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I feel as if I am slowly getting my feet about me, what a journey I have been on for the past 5 months with my daughter. No closer to answers to her condition, no course of treatment or what ever it may be to get her back to where she once was.
Long are the days of my fit equestrian that rode 7 days a week to now being bed ridden, unable to escape the pain in her head and the lack of balance once she is up which prevents the simplest tasks about the horses. She has lost her bearings.
Her situation is like murky waters in my best opinion, there is not enough clarity and so we continue to travel, advocate and seek what we can to help better understand what is going on for her.
I would not wish this upon anyone and certainly not a parent, although I have come to learn much about myself and what means most to me in this life, my family.
Calendar pages have been flipped, months have passed. Schooling stopped, sibling’s being juggled, animals on the balance, life on the back burner, we were in survival mode grasping for a taste of normal, a glimpse of what we used to have.
Invisible illness, the ones you cannot see and the amazing beings that suffer in silence all the while being judged by others because you cannot see her pain. My daughter has strength an army could draw from. Pain is her normal, excruciating pain. The pain that would bring grown men to their knees I see it in her eyes, she is never with out it yet she too carries on.
Hope, it seems to be all we have and no matter how small the offering is we have held to it like breath. Since the beginning of this journey our tour guides have left us wondering how to navigate this adventure and I found the voice I did not know I had.
It became clear to me my desire was to get direction and instruction as direct and clear as possible and yet that not happening would cause me to get frustrated. The institution has a way that is not familiar to our lives and yet we tried to mind ourselves the best we could to be open to what would come our way yet we felt often we were with out a voice and unheard.
Yet we are home now, grasping to our hope in the form of a private clinic and while we fund raise to get there we try to be as present in our time on the farm as we possibly can.
Living in the here and now has been the foundation of our family code yet the system has pushed me further from this through anticipation of waiting and wondering what the person that has absolute control over your destiny will say.
You lose yourself, you lose the moment and you end up nor here nor there of what you desire most. The grand prize of clarity through answers and solutions, will these afford the foreseeable discharge from the institution to get back to family to regain balance..?
What I learned coming out of our last stint in the hospital is that all you really have is the here and the now and that we were the lucky ones to draw the card that said the path to the grand prize will not be an easy road. We are strong enough to handle this and nature has timed summer to show us the way back to connection.
With the help of the horses and their needs being met through care and the heat requiring us to take shelter in the shade, we are present and we come now with a greater awareness and understanding to what that means.
I am grateful for our farm and all that she has to offer to us, I am grateful to have all of my children in close proximity they can fall into my arms and know I am here.
It is only a matter of time until the source of my daughter’s pain is revealed and we will have answers yet until then we are here, we are together and we are connecting and connected in the most heart filled moments we can create.
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I have had the best fortune to be able to live in a very intimate and close situation with 4 very incredible beings, our small herd of horses. My life style made a dramatic change when we relocated to this area and we were really living with the horses.
Being home with the horses gave me greater access to them then I ever encountered in our previous living situation as we would have to board out the horses. I was given the gift of an education, directly from the horse’s mouth to speak.
I had the time and I was living in a very present state, being in the moment I was able to watch, learn and experience that one may perceive as magic.
It has been known that animals can be a great source of healing and leaders in therapy as they are very aware beings that can help shift one’s personal energetic, mental and physical state.
As I live with Type 1 diabetes I was experiencing change with in my own body that could only be accounted for from the time I spend with the horses.
I have felt a real urge from the essence of myself to open the farm for others to experience what I do. My family has benefited greatly by just being present and around the horses. We take great pleasure in providing the best existence we can for them and do not ask for much in return.
This is an introduction of sorts into what I would like to offer~
To be in or near the company of horses returns our selves to a very calm state of being.
The feeling and the results of such calm are tangible. I believe all animals can offer this calm being, reducing heart rate and clearing mind allowing for deep natural breathing to take place.
The idea of Breathing with Horses is to offer and open an environment that is assessable and safe. Horse experience is not necessary and horse/human safety is put forth first.
Whether you feel you are a creative spirit, the Breathing with Horses environment offers an open space near the horses with access to paper and crayons. The simplicity of being will help with the reconnection to nature and the space it’s self.
Living with Type 1 Diabetes a key factor in maintaining consistent low blood glucose numbers is the removal of stress from your life. I became very aware that being with our horses would often lower my sugars.
I feel that everyone one with pain or confusion in one’s life would benefit from this space
Human nature seeks opportunity to play and rejuvenate we take holidays to take a break and check out of the hustle and bustle all while we are really checking into life during these mini spurts of reconnection to self and nature.
To get away from it all and camping as an example gives a person a chance to forget about timelines and agenda’s and connect to a greater sense of being as the presence of nature, with its sounds and smells keep you in the here and now.
I feel as humans we do not afford ourselves this luxury as much as we should. We have confused the priority and what it is that will really enable us to feel better about ourselves trying to satisfy our needs from an external place rather than looking from the inside out.
We are all connected to each other much deeper than most realise and yet we are coming to a time in life where quite the opposite is happening. A time of awakening some call it. It seems that the external gratification is no longer feeding the deep routed needs to connect and ground one’s self.
There is many ways and languages bringing us back to the same place. Connecting to nature and being in the present moment is the way back to self.
Sometimes one does not know where to start and so it is our intention to offer our property as this place. Some find meditation their way or medium to connect and ground and yet there are many that find new age philosophy and terms not approachable.
We offer a non-judgemental space where you can come as your self with out expectation. You can use the tools we provide in a non judgemental way to find the quiet space inside.
We are proving a space for you to be in while doing something that makes you happy. Do you have a mobile craft you would appreciate doing in the company of horses.
Do you crochet, read, write, or bead.?.
Would you like to walk a stone labyrinth..?
Would you like to be near horses, do you enjoy grooming or just being near by?
We do not offer horse riding and any hands on time with the horses are in a facilitated and supervised situation.
We honour animals as they are not less than us rather our equals and greater than. Our animals are not here to serve us rather we are here to serve them.
We offer a unique experience with a small herd of well cared for horses that each brings their own abilities and connections.
All beliefs and denominations are welcome here.
At this time we ask you to email to set up a time to come out.
My intention at this point is to get word out
I want people to come either as an open house to be in the yard with horses near by or private session for someone seeking to go in with the horses.
I would like to offer the Round pen to yoga instructor to offer a session while horses turned out.
I would like 2 picnic tables with flat top and roll paper to draw and colour
This experience is open to all ages, great for people that live with disease, disorders and medical issues. Children diagnosed with Spectrum Disorders, ADD. Asbergers
For us all to be safe and remain in a positive way there are rules we need to be aware of and abide by to make sure this experience remains as it should.
Please do not enter into the horses physical areas unless supervised or given direct permission as this is the horse’s space and we respect this.
Please do not hand feed the horses. If we offer the horses’ apples and carrots we put them on the ground as we do not want to confuse the horses as mouth contact holds a different meaning to the horses.
Please do not wander out of designated areas.
Please leave your mobile device in your vehicle.
Please bring an open mind and leave any expectations at home.
Please pack a lunch
Please bring your favourite craft or hobby
Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
Come as you are.
We are a farm remember your rubber boots..!
Life is made of energy and we are all energetic beings. Energy flows to a fro from us and needs to be balanced and grounded. When our energy system is not, over time this can cause dis-ease in our systems showing up in different ailments.
I believe it is our connection to earth (grounding) and balance with nature that will keep us in check.
We require opportunities to be able to re-align ourselves and I believe that the horses aid in this process. As we do what we enjoy such as crafting in the presence of the horses this enables us to learn to recognise and feel the process.
The Spirit Horse