Editor's Postcard

Mind “Fullness”

Mind “Fullness”
Catherine Madera

On Being Present in Every Season

by Catherine Madera



Welcoming fall on a trail ride with my friend Constance in Snoqualmie, WA. Photo courtesy of Tina Laguna.

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.

Ride on!


Published in November 2015 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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