animals and spiritual discipline

“I have always had a deep love for animals, and could never understand when others mistreated them, or were indifferent to them. I know I have often felt my spirit diminished by their indifference.

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Any spiritual discipline, in any tradition, invites us to open our hearts and minds. This invitation represents an on going exercise; the desire and attempt to open to others in our midst are the essence of the spiritual process.Animals can lead us spiritually in a variety of ways. They can teach us about death, participate in our social and moral development, enhance our physical and psychological well-being, and heighten our capacity to love and to experience joy.

11 thoughts on “animals and spiritual discipline

  1. Well put. I’ve never understood how someone could dislike or just not care about animals. They’re the most innocent beings on this planet and are capable of bringing so much joy into your life, I’ve never understood how anyone could just reject that. (By the way I love the picture).

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