Saying Yes to Living Wholeheartedly

Last week, I said yes. Yes to go back to Arizona. Yes to growth. Yes to challenges. Yes to self-care. Yes to life.

I thought I had finished my education in the south when I became an Eponaquest Instructor last spring, but it turns out life had other plans. This past week, I returned to Linda Kohanov’s ranch to act as a small group leader to an inspiring group of apprentices coming from around the globe.

View from the Whipple Observatory, overlooking mountains in Arizona and Mexico.

True growth never comes easy – it is always fraught with challenges and vulnerabilities. However, passing up an opportunity to stretch and expand can feel more difficult. Letting go of a moment of potential growth is like watching a ship pass me by heading into a beautiful sunrise – I had a ticket, but not the courage to board. That said, no remains part of my vocabulary as I don’t want to board the Titanic.

The discerning eye of Leyla, a mare at Eponaquest. Photo credit: Antje Seeber.

One of the greatest gifts of cultivating my mental, physical and emotional skill sets at Eponaquest is the learning environment created there. Some classrooms of life have more of an emphasis on competition, intimidation and punishment. In contrast, feeling supported and encouraged without judgement, allows for integrating new information and concepts exponentially faster.

Right to left: Savannah, Brandi and Leyla. Known as the “spice girls” at Eponaquest ,  this herd of mares are having a lazy afternoon snooze. Photo credit: Antje Seeber.

Perhaps as a side effect to being in this healthy learning environment, perhaps because I am not simultaneously trying to run a farm and farrier business – or maybe it is combination of the two – my self-care radically improves while I’m in Arizona. Taking morning walks and jogs, committing to eating healthy, and researching topics that peak my interest, nourishes my soul in ways that rejuvenate and uplift me.

On a morning walk.

This is not to say I want to live there – I love my home. What it does say is that I need to carry these habits back with me, and infuse them more into my day-to-day life. I want to feel the intensity of the sun on my face, even when it feels faint and far away at the end of December, and infuse my being with motivation. I want to take the desert winds of change and creativity, and breathe them in on cold winter mornings that beg me to stay in bed.

I am grateful for each day, as they are all filled with possibility and potential for me to live and say yes.

Walking the path of wholehearted living.

How do you say yes to life?

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9 Replies to “Saying Yes to Living Wholeheartedly”

  1. I love the “permission” being elsewhere gives me, to change it up, and stretch and explore and renew – instead of driving what’s expected. IF I can bring even a minuscule amount of that magic home afterwards – I am nourished.

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  2. I say ‘Yes!’ to life because it broadens my horizons, feeds my soul and raises my spirits.
    Without the activities I engage in and the joy they bring, my life would be dull and dark instead of full and bright.
    It’s not always easy to say yes – yes to playing in the band with all it entails, volunteering at Hospice, caring for my family, mediating with conflicted families, exercising, stretching and eating well so I can care for and ride my horse, yes to riding clinics that require extreme physical endurance for me. But at age 69 3/4 that is how I persevere and get the most out of my life. I am very fortunate to have these opportunities 🙂

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