I have been running (jogging) a lot over the past few years. I used to have the idea that it was something I should be able to do for a short time
and get the results, and then I could quit (ha ha). During the past year, my attitude has really changed, to where I now run, or work out if it is
too hot to run, as a habit, because I NEED it to keep my stress level from work down, and maintain my health and sanity.
When I first started, I used to try to keep up with my husband, who has been a runner all his life, and consequently, I was always struggling with it,
and often caused myself unnecessary injuries. I was SO frustrated, because he just seemed to float along, while I was laboring and struggling and
usually in pain in one area or another. I gave up trying to keep up, and now we just walk to our starting point together, then he takes off and I go
my own pace. I run about 5.2 miles in 50 minutes, on average. He runs the same route in 39 minutes -WOW!
At any rate, while I was really struggling, and wearing knee wraps to keep the pain down, I had been doing a lot of energy work and yoga, and one day
when I was running into a headwind, I kept feeling like there was a herd of horses running with me. Horse, the leader, was running right beside me
and would put his nose against my back and gently nudge me on. There was a female horse waiting up ahead, at the turn in to my neighborhood, and we
were all running to greet her. It really helped me keep going that day.
Since then, I have thought of Horse when I have needed an extra push while running, but also more recently, now that I run for myself and don't worry
about trying to keep up with my hubby, I still feel the herd around me, tossing their heads and whinnying and Horse gives me the extra nudge or
sometimes lays his head across my back like a hug.
Today, I was having a lovely run and I started having the same feeling and I could picture Horse and the rest of the herd with me, and it suddenly
dawned on me that I have been quite attracted to horse art in the past few years, even to where I purchased some amazing
black and white photos of horses
facing into approaching storms, one of the times when I was up in Flagstaff
last year, and had them framed professionally and hung them in my front hallway. I love living in the American Southwest, but I have never been one
to like Country music or Country kitsch, but I love these photos, they are anything but kitschy.
Thinking about this made me remember how when I was a lonely little kid without many friends, going to elementary school, I used to love riding on the
- swings that
were like merry go round horses. I named my favorite one "Blueberry" (guess what color it was) and I used to try go get a turn swinging on him at
recess, whenever I could.
I live in a big city and do not own horses. I have ridden, when my friends and I used to go wash cars for the money to rent horses for trail rides,
back when the Air Force Academy stables, in Pine Valley, used to have horses you could pay to ride by the hour. Horses aren't on my mind often, it
just struck me today, when I was running, that there seems to be a common thread here, and it made me think - could this be a "guide" or "totem" such
as people talk about? When I envision the herd running with me, and especially Horse, I can really feel a strong sense of energy, to the point I can
practically hear snorting and chuffing and feel the pounding hooves. It is an interesting thought, at any rate.
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