Pigs have feelings too! Perhaps after a few weeks of March of Pigs you may have noticed that pigs are actually quite expressive. That’s because they feel a wide range of emotions, just like humans. Pigs can feel joy and happiness as well as suffer from negative emotions like sadness and grief. Pigs are not only emotional creatures, but have been observed to show compassion for others, and feel distress at seeing their animal and human friends suffering. They have distinctive personalities, some are shy and some are gregarious just like us. In addition to having excellent memories, it is very likely that pigs have complex feelings and thoughts, and are even able to understand symbolic languages similar to higher primates and dolphins. Amazing!
I hope if you are reading this now that you are safe and well and able to have everything you need to get through the next few weeks or months. Lockdown, quarantine or isolation can be pretty dreary, but luckily we live in times when we are all able to stay connected. Take care, friends and keep washing your hands.
We are going to pause our March of Pigs for an opportunity for some quarantine fun and fundraising.
Cooped up inside, being socially distant, canceling plans, routines and holidays can be a huge bummer. Take a break from the chaos and enjoy a virtual tour of The Haven Zoo!
Just like everyone, the Haven is doing its part to support social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, and have closed their gates to in-person visitors. However, the Haven relies on donations to keep the animals healthy and fed. So you can support the Haven AND continue to practice good social distancing by booking a virtual tour of the zoo plus a special viewing of feeding time! Book your virtual tour here.
Scientists and public health experts have asked that we all keep at least six feet or two meters apart from one another. That can be a bit difficult to visualize. Perhaps some of our camelid pals from the Haven can help us out – a llama is about six feet long, so maintain a llama distance apart to stay safe and stop the spread! And of course, keep washing your hands.
Always do your best and everything will turn out ok.
Goats are fantastic, but sometimes it is good to shake things up. Therefore, the next thirty-one days will feature a pig of the day, rather than a goat of the day. Don’t worry, we will soon return to the genus Capra but for one month will celebrate the genus Sus.
As you likely know – today is an extra day. The practice started over 2,000 years ago when Julius Caesar developed the Julian Calendar with the assistance of an Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigenes. Basically, the earth makes a full rotation around the sun every 365.25 days and did not fit neatly into a specific calendar or 24 hour cycle. So, it was decided that every four years they would add an extra day to make up for the extra quarter day. You can tell it’s a leap year if the last two digits of the year are divisible by four, except for century years. For a century year (e.g. 1900, 2000) to be a leap year it must be divisible by 400. So 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be. Without leap years, eventually February would be a summer month in the northern hemisphere! Make the most of the extra day today.
Don’t be afraid to age.Tao Porchon-Lynch
The final wisdom from yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch on how to live a long and full life celebrates the journey we are all on. So often, it is easy to think that once you pass certain milestones or age numbers that some abilities and possibilities slip away. Maybe some do, but other abilities and possibilities make themselves known and available. It is a wonderful thing to be alive, and never take it for granted.
Do what you love.Tao Porchon-Lynch
What sings to your soul? What always makes you smile? Whatever that is for you – make sure to enjoy it and practice it as much as possible. Beloved yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch loved yoga and shared it with a global audience – and lived to be 101! Perhaps making sure your life includes doing what you love is another secret to longevity. Even if you don’t make it to 100, you’ll be fulfilled.
See barriers as challenges to overcome and don’t let them stop you from pursuing your dreams is more wisdom and advice on living a long and fulfilling life from yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch. She was first introduced to yoga at the age of seven in 1925, living in southern India. She watched boys practicing yoga on the beach and when she asked older members of her family about it, they told her that yoga was only for boys. This did not deter Tao, she watched the boys and mimicked their actions, eventually practicing herself and becoming a world-renowned yoga teacher, even being named the world’s oldest living yoga teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012.
It is true, you can’t buy happiness, nor integrity or authenticity.