The light cool breeze strokes and folds the golden tops of the drying grass. Patches of soft blue-green sage bushes sprinkled with scatterings of deep golden sunflowers accent and contrast the smooth water-like flow of the grass. Light moisture hangs in the air and the Rocky Mountains feel more like the east coast than the arid climate I am accustomed to. As I ride my sweet Diva along the sun-filled hillside a big bull snake slithers away from the red sandstone rock where it had been gathering warmth. There has been a change and shift, late August has arrived.
I love the change of seasons and the unsurpassed beauty and complexity of Mother Earth. Each unique plant, tree and animal responding in its own way, continuous patterns of unfolding, growing, releasing, storing, and rebirthing. A change of color and new skin each season.
Later as I groomed Layla, the Champagne Golden Palomino, who is the same color of that field of grass, her fine summer hairs began to release. The hairs of her fall coat will soon push in, followed by the thicker and longer hair, even lighter in color, to prepare her for the freezing theme of winter. Nothing is static. Nothing stays the same.
And such is life. Just when we think we have found a resting spot, where everything can float along and stay the same, life offers us the opportunity, regardless if we are ready for it, to shift and change, to release and grow.
The face of the ranch is changing as I write this piece. Painters are busy replacing the old worn out trim and siding on the program house and the barns. I have chosen (after months of laboring over the endless color options) the new “skin” color for all the buildings. By the end of the week the entire complex will have a new feel and look, a new fresh skin.
Along side of this my hands have been stained with dirt as I have been tearing up old flower beds and reviving them with rich compost and new irrigation. Planting delicious peach-colored roses, Shasta daisies and coneflowers. Thank goodness for the young man that comes and works the shovel for me. It has been many hours of laboring. And it has been a labor of love.
This year is sure to bring more changes. New ideas are arising from my heart and coming to fruition as I find my “creative flow” riding my horse and working the land. I can hardly wait to share them with you. Keep an eye out in the months to come.
As we enter into the end of August I am fully aware that I have been less behind my computer and have enjoyed being one with mother earth and her creatures. Not as many blogs this summer and I apologize. However, when I lay my head on my pillow at night I have just enough time to give thanks for my rich and glorious life, home, and four legged companions before my aching body drops into a deep slumber.
Change is inevitable, how we change is our choice, we can embrace it and canter into the experience of a full life, or we can stay small and simply wish that things were different. I prefer the prior. We get to create our new “skin” each season, we have the freedom to pick our colors.
If you are ready to live that full life, to step into your passion (regardless of what that might be) I invite you to come to my sweet little ranch and experience my masterful and compassionate horses. Allow them to touch your heart, open your consciousness and move you to your next step of possibility. In the 20-plus years of experience I have had helping people create greater alignment in their life and passion, the horses have certainly provided a matchless experience for those who attend.
Be that rare individual that wants that soul connection, that understands that we really have is this moment, this one life, this opportunity to open to the world. Dig your hands into the dirt and change the color of your skin!
We have just a few spots open . . . the invitation is there for you . . .
If you are ready to be on the Path with Horse . . . you may wish to explore these options:
Annual Conference and Retreat
The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference resulted in such an expansive and rewarding time with each other and the horses that Kathy pike is hosting the second annual event. This incredible experience takes place over a three day period at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. White Stallion Ranch provides a retreat-like setting complete with an insightful herd of wonderful horses.
EFLC Certification Program
A one-year program that begins with you attending the EFLC Level One listed above. Then continue for one year with 3 additional onsite trainings, several mentoring calls, an extensive library of audio classes AND the Mind Body Method Home study courses.
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