There is a Native American saying, “Find your medicine and use it”. When I first heard this it made all the sense in the world to me. Imagine what every kid and adult, trying to figure how they want to spend their lives, might do if they took this seriously. I mean, what if we really did that. Found what we truly love to do, not what we think we should do, or someone else thinks we should do, but the way we really want to spend our time here on earth and do it. And then share it.
Well, that’s just what Ariel does everyday and was doing when he took Jon and me for a midnight ride through Central Park this past weekend. And I experienced it, I felt the power of it. The healing power. The open and generous spirit, the “horse heart” that connected not just us and the horses and the natural world that surrounded us, but everyone we came in contact with too.
When I was making the piece I was thinking of using a carriage wheel in it. But when I finished it and looked at the piece, I realized the carriage wheel had evolved into my own version of a medicine wheel. Not the traditional four directions, but this one made of hearts and wings. It’s own kind of healing. Then I knew what this piece and our midnight ride was really about. It was a healing of the heart. Something Ariel and his horse do every day, when they give someone a ride in his carriage or even just by making eye contact with a stranger and smiling. A quiet and loving mission of his.
I hope my heart will never stop healing. Each time it does, it opens up a little bit more. And when that happens, I can’t help but share it.