Chapter 4I Don’t Kill Bugs
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That’s the problem.
—Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
During a retreat I co-led in Joshua Tree, California, I worked hands-on with participants, outside, one-on-one, beneath a sheltered patio. The vast desert spread out before us, and there in the arid heat I worked six sessions in one day, something I rarely do. The only constant presence on that patio was me, but each time a woman lay down upon the table, a different animal came to the patio’s edge, the spot where the patio met the desert ...