Be Still

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Yesterday, I heard and read the phrase, “be still” several times. I didn’t think much of it, other than realizing it’s something I don’t do well. My mind is never still and I’m always on the run and always busy doing something.

Yet, these words were helpful last night.

When I was in the pasture attempting to halter my horse last night, she kept walking away. I’ve written about her need to be unhindered before, for which I blame her Mustang heritage. Anyway, about 45 minutes into the proceedings, I heard the words “be still.” I decided to obey and almost instantly, my horse, who was about three feet away from me, walked up behind me and put her nose on my arm. I continued to just stand there and she nuzzled me. When she slowly walked away, I walked the opposite direction and she turned to follow me. After that point, she stood next to me and allowed me to put my arms around her neck and slide the halter on her. She didn’t resist.

I can’t explain why or how this worked. I don’t know whether simply being still will work in the future, but it was the right thing for this particular moment. If nothing else, I think it was a good reminder that sometimes we need to just “be still.”

Today, I read another post that mentioned “be still” and meditating. I think someone is trying to tell me something. Coincidences happen for a reason and I’ve always believed it’s a sign from above that I’m on the right track, though I don’t always know where or what that track leads to.

As my schedule becomes less chaotic with River Valley Riders winding down for the year, I think I need to take some time to just “be still.” To not cram my schedule full of other commitments, as I usually do, but to focus on reflection, meditation and simply improving myself. To be with Nate, friends and family. To focus on relationships with people and with God, rather than being busy for the sake of being busy. To just “be still” sometimes.

 

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4 Responses to Be Still

  1. What a great message. In this day and age with everyone so connected all the time and the constant multi-tasking, it’s extremely difficult to just “stop and smell the roses”. This post makes me want to do some yoga!

  2. Lisa says:

    Great thoughts! When someone says “be still”, I always extend it in my mind to “Be still and know that I am God.” Love that verse; thanks for the re-newed focus.

    Hope this continues to work well for your horse too!

  3. cecilia says:

    I do agree, just standing still with an animal is wonderful, usually i have a camera in my hand so i stand or crouch a lot just waiting for the shot and usually i know where every animal is but sometimes i miss one and will feel the gentle touch of a snout on my leg. (A pig or calf mostly) They are standing still with me, quietly.. Lovely post..c

  4. wonderful post and a set of wonderful words. i’m the person who always feels like there are a million things blitzing through my brain and never really pause to ‘be still’ so i often have to force myself to remember to sloooow the heck down and take a chill pill sometimes. thanks for the reminder!

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