To disclose or not to disclose: why I sometimes hate labels

For the first time in my life I’m writing a blog post that I am dreading even as I type. As I sit here thinking about the topic on my mind I’d rather get up and do ANYTHING than finish this post. I forge on as an exercise in self discipline. I’ve had labels, privacy, and disclosure on my mind for the past couple of weeks. It’s interesting to think that after jealously guarding my privacy about limitations that have been a part of my life since a the Big Bang, a spinal cord injury in 1985, I’ve decided to haul out the Americans with Disabilities Act to enforce my rights for the first time ever. Once again, as he has been in the past, Hank the Tank has been the catalyst for my contemplation. This time on the fine art of labeling ourselves. […]

Initiations of another kind

Most shamans would answer when asked how they knew they were healers that, “We are called by the spirits.” And if you ask a Peruvian holy man or woman how they were selected they’d tell you of being struck by lightening. I’ve certainly survived being struck by metaphorical lightening – more than once. Yet no one was more surprised than I was when I ended up on the receiving end […]

Enter the black dog

As anyone who knows me, follows me on Twitter or is connected on Facebook knows, a couple of years ago The Magnificent Beast, a gorgeous […]

By | December 1st, 2014|Animal-Inspired Mindfulness|1 Comment

Like a horse to the barn

I want to mark this day. I’m currently in the process of embarking on a whole new kind of life, one focused on me and mostly me alone, with more time to do the many things I’ve always dreamed of. And more time to work on my book about White Horse Medicine. I’m becoming an empty nester. […]

White horses and heroes and metaphors, oh my!

Do you have the energy and strength to face life? Life can ask more of you than you are willing to give. Joseph Campbell said that in his classic, The Hero’s Journey. A couple of weeks ago as announced here I had the adventure of working behind the scenes with Old Spice Man, actor and former NFL wide receiver Isaiah Mustafa on a commercial […]

White medicine horse to meet Old Spice Man at Circuit of the Americas

In celebration of the conclusion of the V8 Supercars Austin 400, the spectacular international Arabian breeding stallion Nebras Al Rayyan will be participating in a media event and promotional photo shoot at the Circuit of The Americas from 12:30 – 1:00PM on Monday, May 20, 2013. […]

Stepping into Medicine Woman’s shoes

For several months now I’ve been involved in a transition of sorts. Call it finally “cashing in my initiation chip,” if you will. To explain I’ll share something my sister-friend Dee sent me recently. It’s certainly not something that is new to me. I’ve known I that carried the Wounded Healer archetype for decades. Yet the fact that someone else so close to me, with so many intimate connections to my new path shared it in an email recently kind of brought it full circle. […]

Ace the Wonder Dog

A couple of years ago I began emailing frequently with a new internet friend, a young woman from Egypt who is very close to her animals and wanted to learn to better communicate with them. Several of us were learning the art of deep mindfulness around our animals and reading an astounding little book called Kinship with All Life, a classic for animals lovers written decades ago. Though we had only previously talked about our horses, one day my new friend told me that she sensed that I had a dog that had something very important to tell me.  I had three dogs at the time, so she described the one in question using her limited English as “light chestnut” – exactly what his color would be called if he were a horse – and then proceeded to describe clearly what I recognized as my golden retriever’s personality. […]

By | April 19th, 2009|Animal-Inspired Mindfulness|5 Comments