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.

 

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of the mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of individual work (study and practice) and personal unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission.   Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s.   Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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