The city is full of heroes. People who collect abandoned animals, pay for their medical care, and find
them homes. People changing legislation and our
collective treatment of animals (including banning
the sale of animals from mills, the sale of fur, the de-clawing of cats, and supporting mandatory spay and
neuter). People whose mission it is to educate others
about compassion towards animals. We could easily
fill pages featuring their work, their convictions, their
commitments, and the results of their efforts.
This month, we highlight Best Friends Animal Society and their NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) movement
for their revolutionary accomplishments in the arena
of animal rescue. Through a combination of clear vision and focused action, we are moving towards a
world where all animals are provided sanctuary until
they find homes. On another front, The Gentle Barn
is a local organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and
houses farm animals who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned. There is something about
the love of a rescued animal which cannot be underestimated, as I have experienced myself (many
of you have seen my rescue maltipoo Lulu in photos or in person). I encourage anyone looking for
a pet to consider visiting one of the many local shelters.
On the Ayurvedic front, some of the most important Ayurvedic herbs in the pantry can also be used
for cats and dogs. According to Ayurveda, some of the rituals we have around health can also be
incorporated in the lives of our companions.
Caring for an animal is a type of discipline, a topic close to the heart of Yogi Cameron. Born in
Iran, he moved to London to attend boarding school. As a young adult, he became a fashion model
before he discovered the teachings of yoga and Ayurveda. Now, through his two books, a television
show on the Veria Lifestyle Network, and his connection with students, he demonstrates the power
of his own practice.
We surround ourselves every day with ritual. Whether or not it is intentional, the act and art of
ritual drives the rhythms of our lives. Shiva Rea shares the art of seasonal ritual—the journey of
connecting our habits to the flow of nature. In our relationship with Spring, we have the chance
for renewal on all levels. And if we’re completing a marathon, retreating to our mat, or running
ourselves ragged, we might want to keep close at hand Dr. Jeremy Brook’s cross-training inspired
suggestions for recovery, Rita Trieger’s therapeutic yoga poses, Yogi Cameron’s daily practices, and
Red Jen Ford’s mineral-rich carrot top pesto.
In all of the ways that our lives are rituals, with the heroic embedded in the ordinary, may we live
with greater compassion and kindness, for ourselves, for each other, for everyone who shares this
city and this earth.