities of loving-kindness and wisdom are not limited to humans. How we think about and treat animals is a measure of our own spiritual evolution, and animals have much to teach us, as we see them with great loving-kindness and attention.