Spring was in the air. A beautiful day full of sunshine and a slight breeze. I felt the need to be outside and in my garden, as I am a pasisonate gardener. Instead, the overpowering desire to read overwhelmed me.
“Yes,” I said to myself. “Self, you know one of your favorite places to read is right here inside, with the sliding glass doors fully open and the small garden fountain flowing.” All the different hues of a lovely garden were calling my name—a staghorn fern, some lantana, tiny tilantias were aware of me praising them and calling them by their second names. Not their horticultural names, which I never remember.
Kinship with all life by J. Allen Boone is a favorite book of mine. Life. In Life, the author wishes the reader to realize that we are all connected. All Life. All creatures, great and small, including us humans. We are able to see and appreciate this if we open out eyes and hearts.
My fingers find the chapter about the dog Strongheart, an intelligent and loving German shepherd. Strongheart now lives with a Hollywood actor foster parent. Strongheart is a valuable movie actor. Strongheart knows show biz but he is for more versatile. Teaching humans about energy and consciousness, he lovingly bestows his wisdom on others.
All of us are aware of how dogs are attracted to us or not. Do we stop and question why? Reading on and on into the book, we can understand how as humans we so often do a daily smiling of “yes” or nodding an approval on issues we do not believe in. We even go so far as to give a nice little pitter-patter on how we are totally sold on another’s worthless subject. This is acceptable fooling, to our limited thinking. But—fooling others, or fooling ourselves?
In the animal or creature world, this is totally unthinkable. We are not able to disguise ourselves by our words or actions in the animal kingdom.
Creatures know what is really in our heart. They have a wonderful knowledge, a direct line to the consciousness of others.
I read and read, on and on. I am wholeheartedly agreeing and saying “Yes, yes, yes!” in my heart.
At this very moment, a multi-hued hummingbird flies from my garden and past the sliding glass door to where I sit, book in hand. One foot from my face he makes contact with me, eye to eye, stays a few multiseconds, assuring me we are on the same page. Then he flies back outdoors.
That hummingbird’s confirmation that we have a kinship with all Life will life in my heart forever. I remain thrilled.
— Jan Judson Costa, guest story contributor
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