Every week I head to Spirit Horse Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado to sit and study with my Teacher, Jill. Something I've been doing in some form or another for over 13-years. My current weekly visits are an opportunity for deep exploration, self reflection and awakening. It's also where I spend time clarifying my dreams and visions for my business - and life! Let's say, continuing education AND business development, all wrapped up in one! Anyway, this week when I arrived my Teacher's beautiful herd of horses were walking in from the pasture.
On the left is Naiobi (gray). She is a magical mustang whom I had the honor of picking up in Nebraska at a BLM holding facility and bringing to her new home a few years ago. Next over is Grace, a wise old girl who spent many years of her life as a race horse and brood mare. She came to live her joyful and free years at Spirit Horse Ranch many moons ago. That cute and robust buckskin in front is Legolas. Lego was born on the ranch in 2006 and has had the good fortune of growing up with the amazing Spirit Horse herd and has been guided into his life by a strong Mama who is no longer with us and his pal, Cody (not pictured). On the far right is Hope. To me, Hope is a Being from the deep moonscape and an embodiment of the gorgeous and soulful feminine. I'm not too sure of her story, I vaguely remember hearing something about her being tied to a kids play set, freaking out and all hell breaking loose. Don't quote me on that. But as long as I've known this herd of horses, I've known Hope. She has taught me much about the way of the feminine and I'm deeply grateful for her presence. Remmy, who recently came to live with me, is also from this herd, as is Calypso - the blue eyed fella featured on my homepage.
Years ago a little 10-year old girl came to visit me and my then herd of horses. The first thing she said when she arrived was, "horses, horses, horses"! That pretty much sums it up for me too!
'Tis the season to go within to dream and to create, especially as women. It's the time when we are moving deeper into the darkness of the Solstice and winter months. This is where much of our creativity awaits! Today's arrival (for me!) was body ease balm that was heart-crafted with herbs that were grown from the garden or wildcrafted in the mountains here in southern Colorado. Once upon a time I had my own herb business (Spirit Horse Herbals). The labels have been resurrected!
The home apothecary - well, a part of it. For humans AND animals.
This is Calypso.
Goddess, I LOVE him!
And today, I just happened to catch him yawning! I was in the right place, at the right time. Look at those TEETH!
Remmy, one of the Fairplay horses (2014), has lived the last 3 1/2 years at the amazing Spirit Horse Ranch in Westcliffe. Recently, Remmy came home to live with "my" herd of horses -- and to be reunited with his pal, Buck. Back in the day, Buck and Remmy definitely had a "bromance" going on.
At the moment, there are some different romance's blossoming . . .
Jade + Remmy.
Remmy + Calypso.
The Fairplay horses, of which Remmy and Buck were a part of, have quite the story. It is a story of perseverance, inspiration and most importantly, love.
In 2014, twenty-nine starving and neglected horses were seized by state authorities from a ranch in Fairplay, Colorado. They were brought to the local sale barn where they were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Within one week an entire community came together, led by a gaggle of amazing women of which I was a part of, to raise the money and the means to find homes for each one of these horses.
You can read more about that amazing story here.
Six of those horses came to live within my community, including Buck and Remmy. My life has never the same.
Remmy has ringbone in his front right foot from what looks to be an old run-in with a barbed-wire fence. Both front legs and right hoof bear the scars of an old, severe injury. But he has the most incredible and soft heart matched by a deep soul.
I'm in love already.
The sun has no desire to create the vegetation;
plants simply react to sunlight and the situation develops naturally.
I'm in the midst of reading the book "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" by ChÖgyam Trungpa.
Sometimes, I am STRUGGLING to get through the book. Other times I'm like, HOLY SH**T, it all makes sense! And other times, I come across great quotes.
In the background with the floppy cute face and ears is Hoss. He TOTALLY photobombed this picture I took earlier this summer of a nasturtium.
Hoss is definitely the boss.
This here is my pal Hank. He is a dog, not a dingo. But darn hilarious, don’t you think?!
I was walking by this morning as I usually do, puttering around getting the day started, and I just HAD to snap a photo of this wonderful moment. And I realized how blessed I am. I have these moments all day, almost every day. Living with four dogs, 4 cats, and 3 horses provides ceaseless opportunities like these.
As it is Giving Thanks week, it is a reminder to me to pause and reflect on all that I am appreciative and grateful for - such as heartwarming moments (and friends!) like these.
"We spend our lives searching for something we think we don't have,
something that will make us happy.
But the key to our deepest happiness
lies in changing our vision of where to seek it."
~ Sharon Salzberg