One of my favorite zen strategies

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The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.

– Sharon Ralls Lemon

I love this quote, almost as much as I love watching mustangs (the two featured horses in this post are mustangs,) out on the range. I love just sitting still watching them being horses for hours. Luckily here in Nevada there’s still many places where you can do that. While being around horses we are forced to be present.

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To me, mustangs will always be special. Their beauty, spirit, and wisdom inherited for generations, is unmatched. I love sharing their beauty with you, and my prayer is that it does to your soul, what it does for me.

With flowing tail and flying mane,

Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,

Mouth bloodless to bit or rein,

And feet that iron never shod,

And flanks unscar’d by spur or rod,

A thousand horses – the wild – the free –

Like waves that follow o’er the sea,

Came thickly thundering on.

– Lord Byron

The first time I was close enough to look a wild horse in the eye (from a distance of course,) I started to cry, and then this huge peace settled in, and stayed with me for a long time. I make it a priority to dedicate several weekends a year, to visit places where I know that the likelihood of seeing wild horses is good. Watching them play, or simply nibble on the sage brush, is an emotional experience unlike anything else. This is one of my favorite zen strategies, without a doubt, along with grooming a horse, spending time in the mountains, photography, and taking care of a garden. Any time spent in nature helps me stay grounded. What about you? What helps you keep everyday stress from taking over your life? Share your favorite tips in a comment! 

Have a fabulous day!

Love,

Ms Zen

PS. I f you haven’t liked my new Facebook page yet, I would be thrilled if you do!

PS 2. My mission is to share zen strategies; and encourage a healthy lifestyle, with a close connection to nature and animals, using my photos and stories as the medium for inspiration.

20 Comments on “One of my favorite zen strategies

  1. So beautiful even looking at the photos it gives a sense of the serene, thankyou for sharing. Its funny when I am with our horses or any for that matter. I still love to bury my face in their manes its one of the moments I actually do breath.

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    • Awe, thank you my friend. I’m so happy you enjoyed this post. I can relate to your ritual with your horses. They are just the best!

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    • You are so lucky! I’ve started a few mustangs and they are fabulous horses. I don’t have a horse at the moment, and I envy you. Enjoy your mustang ❤️ Thank you 🙏

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  2. Like you, nature and gardening are my set points. Couldn’t cope without my daily walks and now that it is spring, time spent gardening. I’m excited that the warm seasons are now laid out before us!

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    • Spring is an exciting time for us nature lovers 😊 I can’t wait to see more fabulous photos from your garden. It was definitely one of my highlights last year.

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      • Aw, how nice of you to say. 🙂 ❤ I'm hoping to post more than I did last summer. The kitten took much of my focus. She's a year old at the end of this month, but barely slowing down. If anything, her climbing is getting worse! Yesterday she was balancing on top of the clothes rack with an eye to leap to the top of the hutch, which has vases on it. It would have been disastrous if she hadn't been pulled away in the nick of time! Oy!

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  4. I’m having a Zen Friday, complete with yoga this morning, and catching up with reading posts! I love that poem, it reminds me of the mare we had when I was 10 years old (up in Oregon) and her little filly (sort of wild)! Like your new theme, Maria, and have liked your FB page!

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