Wednesday, June 4, 2014
“'Animal Wisdom' is a thoughtful and inspired exploration of the ways in which animals, if we will but watch them and listen to them, can help us to live our lives more fully.” – Jane Goodall, Ph.D, DBE
Dr. Linda Bender, DVM thought for a long time that maybe her deep love of animals was a weakness. She told herself it would either kill her or make her stronger. And to Bender, closing her heart was not an option. So on she went spending her life and career healing and advocating for animals.
She is 100 percent confident it's made her stronger.
The Mount Pleasant resident has just released her book “Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals,” part of a sacred activism series.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon and she has two local book signings scheduled. The first is at Unity Church off of Leads Avenue on June 8 where she will be lecturing after the 9:30 a.m. service and the 11 a.m. service.
Bender will also host a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Towne Centre June 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to From the Heart, which funnels 100 percent of its profits to charities that directly benefit animals, their care and their habitats.
Her interest in spirituality and healing led her to found the Mind the Gap Wellness Center as well as a pet therapy program. She is a certified practitioner of Energy for Life and is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization From the Heart.
Advocate and educator
Dr. Linda Bender's love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard, she said, when she was just a young girl.
She was awakened at 2 a.m. by a screaming sound that turned out to be a baby bunny. The bunny was quivering and alone. It must have been threatened by something, she explained. She took that bunny inside and laid with it on the kitchen floor. She nestled the bunny close to her heartbeat and fell asleep.
“I felt such waves of love and such a deep connection. It was something much bigger than I had ever known,” she said.
She could not remember a time after this one instance when she did not connect deeply with animals.
From orphaned deer to blue jays prematurely bumped from their nests, animals in distress somehow found a way to her loving arms.
Her father called her “Nature Girl” and was her biggest advocate.
Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
“It's not what I do for a living,” she said. “It's who I am.”
Her new book illuminates the undeniable ability for animals to restore our ecological, emotional and spiritual balance.
Three things have led her down this path of life: her love of travel, a deep love for animals and her spiritual journey. She has managed to combined those three things to encompass her life's work, she explained.
She has lived all over the world and rescued animals from wildlife trafficking. Once while in South Africa at Kruger Park, she came across a herd of buffalo. They all stopped and stared at her. For Bender it transcended into a deep, heart-and-soul message from them that said, “Don't forget us. Teach the humans about us.”
“I believe that humans have an astonishing capacity for compassion. If you don't know, you can't help,” said Bender. “That's why I spend much of my time teaching what I know and have now shared it in my book.”
She said her new book offers cutting-edge research on the “unexplained powers of animals.”
There are 18 step-by-step practical ways to enable readers to hone their natural intuitive abilities and engage in interspecies communication.
And lastly, her book looks at how to care for the earth – practical tips for what you can do to make a difference today.
“'Animal Wisdom' is for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the innate loving, spiritual connection we share with animals and the interconnectedness of all life,” said Bender. “It's not the big things we do that matter most, but the small, seemingly insignificant ways we help animals that have the greatest consequence.”
To learn more about Dr. Bender, visit her website at www.lindabender.org and like her on Facebook.