NATURE: Endemic Animals Of Ethiopia

In honoring the realm of nature, I decided to pair some of my favorite nuggets of wisdom about nature from a book called Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle, with pictures of the three endemic animals of Ethiopia from among many, which I’m blessed to witness and capture, from my wonderful trips in my own country – Ethiopia.

Enjoy and be inspired!

“To bring your attention to a stone, a tree, or an animal does not mean to think about it, but simply to perceive it, to hold it in your awareness.

Something of its essence then transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is, and in doing so the same stillness arises within you. You sense how deeply it rests in Being – completely at one with it is and where it is. In realizing this, you too come to a place of rest deep within yourself.”

Gelada Baboon

The Gelada Baboon from Simien Mountains.

“When walking or resting in nature, honor that realm by being there fully. Be still. Look. Listen. See how every animal and every plant is completely itself. Unlike humans, they have not split themselves in two. They do not live through mental images of themselves, so they do not need to be concerned with trying to protect and enhance those images. The deer is itself. The daffodil is itself.

All things in nature are not only one with themselves but also one with the totality. They haven’t removed themselves from the fabric of the whole by claiming a separate existence: “me” and the rest of the universe.

The contemplation of nature can free you of that “me,” the great troublemaker.”       

The Ethiopian Wolf

The Ethiopian Wolf from Bale Mountains.

“Watch an animal, a flower, a tree, and see how it rests in Being. It is itself. It has enormous dignity, innocence, and holiness. However, for you to see that, you need to go beyond the mental habit of naming and labeling. The moment you look beyond mental labels, you feel that ineffable dimension of nature that cannot be understood by thought or perceived through the senses. It is a harmony, a sacredness that permeates not only the whole of nature but is also within you.”   

Mountain Niyala

The Mountain Nyala from Bale Mountains.

Let’s learn from nature.

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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One Response to NATURE: Endemic Animals Of Ethiopia

  1. eddie sanders says:

    When I return to Ethiopia, please take me on a trip!

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