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Pets And Spirituality In an extremely impersonal, complex and technologically oriented time period, animals - and our pets (animal companions) in particular, serve as important links with the natural world...the world of nature from which we have evolved. All human beings were once part of an agrarian or agriculturally based society, which lived in harmony and in close proximity to the Earth and in whose lives the planet Earth played an extremely powerful, if not pivotal role. All human beings were inextricably linked to the natural world and to all living creatures. Somehow, in today's world we seem to have lost our way and our identities as spiritual beings above all else. We have transferred the importance we traditionally placed on Nature to our own achievements - technological, architectural, mechanical, medical, industrial. So many of us are unaware of our connection to and relationship with Nature, even though we may on occasion experience and reflect upon her extraordinary complexity and beauty and with increasing frequency astoundingly experience the great and terrible power generated by tornadoes, cyclones, earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, tsunamis, etc. We instead are focused upon the external, scintillating, superficial and material, a world of commerce and gadgetry and gimmickry. We have lost sight of the fact that we are all a part of the world of nature and the Creative Force, which is responsible for the whole of life, and all living creatures. We live apart from one another - lonely, detached and isolated - unable to deeply or even genuinely communicate with others, incapable of sharing heartfelt and meaningful relationships, or to truly grasp and real comprehension of love and gratitude. There are many among us, however, who find real love, affection, friendship and companionship, camaraderie and loyalty through the animal companions we adopt - those with whom we forge a powerful bond and with whom we share our hearts, our lives and our homes. Today, for many of us, our animal companions are our only or most important link with the world of nature. They teach us lessons about our own spirit and spirituality and the spirit, which permeates the whole of life. Through their very existence, pure-of-heart, full of love, and vulnerable, they teach us important lessons about the delicate balance and enormous power of the earth. Through their very existence and our proximity to them, we come to recognize that the greatest, most enduring gifts life has to offer are not material but, rather, spiritual. Innate in human beings is a reverence and feeling of awe and upliftment when we are in contact with the natural world: the deep blue oceans and lakes; a cascading waterfall; a clear, starlit sky; a snow-covered mountain peak; a glistening glacier; a verdant meadow in bloom and ablaze with wildflowers. We find healing, serenity, peace and renewal in nature. We somehow sense that there is a Greater Power Who has created and is manifest in all living beings. Through recognition of this Greater Power or Creative Force, we are able to discover that we are far more than our mere 3 physical minds or bodies. We are the Power that motivates them. DIANE POMERANCE received her Ph.D. in Communications in 1979 from the University of Michigan, and has written the highly acclaimed children's nonfiction book on pet loss, "When Your Pet Dies" which teaches children how to cope with and recover from the loss of a beloved companion animal as well as those inevitable losses in life. She is also the author of "Animal Companions: Your Friends, Teachers & Guides", "Animal Companions: In Our Hearts, Our Lives & Our World.", Animal Elders: Caring About Our Aging Animal Companions", "Finding Peace After the Loss of a Loved Animal Companion", and her most recent book "Pet Parenthood: Adopting the Right Animal Companion for You." Dr. Pomerance counsels those mourning the loss of a beloved companion animal. As a writer, teacher, counselor and animal lover, she recognizes that the loss of a pet can be devastating to adults as well as children. For over 25 years, she has also worked in a wide variety of capacities in the entertainment industry both in New York and Los Angeles, including production work with such programs as NBC's Sports shows "NFL."
"Pets And Spirituality"