I love elephants.
I’ve always had an obsession with elephants ever since I was a child but probably more obsessive when I was in high school or so. Here’s a small portion of my crazy collection of elephants that I acquired but mostly others have given me (it was quite easy to shop for me during those years).
I dreamt to meet one.
During those “madly in love with elephant” years, I often dreamed about meeting one in person, and not at a zoo behind a cage. I wanted to hug one, to look one in the eye, and to stand in his/her presence. I did ride an elephant once when I was about 10 or so but I vaguely remember the magnificence of being so close to such a creature… probably because it was at a zoo and all I remember was standing in line for what seemed like days and then we were piled into the riding box and the elephant walked around in a circle. My heart is aching just saying that now.
A dream forgotten.
In the midst of moving so many times in the past 7 years or so, I stopped collecting elephants because I just got tired of packing and repacking all my stuff. Naturally much of the “junk” that I collected got thrown out, except for the elephants. They were wrapped up neatly and stored in a box for the last 7 years.
A forgotten dream come true.
Last week, I traveled to Bali on a yoga retreat. I had no idea what was in store for me. I was intrigued by the culture, the people, the sites, the smells, the food, etc. Then half way thru the week, I learned that we were going to the Elephant Safari Park to visit a baby elephant that was just born two weeks ago. How exciting is this?!
Not only did I get to meet an elephant, but they cuddled me, looked me in the eye, and let me feed them. Elephant Safari Park was built to save about 30 elephants from the island of Sumatran who would otherwise be killed from deforestation and habitat loss. Sumatran elephants are the smallest of Asian elephants and have recently been moved from the endangered to critically endangered species list.
Just as I was about to explode with happiness, I met her:
Her name means Dawn as she was born at 5:50am.
Why I love elephants.
Elephants remind me of who I want to be. They are so magnificent and their commanding presence says so much. So big but yet so gentle. Their eyes tell the story of their journey. Sometimes you see love and compassion and sometimes you see sadness and fear. They are definitely expressive. I love how they play and how they care for each other in their tightly connected family pack. They are wise and passionate creatures. Did you know that elephants mourn the death of their loved ones and go back to the site of death every year? It’s so amazing that they are intuitively connected to each other and also connected to the mystical spirit world around them and they never forget.
I’m so glad the elephants didn’t forget about me and my dreams. I will never forget my magical moment with the elephants from Bali.
Warning… you might just die because your heart will burst with so much love from watching this video.