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 “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” –  John Muir

It’s easy to forget we are connected to everything.  Often we can feel isolated or separated from one another and the universe, and this always causes pain, sadness and loneliness.
Lawrence Anthony was a conservationist who saved the lives of countless elephants, known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony became a legend.
He is the author of three books, Baghdad Ark, detailing his efforts to rescue the animals at Baghdad Zoo during the Iraqi war, the forthcoming The Last Rhinos, and his bestselling book ‘The Elephant Whisperer.’
Anthony saved many of the rogues that had left their herds and were destined to be killed by humans.  After Anthony’s heart attack at 61, in March 2012, two separate herds of wild South African elephants that he had saved, slowly made their way through Zululand.  They had not visited Anthony or his home for over a year.
It is a 12 hour journey, and without eating or drinking, the Elephant’s arrived at Anthony’s compound a day apart of each other.  Each herd stayed for two days to mourn and pay their respects to the man who had saved them, and then slowly made their way back into the bush.

 How is it, that two separate herds of wild elephants knew that the heart of a great man who had loved them, had suddenly stopped? Is this special connection or bond something we can all have with nature and each other? and if so, why don’t we?


“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.” – Rabindranath Tagore

38 thoughts on “Connection

  1. “How is it, that two separate herds of wild elephants knew that the heart of a great man who had loved them, had suddenly stopped? Is this special connection or bond something we can all have with nature and each other? and if so, why don’t we?”

    We do, I think, we all do have that connection, that bond. You come into this life connected and bonded to it all. Then something happens. And we forget.

    I forgot, then I remembered, I found it again. I never want to loose it.

    And here is the thing with me Karen. When I keep my distance, as I cherish my solitude, is when I feel it the strongest.

    I love this post Karen.

  2. So true Sawsan. For me it is a daily practice connecting and deepening this bond. I don’t think it is something we can pretend we have. We do forget and this story is a beautiful reminder of how precious it can be and I too never want to lose it! 💕💕

  3. This is a beautiful post Karen. I remember the event in Kwa/Zulu Natal. I was living there at the time. Such a profound truth being expressed here.

    1. It was a very special event Don. You definitely lived in a very beautiful part of the world and I will never forget the message this story has given us. 🙏🏻 Thankyou

  4. Oh how I love this post, Karen. I read ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ a year or so ago and wept. An amazing man, amazing animals, incredible…. And I, too, believe that we are bound by invisible threads which we can become more aware of if we allow ourselves the peace and silence to do so. Peace to you….

    1. I look forward to reading his book Lori. It is an invisible thread that we often do not see because of our wounds, but it is always there for us and when we connect, we heal. Peace to you too lovely Lori. 💕🙏🏻

  5. This really made me stop and think. Oh yes how we really are all connected but how often in our day to day lives we forget this? Beautiful post, Karen! Thank you! ❤

  6. Beautiful Karen. Thank you. I had heard something about that, but not the whole story. I now want to read the Elephant Whisperer. I got a little teary reading this. I wish I was at that place where the elephants are – the depth of their unity. I feel that with my loved ones. I think I would know the minute one of their hearts stopped. I have trouble feeling the unity with the rest of the world. I get glimpses, like last night I dreamed I was sitting across the table from Donald Trump. We ha a nice interaction. I’m glad to have had that dream. It softened my feelings toward him.
    I feel unity with Nature. It’s people that I have a hard time with. Haha!

    1. What a great dream Mary. I think Trump may not be as awful as we imagine or have been told! This is a beautiful story of the elephants and you are right, when we are deeply connected to ourselves and nature, we would feel each other’s pain and death very deeply, just like in Avatar! Oh yes, Nature is much easier to be with ha 💕💚💚🙏🏻💕

  7. wonderful reminder, Karen!
    with eye & mind consciousness
    caught by so many distractions,
    how can we really contact oneness?
    perhaps by letting go of (nearly) all
    possessions and living a
    experiential connection experience.
    what do you think? 🙂

  8. When I think of people with the deepest understanding and connection to nature, I think of the indigenous people around the world. They trust that nature will provide all their needs at all times. As we do not live like this in the western world, I too believe our possessions and distractions keep us from this deep trust and hence our lack of connection to nature and each other.

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