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blood

IMG_3166Drawing by Rebekah Nagy

blood

A mountain stream inside a breathing sac.  A palm and some garnets.

from Anatomy/Geography/Ethography by Audrey Gidman

 I spent the last week diving into the Body-Mind Centering perspectives on the organs at the Sonder Movement Project, with excellent teachers Amy Matthews, Walburga Glatz and Gloria Desideri.  All week I was entranced by the delicious drawings of fellow student Rebekah Nagy.

This drawing is of a capillary bed, the microcirculation place where arterial blood transforms into venous blood. It is the place of return and exchange from its long journey from the heart. The fluid that leaks out of the capillaries is known as interstitial fluid. It’s this leaked interstitial fluid that bathes your body cells in nutrients. The interstitial fluid is retrieved by lymphatic vessels, which return it to your bloodstream. Blood from the capillary bed is drained by the venules, which carry blood back toward the heart.

Body-Mind Centering identifies the place of this transformation and exchange as “capillary isorings” with qualities of suspended rest between going and coming, restful alertness and expanded peacefulness when the tone of this exchange is balanced.   IMG_3181 2

I love the way that Rebekah has captured to collaborative, friendly, reciprocal quality of this mysterious, transformative place – hands, meeting hands – exchanging, connecting.  The body doing its continuous labor, effortlessly.

 

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the invitation

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This is Mystical Mel, a Paint mare whose registered name is Mystical Finale. According to the description on The Mane Intent website, “her markings would suggest she is Medicine Hat Paint. The myth and mystery of the Medicine Hat Paint goes back many years. But it is known as a spirit animal with special powers, and is very rare.  Like many Medicine Hat Paints, Mel has a pink muzzle and two blue eyes, making her especially prized.”

Mel was our partner for the last part of the Expanding Body, Mind and Spirit wth Horses workshop that I recently taught at The Mane Intent.  Mel has a kind of light, floating attention that I find unusual – some confluence of her color, her mare-ness, and ethereal blue eyes.  Her presence feels expansive, yet vigilant and quietly discerning.

We entered the round pen with her two at a time, and let the experience of moving with her unfold in its own way, inviting her to connect in her own time.  The last dance was three humans and Mel.  One of the humans began to sing softly, as they linked arms, facing away from those of uis witnessing, and toward Mel. She approached slowly and then moved carefully into the circle of their bodies, looking at them and toward us with those astonishing eyes. The song ended and horse and humans moved slowly apart.

This work is always surprising, always moving – an experience that is beyond words – one that lives in the deep possibilities that live in our wordless connection with horses. The invitation to join is offered without limitation or expectation.  For us, the greatest gift is simply to breathe and to be in the presence of that embodied mystery.

 

the mane intent

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To be  clear, it was not snowing in Indian River, Ontario today.  I did, however, have the great pleasure of working with these two beautiful girls, Belle and her daughter Blue this afternoon, and a group of nine generous and courageous women.  I am teaching Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement with Horses at The Mane Intent, run by Jennifer Garland, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last October when she visited me in Connecticut.

Being with horses always seems to take us where we need to go, often giving us the support that may have otherwise been missing or unacknowledged.  This way of working is grounded in the shared languages of movement and touch, and has little to do with conventional horsemanship or riding, although it may nourish both.  Rather, it invites to explore connection in unexpected and often surprising ways.

I am so privileged to be invited to share what I have been learning over the past 22 years.  It is always new, always deeply moving.  And I am so grateful to the horses, who allow us to approach, to touch, to dance, to be.

To learn more, contact me.