New Spin on What’s Old

New Spin on What’s Old

 

 

Welcome to my world! I know that seeing a pile of manure is not exactly what you thought you would be viewing today but please bear with me a minute. This is what manure usually looks like, once it is put into the spreader.

Manure management is a large part of my life, and a chore which, when done with the attitude of “holy toil” is quite enjoyable. Why, one can even write a book about it, which can turn into an Amazon #1 Hot New Release! (I confess, a bit of promotion there!)
I have 52 years of working with this material…So I might know a few things about it.
However, even with a long lens of experience, new things can still occur! I love that!!
Isn’t it wonderful to be surprised once in a while? Staying curious, open and willing for awe and wonder to appear is a great habit to build upon!
Here in the Northeast, we have come off an incredibly brutal couple of weeks. The temperatures were below zero, and some days were incredibly windy, making the windchill factor around 20 below zero…For a few days. Everything, and I mean everything, froze. Quickly. Almost immediately. Which brings me to my surprise…For the FIRST TIME in manure management history (what a lovely way to describe cleaning horse stalls!) I removed urine that was completely frozen to the ground. It literally came off in slabs as I placed it in the wheelbarrow! Completely, utterly frozen solid, almost as soon as it reached the ground! I had to place it, in chunks, into the wheelbarrow.

If you look close, you can also see some of Big Mamma’s droppings, in the mixture. She is the goat that lives in Viton’s paddock.  But the slabs of frozen urine–I was so surprised by that! I had never experienced it before!
As I continued to clean the stall, I had a renewed sense of wonder and curiosity. Even in our most mundane of chores, newness can arise! I love that!  
What in YOUR life can become new? It does not have to be something big…it can be a tiny noticing…viewing something from a different angle, perhaps. Horses do that all the time. They stop, stare at something, and often move their head, so their eyes can look at the same thing, but from a different angle. They are curious and open, as they view their object with different perspectives. As always, they are the Master Teachers. May you be able to alter your perspective, by viewing the “same ole’ thing” with a new lens of curiosity!
We have JUST the thing to aid you in that! Our winter workshop is February 3rd, from 9:30-4:00. Entitled, Love, Connection and Journaling it will be a marvelous time of interacting with the horses, others, and ourselves. In new and old ways. Come join us!

We will continue to host our Resonant Horse in the Round Horse Circles. Stay tuned, or join meeetup.com (put in horse circle) and you will be notified as soon as a new circle is announced. Joining Meetup is free and easy to navigate!

We will continue to host our Resonant Horse in the Round Horse Circles. Stay tuned, or join meetup.com (put in horse circle) and you will be notified as soon as a new circle is announced. Joining Meetup is free and easy to navigate!

Mindy Chernoff
Mindy Chernoff
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