People ask, "What does Hathi mean?" and "Why Hathi Therapies?" - Hathi (formally pronounced hah-tee but we say Hatti!) is the Hindi word for elephant; an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength. For many years I've had a fondness, even affinity for elephants, admiring their natural intuition and empathy.
Daphne Sheldrick of DS Wildlife Trust, describes elephants as: "human" animals, encompassed by an invisible aura that reaches deep into the human soul in a mysterious and mystifying way.
They share many human traits; the same span of life, (three score years and ten, all being well) and they develop at a parallel pace so that at any given age an elephant duplicates its human counterpart, through toddlerdom, childhood, adolescence and reaching adulthood at the age of twenty. Elephants also display many of the attributes of humans as well as some of the failings.
They share with us a strong sense of family and death and they feel many of the same emotions. They grieve deeply for lost loved ones, even shedding tears and suffering depression. They have a sense of compassion that projects beyond their own kind and sometimes extends to others in distress. They help one another in adversity, miss an absent loved one, and when you know them really well, you can see that they even smile when having fun and are happy.
They can be happy or sad, volatile or placid. They display envy, jealousy, throw tantrums and are fiercely competitive, and they can develop hang-ups which are reflected in behaviour. They also have many additional attributes we humans lack; incredible long range infra-sound, communicating in voices we never hear, such sophisticated hearing that even a footfall is heard far away, and, of course they have a memory that far surpasses ours and spans a lifetime.
Each one is, like us, a unique individual with its own unique personality.
................... "The proper study of mankind is man, but when one regards the elephant, one wonders."
(attributed to Alexander Pope)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Integrative Psychotherapist, Nurse Specialist (Mental Health), Mum, Youth Worker, Trainer.......