The St. Paul Pioneer Press highlighted the Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter in Hastings, Minnesota, as it held a “Black Friday” sale on Friday. The shelter cut adoption fees in half for any black dogs or cats, hoping to clear out its backlog of black animals. Surprisingly, thousands of animals are killed each year in Minnesota because they are black. Black dogs and cats often go unadopted and are ultimately euthanized because of the color of their fur. Manager of Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter, Mallory Elynck believes that about half of the 20,000 animals euthanized annually in the Twin Cities are black.
Whether we are born with black hair, black fur, black skin, brown hair, fur, skin, etc., we each have the interconnected energy running through us and we each have the right to be appreciated and treated well. It is irrelevant what breed of animal, what race of human being, or what color our skin or fur; we are all interconnected and we are all capable of love. When we show love to an animal, over a period of time, that animal remembers and generally responds with love. There are countless tales of animals rescuing humans, forming bonds with humans, or forming bonds with a different species of animals. A favorite story is of “Christian the Lion” see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md2CW4qp9e8 The reality seems, that love connects us all.
Several years ago, I heard a sermon, the gist of which was that we all crave to be truly seen and appreciated. When we live with love, truly seeing those in our path, whether they are plant, animal, or human and appreciate something about their existence, we bring more joy, abundance, grace, and love into the world. It is so often that we walk through life, preoccupied with our concerns, missing out on what is presently in front of us. Moreover, we miss the opportunity to bring gratitude and appreciation into our life.
When we take the time to really see and acknowledge someone, they are momentarily benefited from the combined energy of that connection and lifted to a higher energy plane. Additionally, the person is blessed with joy for that time. When we appreciate an animal, their energy raises so much; they literally feel warmer to the touch. Try rubbing or petting a dog on the head for more than a few seconds, and you will feel their head get warmer. The love that we send out into our world not only benefits the world at large, but also comes back to us with increased love, energy, and peace.
Maybe a grand goal for 2012 is to try to truly see those in our presence, whether plant, animal, or human and send out loving thoughts and appreciation. Imagine how much better the world can be. Thank-you for reading.
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