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Animal Connection



Animal connection refers to bonds, relationships, and interactions between people and animals, both between people and their animal companions and between people and animals generally. Many philosophers, mystics, and scientists have found animals, their behaviors, and their varying connections to humans to be a source of wisdom and a revelation of the divine or natural order. Current research on and experience with interspecies interaction and on alternative forms of intelligence are revealing ways we can share understanding, feeling, and communication with animals.

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What Animals Are Thinking and Feeling, and Why It Should Matter | Carl Safina | TEDxMidAtlantic

Carl Safina takes us inside the lives and minds of animals around the world, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion, showing why the word "it" is often inappropriate as we discover "who" they really are.

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Animal Sutras: Animal Spirit Stories

For Stephen Levine, “animal-people” were his greatest teachers.

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Animals and Spiritual Evolution

Animals play an essential part in the grand plan of life. Yet too often, we think of animals simply as things to serve us when in fact, they have souls and are on an evolutionary path just as we are.

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FindCenterThe animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.

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Dog Songs, Mary Oliver

A collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet's world Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Mary Oliver's dog poems offer a special window into her world.

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A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life

Dog rescue is one of the largest underground movements in America. It is also one of the least understood.

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7 Spiritual Lessons from Your Pet

Anyone who has shared their home and family with a particularly special dog, cat, or other pet is well aware of the value and joy this kind of relationship can bring into your life. Your companion animals express some of the most valuable ways of “being”, simply by being exactly who they are.

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FindCenterIn mythos and fairy tales, deities and other great spirits test the hearts of humans by showing up in various forms that disguise their divinity. They show up in robes, rags, silver sashes, or with muddy feet.

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The Human-Animal Bond | Susan Little | TEDxOStateU

Susan Little talks about the importance of human-animal bond at the 2015 TEDxOStateU event, April 10, 2015, on the Oklahoma State University campus.

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Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals

Drawing on the latest research and her own work, animal scientist and author Temple Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them, and teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.

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