Prairie Blog

  • Horses – Listening To Instinct

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    Horses do not exist in a world of good and bad or right and wrong. They seem to live in a place of fluid response to “what is” where decisions are made on the basis of what is the next best thing to do in the moment, listening to instinct and not questioning whether it […]

  • Congruent Communication

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    LINDA’S THOUGHTS – Horses expect congruent communication and when we are not congruent, they will show us our inconsistencies and open the door to growth. “Congruent communication brings us into ourselves and asks us that we become honest not just with others in our  lives, but with our internal sense of self. It seems that […]

  • Equine Therapy: How Horses Help Humans Heal

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    By Lisa Esposito Sitting within the confines of a traditional office, talking things out with a therapist between four walls, doesn’t always work for kids and adults grappling with tough mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. For some people, adding equine-assisted psychotherapy may be an option. Hanging out with horses could feel more natural and […]

  • Singing Our Songs

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    Article by Bob MacArthur Have you been neglecting something important about who you are? If so, this post is a nudge to bring it back into the light. A few days ago I picked up my guitar. Abandoned in a corner for far too long, it has been with me since 1960. The years of […]

  • Five Ways To Move Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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    Most of the time we like to confine ourselves in cocoons of safety. We make life a routine and don’t strive to be better people. Going for the simplest option is natural. Besides, you are safe and surviving without ever having to face your fears and overcoming them. Unfortunately, living an ordinary life isn’t exactly […]

  • People Are Hard On Themselves

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    By Allan J. Hamilton – Zen Mind Zen Horse It is human nature to want to improve ourselves: physically, financially, emotionally. And as we age and mature, our efforts seem to focus naturally on spiritual growth as well. But that requires new insight and skills we must practice. We need to build up karmic muscle […]

  • GIFTS

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    Article By: Linda Kent Bruce GIFTS A man on the street corner holding a sign reading “$1 — Good karma,” looks up at me with a huge grin and I hand him two singles while asking if I can get a little extra. My friend yanks the edge of my shirt as we walk away, […]

  • BREATHE

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    Article By: Linda Kent Bruce Oh so simple yet oh so complicated. Remembering to do those basic things that keep us healthy and alive. Often when I pull down the quarter mile driveway at Soulful Prairies my mind starts reeling out of control. I see the front sign tipping to one side and make a […]

  • Who Are These People?

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    Each of us writes our life’s narrative. Have you ever wondered why certain people have shown up in it? — those who lifted you up, those who darkened your days or those who left you wondering? By Linda Bruce Who Are These People? By Bob MacArthur The closing of a year provides a timely opportunity to ask […]

  • Tonight I Toast Me!

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    I love this porch and I never get tired of the way the sun slinks into the pond in the evenings. Tonight I sit alone as I do many evenings at the farm but I am feeling a bit different. I have opened a bottle of champagne to toast myself. Something stirred in me today […]

  • Bobby The Tree

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    It started with a raffle ticket bought at the Land Conservancy fund raiser and a big win. Before my Mom and I knew it we were the proud owners of a Burr Oak. Historically known as a magnificent slow growing tree protected by spirit and against all odds spared from farmers clearing their land to […]

  • Taking The Next Step

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    With each new step at Soulful Prairies I feel exhilaration and then there is always a little anxiety that tends to creep in. I used to think that when I reached that place of true understanding and confidence those feelings would disappear but in reality that is ridiculous! In reality a bit of anxiety drives […]

  • Finding My Way

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    We bought the property that has become Soulful Prairies in 2010. The dreams, ideas and hopes for what would become of the land were vague but stirred excitement and enthusiasm. Little did I know of the heartache and struggle that would blast in and out of our lives over the next five years as we […]

  • The Summer of the Ducks

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    I can remember vividly the summer of the ducks. I was about twelve and my family was living on a lake. In past summers I had raised little abandoned baby duckling and then putting my own heartache aside, I would release them to enjoy their lives in the wild. This summer was different. Our lake […]

  • Beginnings

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    As a kid I can tell you I was sensitive yet feisty, not to mention pretty darn sure I was almost always right.  I can remember desperately wanting to create but also not having the patience to slow down and give whatever the whim of the moment was, the time that it took. I wanted […]