In many cultures, cows are seen as sacred.
Having grown up with a farmer's field behind
our home, one of the first friends I ever made
was a cow. I was delighted to find they had
personality traits as varied as human beings.
Some were extroverted, whereas others were
clearly introverts. Some were friendly, shy,
playful, and bold; while, others were
indifferent, nervous or devious.
Years ago, while at the Yavapai County Fair,
walking through the barns, looking at the
various farm animals, I was blissfully unaware
they were there to be auctioned for meat.
One cow stopped me in my tracks when I
noticed her eyes were filled with tears and the
full knowledge of what was happening.
The mindful consciousness of this one cow
transformed me with her very present and