Don’t Try This At Home

My heart thus lightened by empathy dawning, the compassionate universe also led me to Kevin Richardson’s book PART OF THE PRIDE.  This guy describes trauma experiences similar to mine with young Bugs, except the claws he writes about are attached to lion cubs.  I can only imagine the injuries he laughs off, as the macho dude he presents himself as (except not! when you see him actually working with animals) – he, like me, refrains from supplying visuals of the grievous bodily harm.

Kevin is known as the “Lion Whisperer.”  He can do things with lions – and hyenas, jackals, leopards, birds, toads, and crickets – that, it seems, no other human alive can.

Be sure to see how the mama lioness, with infinite gentleness, pats him on the head, here.

So finding this guy’s work helped put into perspective what I was going through, in the injury department, with Bugs.  It didn’t help me, however, become Kevin Richardson.

Here, on the other hand, is me trying to get Bugs to accept me:

Me:      Hey dear Bugs, I want to understand you like a mother understands a child.  [Sits down next to Bugs.]

Bugs:    [Walks off into another room.  Bean follows.]

Me:    Bugs, come on.  I love you.  Isn’t that enough?  [Sits down five feet away from Bugs.]

Bugs:    [Walks off into another room.  Bean follows.]

Bugs:    [Walks off into another room.  Bean follows.]

[Repeat ad nauseum.]

[Bean gives up in despair.]

Plainly we needed help.  Or I did, at any rate.  She arrived in the form of Mother Teresa.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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7 Responses to Don’t Try This At Home

  1. Darla says:

    A momma chasing a child, not understanding the message at all; doing what doesn’t work — WOW! The story of so much of our lives.

  2. Christine says:

    Then, just when you think you have things figured out, a whole new set of problems pop up!

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