Spring. Fed.

Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you.
Every seed destroys its container,
or else there would be no fruition.
—Florida Scott-Maxwell

Spring. Fed.

I’m taking a solo retreat on beautiful land north of Santa Fe and contemplating what nourishes me over this Spring Equinox—a time of balanced day and night, inner and outer. The crystal clear, spring fed streams that lace through this land have me musing about what most deeply supports the taproot of our Being.

Like a seed that must crack open in order to sprout, the journey of opening isn’t always easy. But there is definitely a need to quench the deep thirst that change or growth requires, like the spring is fed from deep underground.

It was an hour into my drive here before I exhaled audibly. And it was nearly 24 hours later before the tears came, lying spread eagle—finally surrendering both  mind and body—on the soft, dry riverbed at the base of a magnificent box canyon.

It’s been such a full year, and this peace offering of a retreat was the opportunity to acknowledge many passages, but also to shift from the habituated day to day patterns into something deeper inside of myself—a re-membering what has fed me in the past, as well as what feeds me now.

I’ve been sleeping 10—11 hours a night, wearing my softest super-hero socks, and remembering my poetry, my photography, my creativity, and my Wild Self.

Ring the bell that still can ring.
Forget the perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.

—Leonard Cohen

Just like a seed or a butterfly that knows on an inexplicable cellular level that there is a greater calling to its existence, we humans may feel something similar in our bones—a call to re-member ourselves.

So, this Spring, as the daylight hours lengthen, I offer the following questions—

• How can you reclaim yourself in this busy time?

• What can you foster in your life right now that nourishes you?

• What is one thing you can release right now that does not nourish you deeply?

For me, it’s time away in Nature, even if for an hour walk, or taking a bolder step like this retreat of five days.

It’s being alone with my horse without an agenda.

It’s stepping out of routine on occasion.

It’s trusting something larger than myself and my tiny mind and finding ways to actively practice letting go.

It’s regularly reviewing when, where, how and with whom I expend energy and being selective about that.

This will be a year of very special, distilled offerings, designed to help support your journeys—and your horse’s if you have one. I am reinstating my counseling license, this time in New Mexico, so I may practice as a therapist as well as a life coach/mentor. And I will continue teaching Holistic Horsemanship and Classical Dressage, of course, because I can’t imagine my life with out it. 🙂

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Peaceful trails,

Lynn

Winter Solstice (and a telling typo!)

A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace.

It also holds you.

—Elkhart Tolle

 May the beauty and stillness of the Natural World touch your heart as you allow yourself to receive the gifts that are always available to you and yours.

NASA

Solstice, on Wednesday, December 21st, is the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. In my last mailing, where I was referencing Half Halts & The Holidays, I made an ironic typo—I wrote Halt Halt instead of Half Halt. And then I realized how perfect that “mistake” was, as sometimes a partial pause is simply not enough. We need to stop all of the way; a full halt.

Sometimes, when a horse is galloping, we need that One Rein Stop—a severe turn-about intervention utilized when a horse is bolting out of control of the rider. My “one rein stop” this week has been about sitting my fanny down in front of my mediation area. Then the rest follows. Continue reading Winter Solstice (and a telling typo!)

Half Halts & The Holidays

It’s snowing here in Santa Fe as I write this—heavy, wet flakes accumulating on the ground and in the majestic pine tree that lives outside my front door. What a beautiful morning! I’m contemplating the holidays and how much I needed this unscheduled day of rest to catch up with myself.

There is something called a “half halt” in the horse world, where the rider asks the horse to recycle their energy—typically from the forehand—and activate the hindquarters for more thrust, power, engagement. I also affectionately use the term re-balance when teaching or training.

We use this re-balancing tool when the horse is going faster than desired, is balanced more on their forehand instead of their center of power, to prepare them for a change of gait, i.e. transition, or change of some sort, or to simply help get their attention. And how does this translate to riders, and even non-riders, during the holidays? Continue reading Half Halts & The Holidays

Looking for that perfect gift? Give an Experience that Lasts.

Looking for that perfect gift? Give the gift that doesn’t require dusting—an experience that lasts—for those local to Santa Fe or considering visiting the Land of Enchantment, and there are even options for those who live elsewhere.

And if purchased by January 3, 2017, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to an incredible cause, such as The Horse Shelter, Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, The Espanola Animal Shelter, or A Network for Grateful Living. The gift certificate is good for one year from date of issue, so may be used during any season in 2017.

If you are in the giving mood this season, consider gifting yourself and/or another any amount from $20 up towards any service, including— Continue reading Looking for that perfect gift? Give an Experience that Lasts.

Reconsidering Gratitude

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This holiday week, I find myself simultaneously looking forward to a potluck meal with dear friends, yet also annoyed about this particular American tradition. The following posts from two of my favorite sources address my sentiments so eloquently, that I wanted to share them with you:

My business mentor, Mark Silver, of Heart of Business, states “This is the week of U.S. Thanksgiving, which is a highly controversial holiday in my book. On one hand, there’s family tradition, delicious food, and a real calling to gratitude. On the other hand, there is a dark and bloody history of colonization and genocide of the original peoples on what is now called the North American continent.
Continue reading Reconsidering Gratitude

Something from Nothing

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Wu Wei is the Taoist practice of conscious non-action or non-doing, similar to how the planets revolve effortlessly  around the sun without control or force. In the words of Derek Lin, “Wu Wei does not mean passivity, apathy or indifference…but is about acting without attachment so one can focus on the action itself without expectation of particular results.”

What a practice! It’s been several seasons since I last wrote, and many things have transpired since the last post My Horse is Good at Nothing—Dandi is the ultimate Wu Wei master. I’ll share a few highlights from the journey, filled with the aforementioned aspects of letting go of attachment, control and force: Continue reading Something from Nothing