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Emotional intelligence with Animals

Animals respond to love. We all do. Animal means "having breath." That is the origin of the word in latin. To be alive. To breathe.

'I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, | They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.'

Walt Whitman

The story of Spirit the panther is perhaps one of the most powerful demonstrators of how emotional intelligence works in this most critical of relationships. We are animals. We are alive. We breathe. We owe it to our fellow creatures to lead with the heart.