Komorebi (noun) Origin: Japanese | The sunlight that filters through the trees.
During my time in Nepal, I was able to visit an elephant rescue sanctuary. There were parts of this place that were stunning. It was amazing to be so close to such massive and gentle beasts. The surroundings were magical with the the sun lightly shining through the trees.
However, in the end, I was not in love with the place or the concept of this particular reserve. As I looked at these majestic animals, at each part of the animal, I became a little sad. A baby separated from its mother, sad eyes, chains. So many tourists. Myself included.
I promised myself I would not participate in this type of tour again. I support animal rescue efforts. However, this one left me feeling a little empty. One day I would love to participate in a tour that allows me to visit elephants when they are roaming free and in their natural habitat.
A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.
The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can’t have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I’d rather not be in a cage. I’d rather be dead. And it’s real simple. And I think it’s not that uncommon. – Angelina Jolie