Muse – Jane Goodall

jane goodall

Photo: Michael Nichols/National Geographic

I know it’s to be expected—an animal lover who looks up to Jane Goodall. Still, I want to share my gratitude for her and what she has done for the collective psyche in relation to animals, their role in our world and the interconnectedness of all beings. I just finished her book, Reason For Hope, and I’m deeply touched. Through her life and work she has been carried by a spiritual life that’s both rooted in her own tradition and stretched by life’s experiences, a larger worldview and her connection to nature. Even through the darkest of times, she finds the strength to lean towards the light and find reason for hope. I’m in awe of her bravery—especially as a young woman—driven by a steady internal desire to work with animals, she ventures into the African wilderness. She entered this new territory with little fear, despite all the unknown. I had a dream last night that I was called to walk through the forest in the night and I was too afraid. One of her favorite things to do was walk through the forest alone, guided only by the moonlight. What an ultimate act of surrender! Even with some of the inherent dangers associated with the wild, dangers that would cripple most of us, she entered with an awareness and reverence for all animals—so called safe or dangerous—that I believe offered her protection and guidance. I’m left wanting more and have happily discovered she has written many books. Next up is, Hope for Animals and Their World.

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