My Mother’s Eyes
Last week I wrote an update entitled, “My Mother’s Eyes” for all
mothers in honor of my own mother who recently passed away. As it
turned out, many of you kindly sent your condolences to Will, not
realizing that that update was written by me. Happily, Will’s
mother is very well. So we felt it was important to let everyone
know that. And we realized that it is not clear who does actually
write these updates—well, it is almost always me, Judy Carman, author
of Peace to All Beings and co-founder of the Circle of Compassion
Prayer Circle for Animals. I love writing these updates from my
heart to yours and for the animals.
Last week I stopped for fuel at a truck stop along I-70 in
Kansas. Not just one, but three transport trucks full of cows on
upper and lower levels, were there refueling. When this happens
to us, we are filled with anguish for the cows and an overwhelming need
to DO something. I went over to the trucks. I was going to
hang one of my prayer flags on one, but it was flapping in the wind and
startled the cow nearest me. So I put the flag away and just
stood there looking into her eyes trying not to cry. I apologized
to her for frightening her and apologized to her and to all of them for
being treated this way by human beings. I wanted to send all of
them peaceful energy to help them endure. I worked at not
imagining the fate awaiting them because I believe that animals can
pick up on our emotions as well as images in our minds. Mostly I
relied on our prayer that I use so often. “Dear cows—I see you
and I love you.” I see you for who you really are—my beloved friend and
a sacred being worthy of immense respect and love.
As the trucks drove away, it occurred to me that there are many
highways dedicated to human men and a few to women But all the
highways should instead be memorial highways for the animals who are
transported without mercy to their deaths every single day. This
week let us make every highway, where the death trucks drive, a
Memorial Highway for the Animals. We can do this in our hearts
and minds. And let us know that someday “down the road” these
transport trucks will no longer carry animals to their deaths.
Instead they will have been recycled into art and functional things
that bring joy to earth. And when we see the newly installed
signs saying “Memorial Highway for the Animals,” we will know that
finally all those animals who have died are being honored, and all
living animals are free. We give thanks for this vision, and we send
endless love and comfort to all those confined in slaughter bound
trucks. This week of prayer is for them.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
If you haven’t already done so, please join us at the Prayer Circle for Animals facebook page.
(Your donations allow us to continue and expand this prayer ministry)