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The Tao

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Tao, the young deer, died yesterday, in the loving care of her rescuers and  other fawns at the sanctuary. I am wistfully sad and believe more than ever that her name was not any kind of “tribute” to me for finding her, but a reminder that this is “The Way”. Thank you all for sharing the experience with me and sending love.

Kindra, Director at NC-Claws, sent these consoling and wise words:

“One thing I always have to tell people is that my job as a rehabber is to help animals along to the next phase of their life. The hardest part of this job is that sometimes that next phase is not life as we know it. Thankfully, I do not believe that animals have the fear of death – or even feel that it is not just an extension of life – as humans do. To them, it is just another way of being.

This excerpt from Animal Medicine Cards by David Carson  –

“Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings… Like the dappling of the Fawn’s coat, both the light and the dark may be loved to create gentleness and safety for those who are seeking peace.”

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2 Responses to “The Tao”

  1. tao Says:

    From Chelsea:

    yes- i attended a funeral this weekend for a human as well. its so
    interesting to see our reactions and fears around death – our own as
    well as others. I dont know why things happen like this- especially
    when its a young being (deer or man)- but i really do believe that all
    things happen for a reason, and good comes with the bad, just as bad
    comes with the good. it could change someone’s life forever- that
    experience or interaction. or realization to live life differently
    with time, heart, intention.
    ironically i went straight from the funeral (old friend got in a
    drunken car accident) to a baby shower (another gal from
    childhood)…. very emotionally draining- but its the circle of life!

  2. tao Says:

    More from Chelsea:
    A Time for Everything
    1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for
    every event under heaven—
    2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
    A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
    3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
    4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
    A time to mourn and a time to dance.
    5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
    A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
    6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
    7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
    A time to be silent and a time to speak.
    8 A time to love and a time to hate;
    A time for war and a time for peace.
    – Ecclesiastes 3

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