DEAR READERS: When we open our hearts, we do not need to look far to experience the miraculous: We may feel awed in the presence of a soaring tree, or see the love in the eyes of a dog we have rescued and adopted. We can bear witness with the lives around us, human and nonhuman, sharing the joys and tribulations of mortal existence. In extending loving care and respect to all sentient beings, we can bring heaven down to where Earth abides.

This realm of illimitable and ineffable experience and healing is beyond words. As Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote:

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