Linda Bender is an author, veterinarian and animal advocate. She will talk about her book Animal Wisdom on Thursday APRIL 23 at 6.30pm at Watkins Bookshop.
In Animal Wisdom, Linda offers a wealth of amazing stories and research-based evidence indicating animals have deeply perceptive—even extrasensory—abilities. She shows us that animals are extremely perceptive, intuitive, and psychic and provides step-by-step practices for honing your natural ability to communicate with them, so that you too can learn to understand their urgent messages about peace, happiness, and the future of the planet. Meet the Author is a series of quick interviews prior the author’s talks at Watkins Books.
Watkins: Which books have influenced your life the most?
Linda: I adore books so there are many but here are a few that have special meaning for me:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi – St. Francis
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
You Are the Answer – Michael Tamura
W: Do you have a daily spiritual practice?
L: Yes, I begin each day with a daily practice. It has evolved over the years and now that my schedule is so busy, I spend even more time each day practicing.
I begin with a meditation to connect with the day, then spend about one hour in deep prayer. Prayer for me is showing up each day in humble gratitude for life and allowing myself to receive. Another meditation follows. I often use a mantra meditation if I have a particular need for single pointed focus, it is a powerful way to settle the mind when it wants to run off in many directions.
W: What is your idea of happiness?
L: My idea of happiness is:
Remembering I can never chase it.
Noticing it when it overwhelms me.
Seeing my children smile.
Being in the company of animals.
W: What empowers you in your daily work and life?
L: Everyday I remind myself that the work I do is a privilege, that to serve animals is not what I do, but rather who I am. There is a particular photo of an elephant I look at every day that inspires and empowers me to carry on no matter what is happening in my life or the world. I focus my attention on what good I can do today, not what may come down the road tomorrow.
W: An advice to give to Watkins Magazine readers…
L: I try to live by the words my father often said: ‘Doing the right thing really does matter’. Everyday, we are all making a difference in the world. The choices and decisions we make and the way we treat other beings impacts not only our personal lives but the world. The most important question to ask is: What kind of difference am I making? Also, please remember that animals remind us we are good enough just as we are. Do not wait to act, step forward in all your frailties, share your gifts and talents with the world and speak the voice in your heart.