On Being Present in Every Season
by Catherine Madera
The summer of 2015 went down in history as the hottest on record. Even as the weather was heavenly (personally, I never tire of sun), it was a season of extreme challenges as well. When fall came early, in late August, many people breathed a sigh of relief. While I welcomed the rain we desperately needed, I always struggle to let summer go. Fall opens the door to full schedules, cold, dreary days and the rush of the holiday season.
I’m not sure when I first welcomed the change of season in my spirit, but one day while working outside on my small farm I looked around at the golden leaves starting to drop, the horses frisky in the chill and the fall sunshine burning off the fog. I took a deep breath. Around back I knew the raspberry canes were brown and drooping and the sunflowers had all been picked. Like the garden out back, I was ready to go fallow—that quieting within that later encourages growth without. It is a time to welcome rest. It’s not a time to rush, regardless of what the retail industry shoves in our faces.
Mindfulness is a popular practice that encourages being present in the moment. Personally, I don’t like that word because my mind is plenty “full” already. So I’ve coined a new word: spirit-fullness. This means engaging, with my spirit, more fully day-to-day, in every season and welcoming new rhythms. When my spirit is present and alert, my life is rich with meaning. I’m not nearly as concerned about chasing a “to do” list. As the holiday season approaches, I encourage you to nourish your spirit—make time for your horse, read a good book, rest. Lastly, regardless of the season, there’s always something going on at Bolender Horse Park. Learn more about it on page 6.