Animal Odd Couples


 
Photograph of Kate, the Dog, and the DeerThe Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) premiered a remarkable documentary recently on an episode of their Nature program titled “Animal Odd Couples,” about unlikely animal cross-species relationships.  The featured animal relationships baffle the scientific mind. But to the spiritual mind, there can be no doubt that divine love underlies and binds these seemingly strange relationships.  

I think human beings can learn a lot from these odd animal couples, and, in the process, discover about the compassion, companionship, friendship, and love that abound and flourish even in the animal world.  It can be an eye-opener about how the lion can lay down with the lamb in peace and harmony . . . one day.

Here is the Nature episode’s promotional description.

      Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions. Animal Odd Couples premiered Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

You can watch the full episode of “Animal Odd Couples” online at the PBS site.

 

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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in over 30 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation. Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways, enabling others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning the Truth teaching and living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area in a classroom, lecture, workshop or group practice setting, for over fifteen years. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing through the practice of contemplation or meditation, as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. He remains firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.
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