Here in Florida the seasons change — not quite as drastic as you Northern folks experience. You change from true cold, snow, wind, ice to the beginning of lush plant life – I showed some skunk cabbage I found in NJ, a month ago on my last blog. The cabbage came fourth just after the snow melted. I am looking forward to my move North – to Drummond – in a few days – During my first few weeks there I bet I find the lush growth of spring poking up. I want to look down on the ground and find the sights of spring — I will search my property and surrounding woods for photo opportunities of new growth. Maybe a morel mushroom or two?–I will sit quiet – practice relaxing my body and my thoughts.
It is good to practice relaxing because up North I will work( play) every day with horses — all of the books I have read by the famous horse trainers tell us that a horse know when a person is not relaxed – you can not hide your inner state of mind from a horse — the horse trusts those that are not stressed — The horse’s mind says “If the human in my life is stressed there must be something wrong – I better watch out for myself – that thing that is stressing my human is obviously greater then he/she can handle – therefore, I am not going to follow him/her. I have to take the lead role here and protect me and my human”
I do not believe that I must copy any one horse training method — I think they all work, and the common sense methods that fit my mold that are in-between those written in books, will also work – Work if I include the foundations of horse training practiced and researched by professionals. One of those foundations is Relax — no stress — you can’t hide it from a horse — probably can’t hide it from your loved ones either – but that is another subject.
All of that to say – RELAX — Go outside, Look up, See the art gallery God hung in the sky today! Enjoy a period of sitting on a bench, laying on the ground, leaning against a tree, — take out your cell phone and capture the clouds in your sky to show your family. You will not be a nut for doing that – well, if you are you will have lots of company – over 34,000 of them.
The Cloud Appreciation Society is a society founded by Gavin Pretor-Pinney from the United Kingdom in January 2005. The society aims to foster understanding and appreciation of clouds, and has over 34,101 members worldwide from 165 different countries, as of November 2013.