My son and I spent a day on a farm yesterday. It was sunny, we met new friends. My son and I had loving and stress-less time together. We harvested vegetables that we took home and cooked the same evening. I felt rhythms to life that are centuries old, but are ebbing away from our culture with iPhone speed. Rhythms of growing food, caring for animals, collecting eggs, and riding horses. I did not read email or Facebook on my iPhone during our stay there. It felt wholesome and wonderful, and I felt a new rhythm for my own life beginning to emerge. I did take some photos…
Toward the end of the day we wandered in a small grove of trees and each found a tree to connect with its spirit. Often I do not speak up or share my inner experience with others. But this was a small group and I felt safe and welcomed to speak. I told them as I embraced the tree I immediately felt how it is always, at every moment, connected to the earth. I felt the earth ground strongly through my feet. This is what the tree shared with me, to always feel this grounding, my connection to the earth.
Later we rode horses. I haven’t been on a horse for almost 30 years. I’ve always loved them, but it is true I don’t like to “control” them. And of course when you ride a horse that is what they say, if you aren’t firm and don’t control, they will sense that and wander and do whatever they like. I have had a bad experience with a horse taking off with me on a trail ride when I was much younger, galloping along until it finally stopped to eat some grass. It is a bit of a mystery to me to be honest. Of course if you are riding a horse, you need to direct it to where you would like to go. Sort of like steering a car. Yet, it is an intelligent being, it is nothing like steering a car. It is an agreement. I found something happening with this horse that is similar to a process I have seen in the healing work I have done. When there is the open space of Love, patterns arise to be healed. Horses have patterns too. I don’t actually think that control is required to direct, and yet in the space where control is not happening, what is required to continue directing can be very interesting.
Thank you for sharing this lovely experience. I am truly enjoying your writings. Thanks so much for sending. Sending you and yours much Love!