All Things Wild and Wonderful
All beings are precious; those we bring into our homes as animal companions and those that must stay wild to survive. Both are teachers and guides. I learned a lot about wildlife volunteering at a wildlife rescue organization on Long Island. Those beings able to be released back into the wild after rehabilitation were treated with 'wild respect'. You didn't engage them with eye contact, you didn't talk to them. Most of all, you never tried to touch them, unless it was life-saving or necessary to rehabilitate them. You cleaned their cages, gave them fresh water or food. No more. Have you ever said, "I want one of those!"? (Baby raccoon, bats, squirrels, and more) The gentle answer is, "No you don't." We've critically misinterpreted our need to connect as entitlement to own. All being are precious and the wild ones deserve their freedom. Where is your wild heart yearning to be free? What would 'wild respect' look like for you?