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Tasting The Earth With My Feet: Walking

Fall walk in Hungary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall leaves

Category: Emotions, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: Hungary, self, walking

Unexpected Adventure at Little Book Cliffs, CO

Georgia asked me to write a short story about the unexpected adventure. As a youth, I had a passion for challenging trail rides. Cottonwood trail allowed me to dip into that almost unforgotten passion.

Beautiful pre-Autumn day, two fit endurance horses, a friend (Carol), and free time to see the wild mustangs. Even as a professional trainer, my time off meant riding and viewing horses. Just a few minutes after passing through the Cameo gate at the Little Book Cliffs, we spotted our first mustangs—mares and foals. They are viewing us as we are viewing them. Wild animals normalized to degrees of human presence. I experienced this while working on a game reserve in South Africa. The modern wild animals that are on open land, but still confined by ranches, homes, preserves, parks etc. Grateful for the BLM and visionaries/supporters who want to preserve a slice of “wild”.

After meeting our objectives within the first hour, we decided to head up the canyon and explore. Of course, we didn’t come prepared with a map or water. Cottonwood trail was the path and it required a combination of riding and leading. What a cool trail! Thank you BLM for the markers on the trees! The views were gorgeous and we were wondering how much the wild horses had helped create the design of the trails. We made it to the top and really appreciated who had the grit to put in a spring fed water trough. The horses were very glad and we drank some too!

Now what? Find our way back to the trailer, but by what trail? Cell service popped up, so Carol called the number for Friends of the Mustang to get guidance. Three options: go back the way we came (“No way!” was my reaction), go down an even more difficult trail, or have Georgia pick us up. It was 5:30 pm, it was going to be getting dark by 7:30, so we opted for the remarkable taxi service. We went another two hours on the trail to meet the trailer—a short ride turned into a seven plus hour ride. The horses were in good spirits and good condition.

Crazy amazing that we were not going to have to spend the night on the mountain. As Georgia pulled up with the trailer, we initially had no idea what a remarkable intervention it was that someone who didn’t know us had a rig and the experience to navigate the road to us. Wow! I was interested in knowing more about the mustang world and had been contemplating adopting one. How perfect that our rescuer had been involved with the local herd for just under twenty years. It was like a magic carpet had shown up. As she skillfully navigated the road and enthusiastically filled us in on the herd history, status, and more, we were in awe of her kindness, as we connected with a paved road. By this time, I was growing thoughts of writing a small book with a short chapter dedicated to different herd members. By 11:30 pm we were back to the trailer and by 1:30 am, we were unloading the horses at home. Surreal in many ways, but we were more then lucky.

Looking at photos of the herd, it has more then inspired me to look for an adoptable horse. Georgia graciously offered to give us a tour in the daylight. I can hardly wait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Emotions, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Little Book Cliffs mustangs Colorado, Selfseeds emotions, Selfseeds fitness, Selfseeds personalize 5

The Mountain

 

Living in silence in the daily presence of a mountain inspires humility and gratitude. Nature and animals are the quiet witnesses to a daily practice of being in consciousness.

 

Category: Selfseeds, Stillness

Coachella Boys & Girls Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What fun to share Selfseeds with the Boys & Girls Club of Coachella! We made collages on the pages of the Selfseeds Journal. It turned out to be an enthusiastic focal point for sharing experiences with each seed verbally while finding representation in magazines. A wonderful keepsake to take home, continue on the work, and share with friends/family.

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds
Tag: Boys & Girls Club Coachella, Selfseeds

Walking In Seattle, Washington

The passion for walking in a new city is always part of my travel plan. Thank you Seattle, Washington.

Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: seattle, Selfseeds fitness, Washington

Planting Seeds

 

Thank you David from the Boys and Girls Club of Indio for sharing a wonderful garden project. Planting seeds and watching them grow!!

  1. “Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA”. TED. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Crouch, Angie (April 5, 2015). “Guerrilla Gardener Sparks Food Revolution in South Central LA”. NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
Category: Nutrition, Personalize 5, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: Ron Finley Guerrilla Gardener South Central LA Selfseeds Community, Seeds

Farm Life Fitness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking, pulling, bending, reaching, pushing, climbing, stepping up, running, stepping down, twisting, turning, living, loading, are all natural parts of farm life fitness.

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: farm, lifestyle, Selfseeds

Sharing Selfseeds for the Equestrian with Colorado Rocky Mou...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing Selfseeds for the Equestrian with the students and equestrian teachers (Amanda and Monica) at Colorado Rocky Mountain School was a pleasure. Selfseeds helped them each create a personalized map of their mind, body, and soul, so when they got on the horses bareback (I really liked the bareback approach which was a lesson for me!), they were able to get very clear and direct feedback from the horses. Both Amanda and Monica observed the students immediately were riding from a different inner awareness/exterior position without direct instruction. The second day included applying Selfseeds for the horse while working with the newly adopted Mustang and talking about the application of the 11 selfseeds while partnering/training the horse on the ground. Next, the students had a lesson with a saddle and more awareness was applied while giving direct instructions as they worked in a quadrille type file. I was very impressed how the principles of the selfseeds were applied in their personal lives in the days between the lessons! Wow! Awesome to watch selfseeds planted, nurtured, and grown over just a few days. Thank you for this inspiring and heartwarming experience!!!

Sue

“Sue Eoff’s Selfseeds program initiated almost immediate and visible transformations among our riding students. Her knowledge, humor and over-all awareness of all that contributes to the horse-human bond is truly amazing. She first introduced to our students, thru a variety of effective methods and movements, the seeds that consist of the Selfseeds program prior to getting on the horses themselves–and then the magic happened! Each student evidenced a noticeable difference on horseback; they were focused, soft, reflective, centered and ‘linked’ to their animals. And these are teenagers, mind you! Sue also worked with the school’s mustang and immediately demonstrated the need to ‘see’ training aids thru the guise of the horse. Over-all, Sue provided us with horse skills and life skills in that sometimes the best methodology of all is to simply be–be present, be mindful, be aware.”

Amanda Leahy

History Chair and Equestrian Teacher

Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Carbondale, CO
Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: Colorado, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, high school, Selfseeds for the Equestrian

Wellness Checks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heath check, blood work, or specifics are important on a regular basis–preventative care.

Category: Personalize 5, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: care for self, health checks, Selfseeds, wellness

Selfseeds for the Equestrian in Hungary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun share with a group of equestrians in Hungary. Thank you for hosting and exploring a modern design of root principles for wellness/awareness. As I travel and share Selfseeds, I see the universality of our basic human needs for a conscious, healthful life style. The horses need our support as well!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Partnering, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: horses, Hungary, Selfseeds for the Equestrian, sharing