Wild Horses may Run Past

Wild Horses may Run Past

The wild horses unexpectedly on our path

Yesterday morning, the end of my transformative week of guest teaching Pilates at Rancho La Puerta, I hiked up the mesmerizing Mount Kuchumaa as I have the past three years at the fitness resort. But yesterday was different. Hiking alone with my friend and colleague Barbara Stamis instead of with the group of guests made the experience a unique, solitary and more contemplative one.

Three quarters of the way in, we suddenly noticed a pack of four wild horses on the mountain trail less than 50 feet in front of us. We stopped, spellbound and captivated by the sight. Fear quickly set in – how might wild animals act upon discovering us? What if they gallop in our direction on this narrow path of steep mountain where we can’t step aside?

But the fear soon turned to awe and gratitude for the chance to witness this rare moment. These majestic creatures had paused to graze and peer out across the vast expanse of Mexican landscape beyond, as if they were in fact reflecting and meditating. In this dreamlike moment, I felt like Helen Mirren in the film The Queen where she unexpectedly discovers an elegant deer on her property and is forever changed by its breathtaking beauty and all it represents.

Just as suddenly as we had discovered the horses in our presence, they galloped away without warning, exhibiting their grace and power. That fleeting minute of connection with these bewildering animals was a metaphor for my entire visit this year. This visit was so entrenched in discoveries from fear morphing into untapped potential. Discoveries only possibly from my willingness to surrender. To let go of ego and ingrained beliefs I’d mistakenly held as truths. To let go of habits and patterns. To allow myself to be present and open in order to find and exhibit my own grace, power and potential.

Releasing the grip allows for new ideas, experiences and opportunities to enter. I know this. I teach this. But I sometimes forget it when it applies to myself.  And this week I remembered it and experienced it yet again, just as I will throughout my life again and again for ongoing self-actualization.

Releasing that grip and creating space in my mind, my schedule and my world around me this week opened the curtains for clarity to stream in and paved the path for wild horses to run past.

By | 2017-01-20T04:35:35+00:00 April 9th, 2012|Personal Expansion, Professional Development|3 Comments

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  1. Francine April 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful encounter that must have been! I saw wild horses running while in Extremadura, Spain and I will never forget the happiness I felt for their strength and freedom. Your writing brought me back to that moment. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Darya Bronton April 10, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Rebekah – Celebrating your process of self actualization…your grace..power…potential and PRESENCE!!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey and for this lovely reminder!!
    Love Love Love you!!!

  3. jere April 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    thank you Rebecca for the beautiful word pictures and the photograph and for the reminder that we need to be open to the new and not hold on to old ideas…..surrender
    we will be going to the ranch again in august, we’ll miss you but know that there will be other new experiences……. and hiking will be on the agenda for sure…..

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