As a long standing member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, I was delighted to receive my newsletter, replete with the musings of Charlie Russell. Ngaio Hotte writes a great account of some experiences, thoughts and philosophies. And there are many gems within the text that were well worth the read. However, I came away with a profound feeling of being connected with the passage the accompanies the last photo. In its simplest form it is akin to carrying a smile instead of a frown.
"As the Grizzly teaches us, a lack of love, understanding, and compassion creates a creature to be feared: a a shift in our emotional response creates a creature to be enjoyed."The manner in which we view bears, as fearful, sets up the relationship on the wrong path. The passage above contemplates relationships, all of them, are a direct reflection of the love, understanding and compassion that living beings can (and need to) express - wild animals included. This deep spiritual connection is what many aboriginal and native people refer to that puzzles members of some other cultures.
Source: Alberta Society of Professional Biologists