Taking the Bate

Spoken word dangles

A bit of fodder for mind

You don’t take the bate.

Art Prescription: have you ever been tested!? When you know someone is trying to get you to take the bate?

Do you realize when others cross boundaries due to their issues?

Relationships are challenging. I really just want to cruise down the middle lane….

Misu no kokoro October 19, 2016

No wind, waves, ripples

Perfect reflection on pond

Mind like still water.

Art Prescription: Misu no kokoro translates in Japanese to “A mind like still water.” It refers to water taking on a mirror-like quality. Working with horses is like this.

From Mark Rashid’s book “Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building trust between horse and rider:”

“Put simply, developing a quiet mind allows us to take in and process information in a true and correct manner and then respond appropriately, in a way suited to the situation, provided the situation even needs a response.”

It occurs to me that this applies to every relationship in our lives.

Index card with watercolor and my chop that says “hope.”

index-card-still-water

Pasture Sun Set September 18, 2015

On the other side

Of the pasture, the sun sets

Cool mist over ground.

Art Prescription:  I went out to the farm to meet the farrier so Finn could get his “pedicure.” After two busy RN days, a chance to slow down and enjoy the horses was a welcome situation.  I stayed until the sun began to sink on the horizon. Gazing out on a field of happily grazing horses is peace for my soul, beauty for my eyes, quiet for my ears, and love for my heart.

Watercolor 5 x 7

Horses Sunset

Learning from Horses August 25, 2015

Simple boundaries

Ancient way of the horse herd

Communication.

Art Prescription:  Boundaries…we all have them. I’ve done a lot of work this past year on learning about boundaries, including a course with Pixie Lighthorse called Boundaries Bootcamp. Thank you Pixie. And thank you horses. As I watch your simple and most of the time gentle interactions you keep your boundaries and those of others clean and neat. Pixie would say, “keep your side of the street clean.” As I get busier with art and an exciting launch coming soon!, I find myself needing to set better boundaries, where I choose to spend my energy or not. This is good stuff folks! It means getting clearer and more balanced in your life and the ongoing daily exchange of energy. Aho!

Index card with colored pencil and my chop “hope”

Index card horse boundaries