Happy first day of Spring!
I thought about sending out a note at the beginning of 2016 but for some reason it just didn't feel the right time.
For me, Spring is a more remarkable time of the year. As Nature breathes new life into our world and potentially, into us, if we take the time to listen to her messages.
So what exactly is the dream of Circles of Nature?
I’ve been listening to Google play a little bit lately, the James Taylor station, and I’ve heard a song a few times that I hadn’t heard in a long while, Jim Croce’s “I’ve got a Name”, ok, so I never really made it out of the 70’s when it comes to most of the music I listen to. But I had forgotten how much I liked the song, and some of the lyrics certainly have new meaning for me since the passing of my father.
Like the pine trees lining the winding road
I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I’m living the dream that he kept hid
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won't pass me by.
What does that mean exactly? For me, and I think for many people, we have a tendency to follow someone else’s path… sometimes it’s our parents, it maybe our siblings or societies ideas of how we should live our lives. Go to school, get good grades, go to university, get a job, get married, have kids… you get my drift. And that's not a bad path, it’s an important one, if it’s truly the path you want to take in your life.
But there are different paths, and I know for myself I had a different one, and it was not the practical one my parents wanted for me. I don’t blame them, not at all, they grew up in a very different time, they lived through the depression and 2 world wars, you did what you had to just to survive and they did their best with what they knew.
What was nurtured was my love of nature and animals, so in a way, my parents did actually point my in the direction of my path. It has however been a struggle to be able to see my way through the maze to the trees.
When I look back on some of the events of my life, I certainly see how the “struggles” have actually been the catalysts that moved me forward, as long as I remembered my roots! I definitely lost my roots, my grounding on numerous occasions.
Once Upon a Time, I had a dream… that dream was to create space where people could come and remember how to breathe again. I know, we all still breathe, we kinda have too, but I mean really breathe, those deep full breaths that remind us that we're not just living but that we’re alive!
That dream started with becoming a Practical Herbalist and Nature Guide, now those vocations got put on hold for a bit as the horses felt I needed to widen my path a little bit to include them.
I’ve always known that I felt better just being around the horses and when I was recovering from breast cancer, I found out just how invaluable that relationship was. The healing I received from my horse at the time was truly amazing, and that was just from spending time with him, I couldn’t ride for many months and I’m very grateful for that, I just spent time with him. Being in that field of energy is one of the most healing spaces on this earth.
But it’s not just being in the presence of the Horse, Nature also has such a healing presence. This is something we all know, inherently, we have a energetic connection with nature, do you feel better when you can breath in the scent of the trees? When you’re by a lake or waterfall? In the mountains, by the ocean or just hanging out in a garden?
That energy is around us all the time but in the Spring when it’s coming on so strong, it’s a wondrous time of year to really connect with it. I reminded myself of that yesterday, when I finally had a day off to myself where I got to spend time at a little provincial park with my dog Marty, some time out in the field with the horses and some quiet time spent in the back yard surrounded by the trees. The sun was so warm and the trees let just enough breeze in to make it a little sanctuary. The crows attempted to scare off a bald eagle from their nest, and the coyotes were celebrating something, perhaps the birth of pups?
The healing energy I immersed in yesterday is carrying through to today, not only has it motivated me to write this note to you all but it has also helped me dissipate some negative energy coming from someone else. Being very sensitive to others energies, I could have easily let that consume me and then pass it onto others… ew!
Whatever path we choose for ourselves, I truly believe that how we walk it is just as important. Find what energizes you, what feeds your soul! This is what Circles of Nature is about, if you’re not sure where and how you want to go, if fear is keeping you stuck... come and play in the mud!
Breathe with Nature and the Horse