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Horses Dance Through Light




What is a Horse?

A horse is a tree in a storm that never goes down.
A horse waltzes like breeze over rivers.
A horse is determination, that never stops flowing.
A horse is fondness, that never stops growing.

Lily Whittaker

 

Horses In The Snow

Their manes and backs are white
Frosted with the falling snow
The horses dance through the light
Of the shining, shimmering snow

Horse Poet

 

Segway:

The common thread with the horses above and the Rumi poetry below is spirit. The spirit to be the real you. To dance through the light with the unique dance only you have. To have the courage and faith that people will truly love you just the way you are. Just the way I love this horse I call Gray just the way she is. She’s an inspiration. And totally lovable, kind, and soulful.

 

Melt With Love

Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
Thirst drove me down to the water
where I drank the moon’s reflection.
Pale sunlight,
pale the wall.
Love moves away.
The light changes.
I need more grace
than I thought.
Let yourself be silently drawn
by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Rumi

 

My take:

I don’t know how meeting a horse can be a spiritual experience. It just was. The lines of Rumi poetry above were just patched together from different poems by me.But they somehow go together. “Wash yourself of yourself” might apply to all of us in a way. We spend a lot of time playing the personality “me”. But how often do we wash that act away? How often do we give ourselves the chance to be the real me. Not the “work” me. Or the “husband” me. Or the “friendly” want to make my friends happy me. But the real me without adding anything. I think we can all be a little more real. A little more the real me.

We might be surprised that people might really like this honest me. Nothing added. Real. Naked. Truthful. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love”. I spend a lot of time creating businesses that I think people will want. But what if I just let myself be drawn but what I truly love? What would happen? How would that feel? More authentic? Yes. More in the now? Yes. More present? Yes. More alive? Yes!

 Northern California

Northern California’s diverse geography ranges from the sandy beaches of the Pacific coast to the rugged, snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the east. The central portion of the region is dominated by the Central Valley, one of the most vital agricultural areas in the country. The Sierra Nevada contains Yosemite Valley, famous for its glacially-carved domes, and Sequoia National Park, home to the largest trees on Earth, the giant sequoia trees, and the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney.

The tallest living things on Earth, the ancient redwood trees, dot the coastline, mainly north of San Francisco. It also includes one of the largest Brackish-Marsh’s in Western United States, Suisun Marsh. The area is also known for its fertile farm and ranch lands, wine country, the high mountains of the southern Cascade Range, the Trinity Alps, and the Klamath Mountains, lakes, and the windswept sagebrush steppe, in the northeast portion of the region.

Featured photo credit:  Alexia Khruscheva (Rights purchased on Dreamstime.com)

10 Comments

  1. Great work Drew! I have a special affinity with horses. I love the video. Nice stills too. I was having a very interesting convo,with my friends that I’m visiting in Cali, about a friend of theirs who has developed a theory that how we interact with horses is in fact how we view ourselves. Who we really are. So it is not surprising that you had a spiritual experience with the horse. I have found that mares are easier to have such experiences with. That how ever may be my own interpretation though. ;).

    • Wow Sarah, amazing that you were just talking about this sharing with horses thing, cool coincidence. If you want, when you come up, I can take you to meet Gray? Michele and I would love the company. So would Gray and Buddy.

  2. We are alive!!

    Hello, Andrew! Hello, Gray & Buddy! Nice to meet you : )

    Wow… that place is paradise on earth! I can feel the peace and yeah… I can imagine myself living there heh-heh… Oh boy… what can I say about horses? Outstanding creatures! ‘If God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself.’ – Author Unknown

    A short clip that says a lot!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful, spiritual experience, Andrew. Gray is a very curious mare hee-hee… I’m sure Gray felt your kindness too. Love the effect of the wind blowing through your new friend’s mane. … Hope you can go back and see them again. Maybe next time you are lucky and gain Buddy’s trust.

    Once you create a trusting bond with a horse, you’ll have a friend forever… It’s something that goes beyond words…

    Let me share with you one of my favorite quotes about horses:

    ‘Where in this wide world can man find
    Nobility without pride,
    Friendship without envy,
    Or beauty without vanity?
    Here, where grace is served with muscle
    And strength by gentleness confined
    He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
    There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
    There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.’
    -Ronald Duncan, ‘The Horse’ (1954)

    I’m in awe!! : )

    P.S. Love the music, the pictures, the poems, the extra information about Northern California, everything. Thanks!

  3. “There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
    There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.’”

    Wow! Outstanding, thank you Julie!!! You inspire. I appreciate your insights about horses. I think I understand your point of view better about horses now that I met Gray. Sweet. 🙂

  4. That’s fantastic! 😀 It makes me happy, my friend.

    ‘Black Beauty’ by Anna Sewell is one of my favorite books. It tells a story from a horse’s point of view.

    There’s also a movie based on that book… Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jrdBatcz1c

    Both, the book and the movie, move me to tears…

    🙂

    • Awesome movie tip, Black Beauty. I never saw it. Will watch tonight if Netflix has it. Thanks. I also never saw Horse Whisperer. Do you think that is a good movie?

  5. Great! Hope you enjoy it.

    I liked ‘The Horse Whisperer’…and I know there is this documentary called ‘Buck’ that tells the story of the real horse whisperer… haven’t watched it yet but I heard it is quite good.

    ‘The Black Stallion’ is also a movie I really enjoyed.

    • Horse Whisperer looks good but the movie ‘Buck’ looks excellent. Seems it was a Sundance film. ” ‘Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.’ So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy”. The movie seems very real, more like a documentary. Less polished, deeper, maybe more real than Robert Redford’s version. I started watching it. Will finish tonight. Really good, thanks! “Your horse is a mirror to your soul” I will always remember. I feel bad I took a camera in to see Gray with so soon. I was still building trust. I should have brought apple slices. Wonderful movie recommendations!! By the way, what snack would be best to feed Gray with?

  6. ‘Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.’ – So true!!

    Horses love sugar cubes, carrots, apples… but I don’t if it’s a good idea to give Gray and Buddy a snack… maybe the owner gets upset.

    Next time you see your new friends talk to them in a soft voice… they love soft voices!!

    Ah! you can bring music too… horses love music!! haha

    • Thank you, I will bring carrots or apples. I usually have my iPhone with me so I can play them music too. Fabulous reply. Thanks Julie!

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