Ciboney My Darling
Sunrise 17th of May 1997.
Sunset 10th of September 2015.
This week my very special lead mare Darling left us. Even though she is not running free with her herd anymore, she is still present through all the lessons and love she gave to us.
I rescued Darling and her herd eight years ago. During this beautiful time Darling taught me and other students hundreds of life lessons. She brought us awareness to the nature around us, how to deal with fear, to speak with clarity, how to love the sunsets, to dance, to have fun and how to create a beautiful partnership between horses and humans.
Darling opened doors in people’s hearts to reconnect with themselves and question what is really important in their lives. Questions like; how important is branded shoes and dresses, new cars, fancy ear rings and winning the comparasing game… were pondered time and time again. She taught many of us to live with less, listen to the music from the birds, love the orchestra of the jungle, cherish the moment and reconnect with nature.
Reconnecting with nature and understanding our very own role on mother earth is perhaps the most important lessons we all need today. These lessons are beyond any riding, liberty or horsemanship lessons. Many of us share a dream of a more just world for horses, humans and all living beings.
The distance between our dreams and reality is called action.
Here is what one of my favorite philosophers, Jonna Macy, writes about “The Great Turning” which is a call for action for all of us.
The ecological and social crises we face are inflamed by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth. This self-destructing political economy sets its goals and measures its performance in terms of ever-increasing corporate profits–in other words by how fast materials can be extracted from Earth and turned into consumer products, weapons, and waste.
A revolution is underway because people are realizing that our needs can be met without destroying our world. We have the technical knowledge, the communication tools, and material resources to grow enough food, ensure clean air and water, and meet rational energy needs. Future generations, if there is a livable world for them, will look back at the epochal transition we are making to a life-sustaining society. And they may well call this the time of the Great Turning. It is happening now.
Whether or not it is recognized by corporate-controlled media, the Great Turning is a reality. Although we cannot know yet if it will take hold in time for humans and other complex life forms to survive, we can know that it is under way. And it is gaining momentum, through the actions of countless individuals and groups around the world.
To see this as the larger context of our lives clears our vision and summons our courage.”
Death is a part of the Circle of Life. But.. it is anyway hard to accept as your emotions take control of your heart and mind for a while.
I will end this blog with a small poem and a few videos of my beloved mare and the dance I will always share with her.
Much sunshine, rain and tears
I am so grateful for what you taught me
to listen to the wind
to dance in the wind
to listen to the rain
to dance in the rain
to listen to the birds
and fly with you forever
between the sunset and the sunrise.
From the rivers of tears we water the new grass.
Servant of Peace – In Loving Memory