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Prayer Circle for Animals Weekly Update
May 19, 2014

Our prayers for all animals continue to circle the earth, to uplift humanity's consciousness, and to bless the animals themselves. Thank you for joining people around the world who are praying this prayer in many different languages but all with the same love:


My Cow Neighbors
When we moved into our rural home 8 years ago, there was a 5 acre lot just to the west of us.  Our house was only about 100 yards from the fence line. About 4 years ago, a young couple built a house on the 5 acres.  Recently they brought 12 cows to their property.  Most mornings I greet them from my front porch, because one of their favorite hangouts is under the trees by our fence. They are literally my next door neighbors and my friends. These cows are so precious and so full of personality.  They seem to enjoy my singing and conversing with them about the day.  When I am with them I banish thoughts of their fate from my mind, because I just want to share joy with them.
From Joy to Tears
However, as they get older, it is getting harder. From my back porch, I saw the neighbor building a corral and chute for loading the cows the other day. I was overcome with a flood of emotions and tears—the desire to stop my friends from being killed, the anger at my neighbor’s ignorance, my grief that then pours into the river of tears being shed by all of us for all animals being killed every second of every day.
Mindful Grieving
What I want to say to you is that by taking on the liberation of animals we are entering into a profoundly beautiful relationship with animals, but we are also accepting ongoing grief as a part of our lives.  We cannot let ourselves be overcome by it, because the animals need us to keep going, but we can give ourselves permission to cry once in a while and share our grief with others who understand. It’s so important.
Vegan Spirituality Retreat June 22
With all this in mind, I wanted to be sure you knew about the Vegan Spirituality Retreat in Malibu June 22 (www.veganspirituality.com).  Activists need support, renewal, and tools to help us stay the course and not burn out. I will be one of the speakers this year and would love to see you there.  
Prayers for All Activists
As airline attendants tell us on every flight, we must put the oxygen mask on ourselves first so that we can help others who aren’t able to do so.  This week let us send out prayers and caring thoughts to all activists.  May all of you feel the comfort and guidance of the Light of the World that dwells in us and in everything.  May all of you feel the Love that surrounds us all, shows us the way to free the animals and gently reminds us to take care of ourselves so that we can care for them.

With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.

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May this music of liberation and respect for all life bring us closer than
we’ve ever been to a world of peace for all beings everywhere.
Please visit the website www.circleofcompassion.org often to see updates and special prayers, and also to join in our "A prayer a day for animals" which features a prayer for a different group of animals each day of the week. It is also a place to send ideas or prayer requests.

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