Mindrolling – Raghu Markus & David Silver – Ep. 138 – Animal Wisdom with Dr. Linda Bender

Animal Wisdom

David chats with Dr. Linda Bender, an advocate, author and educator in the sacred connection shared by humans, animals and nature.

Dr. Linda talks about the reality of our connection to all animals – the root word of animal is “animus” which means soul.

Dr. Linda says, “When we name and have a relationship with that being – be it a dog or a cat – we recognize that being as an individual – we get to know that individual and that individual becomes special. We are all here together as one and we have a sacred connection to all life.”

David quotes from her book, Animal Wisdom: ”We get to know who we are as human beings when we see the reflection of ourself in the eyes of a being that is not human.”

Animals have psychic abilities – things happen that cannot be explained logically.
How do fish instantly move and never bump into each other – how does homing in birds work?

Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.”

How are we doing in that department?

Episode Recommendations:

Dr. Linda Bender’s Website

Dr. Bender’s book Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (Sacred Activism)


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