Archive for December, 2011

Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, Awesome, Smiling New Year to All Kindred Spirits

 

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Best wishes for a healthy, happy, peaceful, enlightening and awesome New Year to all my Kindred Spirits! May your New Year be blessed with inner and outer smiles and may you be able to share that joy with all beings!  By sharing our inner and outer smile and  joy with all beings we are actually part of the change, creating a healthier, happier world!  When we smile, it actually causes positive changes in our neurophysiology thereby creating more happiness for us and then for others.

I hope you have enjoyed the first year of the Kindred Spirits Project blog and that it brought joy into your life.  This has been just the beginning of helping to transform society  into a healthier, happier, more compassionate global community.  Thank you for your support, feedback and insights in 2011 and for 2012.   Let us all work and play together creating the loving, compassionate global multi-species, trans-species family that we inherently know that this world can be.

Blessings to you all! Chat in the New Year! Share and spread the cosmic Smile that transcends all beings!

 

P.S.  If any of these  photo’s require acknowledgement or credit to a particular person, company or whomever, please let me know and I will be glad to credit you or remove this beautiful sharing if desired.  Much gratitude to you, whomever,  for creating such  heartfelt photographs that brings joy to so many!

Celebrating the New Year With All Families, Inner and Outer

Celebration by Tom DuBois

Celebration by Tom DuBois

Celebrating and bringing in the New Year with beloved family members can nourish old bonds, heal old wounds, create new experiences and allow for support for future endeavors. Hearing, seeing and watching so many family members flying all over to connect with others families stimulated thoughts in my mind about the families closer to us as well as deeper concepts of family.  Hearing of different perspectives on the holidays, gift-giving and receiving and the “mind traffic” that can occur based on different belief systems and philosophies about this holiday season helped me appreciate all the different mind universes that live together on this planet.   Recently, I shared in a previous post about inter-species families with gorilla’s as well as all the varied species that share my sanctuary with me.

Today I came across a beautiful commentary that spoke to me regarding all these  varied observations and interactions of what family means.  This commentary is from one of my favorite books, “Glimpse After Glimpse, Daily Reflections on Living and Dying” (Harper SanFrancisco, 1995) by Sogyal Rinpoche, the author of the renowned book “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”.  Sogyal writes:

“Just as the ocean has waves, and the sun has rays, so the mind’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions.  The ocean has waves, yet the ocean is not particularly disturbed by them.  The waves are the very nature of the ocean.  Waves will rise, but where do they go? Back into the ocean.  And where do the waves come from?  The ocean.

In the same manner, thoughts and emotions are the radiance and expression of the very nature of the mind.  They rise from the mind, but where do they dissolve? Back into the mind. Whatever rises, do not see it as a particular problem.  If you do not impulsively react, if you are only patient, it will once again settle into its essential nature.

When you  have this understanding, then rising thoughts only enhance your practice. But when you do not understand what they intrinsically are…the radiance of the nature of your mind….then your thoughts become the seed of confusion. So have a spacious, open, and compassionate attitude toward your thoughts and emotions, because in fact, your thoughts are your family, the family of your mind. Before them, as Dudjom Rinpoche used to say: “Be like an old wise man, watching a child play.”"

Upon reading this commentary this morning, I had a totally expanded concept of family, from our inner family to our outer family of all beings on mother earth and beyond.  The inner family of our thoughts and emotions are an integral  foundation for how we relate to ourselves and all other beings.  Our thoughts and emotions which radiate naturally from us allow us to perceive and experience family in so many varied ways.  Once we recognize that, we have the opportunity to embrace a more loving compassionate  perspective on all our families, inner and outer, from our thoughts to a bloodline family to friends and to all beings that we share mother earth with.  Once we appreciate all these levels of family, we can create a more harmonious, compassionate world, again, both inner and outer. Thereby, we can have a huge impact on the health and happiness of the planet through the impact that these compassionate action steps, of cultivating our loving thoughts and emotions, can have on the conscious and emotional commons and on global coherence.  Through our positive thoughts and emotions we are making a difference in the world, thought by thought, moment by moment.  These positive thoughts and emotions can be greater gifts to our families than any material gifts.  There is great truth in the saying that the greatest gift one can offer is  being”presence” for the other being, rather than physical “presents”.

One of my many wishes for all  kindred spirits for the New Year is that may we all be blessed with a loving, peaceful, healthy, awakening, fun family of inner thoughts and emotions and may they all be blessings to all other outer family members that truly transcend all labels!

Kindred Spirits Wishes for a Joyous Completion of 2011

My sister sent me this email that appears to be passing around the internet. It seems quite appropriate for this blog at this time.  Pictures and captions regarding the human animal bond and inter-species connections always stimulate a smile.  The joyous smile then subsequently creates a change in our neurotransmitters and neurohormones and thereby positive shifts in our behaviors and actions that fill us and thereby others with joy.  May these photographs bring joy to your hearts and your families as the dynamic year of 2011 comes to a conclusion.
Blessings for a joyous New Year and may all your positive intentions manifest in ways beyond your wildest imagination and may they all be of benefit to all beings!

 


Here is my last month of 2011 wishes for YOU.
May you ALWAYS make the right move
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May your cup runneth over with love
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MAY YOU ALWAYS FIND SHELTER FROM ANY STORM
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May you remain good looking and looking good.
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May you find the perfect diet for your body and your soul.
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May you find perfect balance in the company you keep.
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May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop.
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May the worst thing that happens to you come in slobbery pink and furry TAN.
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May  you  manage  to  MAKE  time  for  Time Out!
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May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind.

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May you always know when to walk away… and when to RUN!

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AND MAY YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY ALWAYS BRING YOU JOY
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May the last bit of 2011
be your BEST month EVER!!!
May this time only hold good health, success, growth, wealth and happiness for u and your loved ones!
May God bless you and your loved ones every day!!

P.S.  If this photographic composite requires acknowledgement or credit to a particular person, company or whomever, please let me know and I will be glad to credit you or remove this beautiful sharing if desired.  Much gratitude to you, whomever,  for creating such a heartfelt composite that brings joy to so many!

Celebrate the Holidays with All Beings: A Special Gorilla Connection

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After a few week hiatus from writing about  insights on the kindred spirits project blog due to a “time-challenged”  schedule of seeing my horse, dog and cat patients,  there are so many exciting and interesting perspectives I would like to share with all of you.  I would like to begin this renewed sharing with a video that brought such joy to my heart. It feels especially appropriate for this holiday season, illustrating the connection between all beings that transcends words.

This video of  a  Gorilla Connection, where an ecotourist  visiting them in their endangered sanctuary in Uganda demonstrates to me how if we all can shift our hearts and minds to be in an inner place of love wherever possible, what miracles can occur.  They have chosen to introduce a complete stranger to their intimate family of parents and children.  Wherever I go, I find that if we come from a place of inner peace and quiet, without fear, animals of all species gradually warm up to us and treat us as one with them.  I am blessed to share my small sanctuary with two family of deer who give birth, one to one fawn and one to twins every year underneath my deck.  A pair of Anna’s hummingbirds stay all winter around my cabin sitting in the dead arbutus tree branches or on top of the douglas firs and sip the nectar from the yellow oregon grape flowers.  Eagles, otters, seals, herons, flickers, junko’s, chicadee’s, quail, raccoon, and many other families reside on, above, below or around my sanctuary.  As we all get to know each other throughout the various seasons, we come to accept all living together comfortably without fear.  As I fill the bird feeder, the birds are all inches away on the branches chirping to me as if to say “thank you and hurry up please”.  When I sit in a chair outside, the hummingbirds will come fly right in front of my face and look at me eye to eye.  We can truly live in a garden of eden if we choose to.  It is simply a choice to create a sanctuary around us and within us that nurtures a compassionate life with all beings, beyond all labels and species.

In this time of celebration of the winter solstice,  Christmas, Chanukah, the shifting of seasons, let us celebrate not only with our immediate family, but with the larger family of all beings, two-legged, four-legged and winged.  Let us expand our compassion web to integrate a fun, loving relationship and rejoice in a much more expansive view of family!  Yes, we are all family, in one small neighborhood, mother earth!

Wishing you all a joyous, healthy, peaceful, prosperous, fun, enlightening and awesome holiday season and New Year!

Blessings from your kindred spirit,

Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM

Keep A Child Alive: A Compassionate World

As the world turns, pain and suffering is evident daily.  In honor of World AIDS Day and the noble and achievable goal of eliminating AIDS within this generation, Showtime premiered “Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys”.  It is a heart wrenching documentary providing a closeup view of how people are surviving through this pandemic.  Alicia Keys, a  grammy award winning music superstar and AIDS activist guides us through some of her ground level support activities in South Africa with her organization, Keep A Child Alive.   I was  honored to be invited to a special movie premiere of this riveting documentary at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on November 29.  This event was reviewed in the news the following day.  Bono also appeared that evening in support of Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys and Dr. Schoen

Alicia Keys and Dr. Schoen

I was so touched by the courage of so many in the film. After watching the movie,  I had the opportunity to briefly share my thoughts and ideas about  the possibility of integrating the health benefits of the human animal bond into some of her projects.  I felt that amidst all the pain and sorrow, perhaps sharing their lives with animal companionship could provide some healing from the emotional pain in the hearts of so many orphans from this pandemic.  It might provide them with the unconditional love that our kindred spirits can provide.  It might also offer them loving companionship and supportive hugs that they might not receive otherwise.

In keeping with the theme of the kindred spirits project goal of creating a more compassionate world, Alicia Keys and Bono are surely doing far more than their share of compassionate care for so many in Africa and India.  I believe that as more orphanages, humane shelters and refuges for all beings integrate the health benefits of the human animal bond, there is the opportunity for even deeper healing of the emotional and psychological wounds that so many suffer from.  As the cycle of giving and receiving with our animal companions heals so many wounds, it also increases the awareness of compassion for all beings and how that can make this world a bit brighter, happier and healthier, being by being.  Kudos to Alicia Keys and Bono!

 

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