As I sit in the security of my house, I give many thanks for the divine way that I arrived here and the continuing protection my home gives me. Just like the only house that the Big Bad Wolf could not blow down in the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs, my home is a brick house.
These extraordinary winds will not be able to blow down my horses either. My mare, Diva, is standing outside her paddock, facing south into the gale force winds gusting over 75 – 95 miles an hour. Her four hooves are planted and her head hangs low. (Click here, or the image to the left, to view the video.) These winds, according to the Beaufort Wind Scale, are at hurricane levels. In concern, I’ve make the trip out to make sure that my mare is not colicky. I see the other horses come out of their sheds, turn south to watch and feel the winds for a few moments, go back in to get their food, then come back outside again. It might just be their higher intelligence telling them that the sheds are not the safest spot to hang out during a major wind storm.
The police department called to instruct everyone to stay inside during the storm, as a nearby building has collapsed and large, dangerous pieces of debris are flying around. Could that be what’s keeping my horses’ attention to the south? (Click here, or the image below, to watch another video of my mustang in this powerful wind.)
Even my new windows are whistling against the wind. I stand at my big picture window and watch my 60-foot pines swaying back and forth, their forgiving trunks bending deeper than I’ve ever witnessed. I silently pray for the protection of the many trees on this small property. The owl’s nest, perched high in a ponderosa pine, is still intact and looks completely unaffected, securely fastened while moving with the tree truck.
The Old Plains Cottonwood Trees that line the canal have the strongest trunks and the weakest limbs. My guess is that whatever branches were ready to be naturally pruned away by the gale forces were brought down in the early morning hours. I am sure my driveway will be littered and I hope I can physically move the limbs.
Less than 12 hours later, 9 inches of snow has been scoured down by the winds to melted water, and the manure-spotted fields are once again exposed with small lakes forming everywhere. The power of Mother Earth is continually expressed in this area, only minutes from a town, yet still a bit isolated, often unnoticed, though unique and relentless in intensity. The horses still continue to watch to the south. One of the shed doors has been ripped off by the gale. I do hope these powerful winds do not huff and puff so much that my other buildings fall down.
Today, it is 55 degrees. Just four days ago, it was negative 10 below at night. How can these horses survive temperature changes of 65 degrees within the span of five days? What internal shifts and changes to their regulatory systems need to occur for them to survive these changes?
They are quiet today, waiting, soft in their bodies, but watching. Ginger is a bit fearful and the rest of the herd comforts her. How do these horses endure this weather?
The herd and the trees are showing me the same kind of essence. Each has their roots (real or energetic) firmly planted on and into the ground. The horses are present, always noticing. The trees are firm, but flexible, bending and giving with the wind. The horses are staying calm, while still noticing the winds around them. There is a beautiful combination of enduring strength with deep inner presence, a bending of ways, but not of will.
And so, my lesson today, from the herd and Mother Nature, is a reminder that when the energy of Chaos moves around me, it is only I that can find my calm center. It is only I that can resource my deep connection to the Earth. And that it is only I that can have the strength to endure the gale forces that might wish to knock me off my center.
My mantra today is:
Stand tall, root to the ground, be strong but bending,
present and calm, for this too shall pass.
Where in your life does Chaos reign?
How can you change your position to handle it better?
If the horses and trees can show us such strength and presence, shouldn’t all beings of the Earth have the possibility to access that? What will it take for you to access your center and maintain calmness at greater levels?
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