|Midnight at the Great Sand Dunes, early December 2010|
|Zak and Maggie at Doug's place in Belin, New Mexico|
|Riding the Dunes|
|Horses at rest in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico|
|Midnight is ready to roll after a good night's rest|
|Zak chasing down the herd on the white sands of Alamogordo.|
|Horses spent the night next to this big boy. He's only two, but has a wingspan on those horns of more than 50 inches!|
|Crossing the deserts of Arizona, just outside of Tucson.|
|Trying to catch the horses as the sun sets.|
|Joshua Tree outside 29 Palms. A view of the San Bernadino Mountains from the Blackrock Trail.|
|Magic at liberty.|
|Feeling good before my healing crisis. New Hairdo. New Outfit. Thanks Zak!|
In the parking garage of the San Francisco Hilton.
I am in a healing crisis. Laid up with bad sciatica related to a sacral injury from April 2010, when I was bucked off unexpectedly from my favorite mare. I am determined to heal this pain and emerge a new and painfree version of me. When I am done, I may just feel like sunshine is bursting inside of me, shafting rays of light through every pore of my being!
Here is my affirmation for hips, which I borrowed from a book called "Home Remedies That Work", by Wilen and Wilen.
"I walk through life with joy and ease, safely doing whatever I please."
Now, doesn't that just sound like me? It sure sounds like what I want my life to be like. I'm saying it once an hour now, because the opposite has been true for a couple of weeks.
I am vowing right now to all my friends that I will do whatever is needed to heal this pain. I start a juice fast in the morning. I saw 2 chiropractors, an accupuncturist, and two massage therapists this week. I have been doing yoga twice a day. Today I had an amazing treatment from a genius chiropractor 5 minutes from Patty's house. She adjusted my hips, my back, and my neck. She put a TENS unit on my psoas muscle which was the main culprit, and for the first time in 9 months, I was free of almost all my pain! The massage therapist adjusted my "Atlas/Axis" joint, and in the process sent searing white messages deep into my brain. I have been having vertigo for two weeks, worst in the morning, and occasional deep headaches.
I believe I am cured of that problem, but I'll know for sure if I can get up in the morning without a stagger or feeling dizzy. I'll let you know how it turns out, but I'm not done yet, regardless.
After the 3 hours of treatments (which cost only $40), I walked out "with joy and ease". By the time I got home, I was still feeling fantastic and in awe. Within a few hours those pains started coming back, and I did the stretches she recommended. The pain subsided. I see the massage therapist again on Monday, and follow up with another adjustment by good Dr. Debbie, an amazing angel of a healer. I have much hope that I can be better than ever within a very short time.
In the meantime I will be doing everything I can to become pain free and strong again.
You can help, if you want to.
This weekend, I ask that you send me your kindness on the wind and whisper my name as you fall asleep with compassion and love. If I come to mind in other times, see me smiling and galloping on the beach, in a field, over a mountaintop, swimming a river, lying in the sun.
Soon, I will be doing those things and more....
For instance, I want to be a better surfer...
Love to all!