Letter: Part of the Peaceable Kingdom

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Editor of the Reformer,

In support of Lisa Laramy's article on Healing Power of Nature (July 1), I've sent you a journal entry written last January at Flat Dogs Safari Camp in South Luanga National Park, Zambia:

To reach this savannah we have rocked and pitched over muddy, red clay roads for most of an hour. But right now the mechanical beast is quiet and the Peaceable Kingdom looms before us adult and their young, all munching the choicest morsels produced by last nights down pour. On the broad plane before us are Elephants, Zebra, Impala, Giraffe, Guinea Fowl, birds of all sorts. And we feel the presence of those animals that are close by and not to be seen this morning - Lions, Hippos, Hyena ..

Our little group of four people in an open top Range Rover sit silently. An exquisite light plays on the savannah bringing the grasses' electric green into sharp focus.

I can't get enough of this moment ... we too are part of the Peaceable Kingdom. Tears spring up as the connection between me, the savannah, the animals and the earth deepens. This gift, a few minutes out of a busy life to embrace the unity of all things, is why I have returned to safari camp. Our guide, Bwilliya, smiles and agrees that the scene is magnificent.

Linda Rubinstein

East Dummerston, July 4

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