Body Translations

I walked into my chiropractors office this afternoon.  I always get a little nervous going simply because I get a little grossed out by the idea of getting my body worked on, specifically my neck.  But, I’m always quickly convinced when he begins working, that it’s more enjoyable than it sounds.  As I sat down to wait to go into the room, the nice lady at the front desk comments on how long it’s been since my last visit.  I was thinking two years, it really hasn’t felt long.  But then she says that the last time I was in was in the year 2007.  Wow, really that long?  My mind became flooded with images from my life at that time.  I can recall with vivid detail on most importantly, how I felt.  2007 was a good year for Ink and I remember what the feeling was like when we began to have those great rides and how awesome everything was becoming.  I cared more about what I ate, drank and was truly happy, becoming confident and excited about life.

Nearly 5 years since my last chiropractor visit is pretty good, in the sense of the work my chiropractor had done, transforming my body and allowing me to not have to visit again much at all, but it was over-due.  I felt good for a long time but became hesitant to go in the most recent year as I didn’t have a means to pay for the visit.  That’s quite irresponsible.  I would put down $140 of scrapped up cash to have Ink adjusted, but wouldn’t give myself the same respect towards my own body.  Shame.

My chiropractor does cranial work and he does this bit at the end of a session where you relax on a massage table and listen to very soothing meditative music and he begins to assess and work on your jaw and further deepen the adjustments.  My jaw was extremely tight.  Terribly tight.  He explained humans natural defense postures when they become threatened and how this was effecting my jaw.

Working with Reason has made me self aware as all horses do, but my body has been stuck in this tense, crooked position and defense posture, that I am almost un-aware and un-able to make necessary changes on my own.  I can imagine how crazy I appear to Reason.  My body is appearing tense, alert and ready to fight or flight.  This makes the horse think they have reason to be on-alert as well.  Mirroring our physical and mental presence.  It will prove interesting today, as I visit Reason and see how he responds to my adjusted and already more relaxed body and posture – I feel like I have taken back my body again!


Flowing into Winter.

Reason on a cool October evening.

As the theme in my life lately, I’m not sure where to go, what to do (education, career, life), but I have a desire to experience everything.  That is something I do know and I know that is something to hold onto.  It has carried me through the wrath of the storms and through the confusion.  The beauty all the world has to offer is a constant provoking thought in my busy mind. 

Since I was young, whether good or bad, I’ve questioned everything and everyone around me.  Seeking a more in-depth understanding and detailed analysis of the inner-workings of each person I encounter and each thing; a person, place, experience I may come across in this life.  So many excellent articles have began to flow towards me lately, I’m usually adrift in many of them throughout the day.  I’m constantly in a state of peace and comfort reading.  Although I’m not in school at the moment, I’m always educating myself through all types of literature.  My mind wraps around various subjects of interest and I begin to open doors to new ideas and thinking that I had yet to experience.  It’s such a lifting and lightening feeling to get that, “ahah” moment when you know you’ve learned something new.

Perhaps you’re wondering what this has to do with horses?  I’ve learned through various ideas and thought, that horses (as well as all animals) are the honest creatures we all, whether on a conscious or sub-conscious level, desire to be.  Honest and possibly the endearing meaning of, “one with nature.”  Moving and shifting to the vibrations of the earth. To tie into my own experience with this, I’ve been dissecting my relationship with Reason, who is without a doubt, a clear measure of my own quest to become the person I want to be.  Good, confident, honest, loving.. 

Reason and I

Reason was brought into my life to teach me some great things.  From a sad situation, losing Ink, I was given this horse who is now opening other doors in my life.  I have yet to discover them exactly, but I have began to see the light coming through those doors who are slowly manifesting and one day I may open one. 

As the air becomes cool, the sun sets earlier and the winter storms of the season peek around the corner, I have been enjoying simple things with the horses..  The feeling of their soft muzzles, the warmth from their nostrils, the smell of pure horse (we equestrians know this well) and the noises they make; calling to their herd members, the release of air from their mouths, the chewing of hay, the stomping of the hooves as they attempt to keep the last flies of the season at bay and the most comforting thunder as the hooves cross the ground in a fleeting but excitable trot, canter or gallop.  Although it’s cold and nose nipping outside, when you’re around horses, the warmth can feel like a good fire, in a cozy house or cabin, cuddled up with a fuzzy blanket and maybe a good book.  Maybe some cocoa too.. 

Reason last week