One of my favorite zen strategies


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.


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!


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.

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

20 thoughts 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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  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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      1. 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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  3. 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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