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.”


Ground Work October 1, 2016

As morning mist clears

We transition to present

Knowing we belong.

Art Prescription:  I went to a workshop today at Blue Skies of Mapleview facilitated by Gail Todter and hosted by Deborah Pearson Moyers. It was about working on the ground with horses.

It will take me a while to process all I learned. These horses have so much to teach us about time, space, perception, survival, community, and above all instinct.

What if we went about our everyday lives trusting our instinct was right and true and good? And what if we all knew that we just belonged…and that was just enough?

Max the superior barn-cat: