A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


My journey continues to take me to places where I can move forward and continue to grow spiritually or once again, get lost in the weeds. Sometimes the little ankle biters are my nemesis. It is a matter of stopping the down spiral, and remembering to breathe and rewind to start my day over again.

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Stalking My Roots – by Bob Rush


I admit, I am somewhat of a history buff. The past can shed light on our journey forward. There is so much to be learned and assimilated from our individual legacies, And it is with this knowledge, that can give us a sense of purpose and direction. Its like saying , “where do we go from here?”. Now, I am not saying that I am sure I am a direct descendant of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. That is too easy. There is just something special and satisfying in finding your roots. I am extremely grateful to my late mom and my sister for doing a heck of lot of the geneological research and leg work on the family history.

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Stoke the Embers – by Bob Rush


I have been all over the map lately. Off into the weeds, off into the ethers, and sometimes just plain off. There are so many things that I want to accomplish yet, I feel stuck in reaching my goals. I am truly blessed, yet find myself wanting more. Not material things, but rather intellectual and spiritual fulfillment. Sounds lofty but it truly is where my head is at. Some of it is also where I am at in my journey in this incarnation. Its about stoking the fire that resides within. It is the motivator, the focal point and the reason for my being. Fire is life, fire is power and fire is like a fuel that keeps me on track.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


For some creative strange reason, I always feel like I do my best writing at the last minute. Comes down to whatever seems to work, I guess. I have been thinking about what I have been writing about and felt I had become somewhat repetitive with my subject matter. I reached out to a mentor, who is awesome, and she gave me some food for thought. I think it is really about having the courage to say “I need help“.  There is something quite freeing once you reach out. I liken it to the big exhale.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


I have been on a bit of a sabbatical from writing. I found myself forcing things and being entirely unhappy with anything I wrote. To me, the creative process is not something that you can force. It must flow naturally.  I am in awe of many of the writers of The Magic Happens. There is something very humbling when you read much of their work. Art is somewhat like “The Force“. It must be inspired, flow like a cork on the water and of course, be in the moment.

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Road Maps – by Bob Rush


We need a certain sense of direction to assist in reaching our life goals. In order to accomplish our desires, a plan is necessary.  I think of a plan being like the tiller of a sailboat. Without one, the boat is subject to the forces of nature without any direction. The tiller allows to steer through the water to wherever we seek to go. Otherwise we drift aimlessly on the water.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


Its good to be back. Life has been a bit stressed, with many anticipated changes taking much longer than I had expected. Back to my life lesson of if you think you are patient, you probably are not. And of course, the second part of the lesson is letting it all go. I need to climb out of the driver’s seat and reacquaint myself with faith, hope and trust.  Many a day that is a tall order. I need to remember in this journey, that it is about progressing a bit rather than doing it perfectly.

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Believe in the Magic – by Bob Rush


It is the time of the year that reminds me to act with an open heart. I feel that it is about always coming from your highest , authentic self. With that said, it is paramount to always look for the best in any situation. While it may sound a bit pollyanna, having a positive outlook is the foundation in living a life with an open heart, open mind and having the ability to live abundantly. I would like to put forth that in order to live with an open heart you must have an open mind. Think of a hand and glove. In this way of conducting oneself, a genuiness of soul is created. Heart and mind must operate in concert.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


Greetings to all! I hope this day find you immersed in all good things, magic and joy this journey has to offer. This week has been a test of my ability to stay patient, relinquish control, and stay in the moment. I have been frustrated, discouraged and on a bit of a downhill slide. Yet, I return to being grateful to get me centered. I am blessed to be sitting outside by a lovely fountain and small pond listening to the sound of water under a warm October sun while creating this column. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Gifts aren’t always financial.

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Believing – by Bob Rush


I am thrilled to be back as a contributor to this awesome endeavor. Yes, magic does happen! There have been times during the past couple of months where I really felt that I had lost the knack to create and write. And, I do mean, that feeling where you just give up and feel that no one wants to read anything you have to say.  A little faith, some pixie dust and just a desire to has brought me back.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


It has been awhile since I have stopped in and said “Hey!”. There were times that I had great, thoughtful things to share but could not get them out of the old warehouse. Maybe, I just needed a swift kick in the ass, but life also got in the way. Yes, the cold slap of reality. The journey is to embark on a new chapter of my life. The process is a bit like a bumpy road.

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Are You Willing? – by Bob Rush


Risk is a word that means we are willing to step outside the box and be an adventurer. Without a bit of risk there can be no reward. A static lifestyle gains nothing. Life in bubble wrap. It goes nowhere like a Jeep stuck on a sand beach. It is about believing in your heart of hearts that the universe will support your efforts to stretch beyond limitation and lack and to really grow into something more perfect. I have said it before that life can be done perfectly if all you do is sit in the couch. But is that the way we wish to live…BORING!

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


One of the things I have been working on is learning to give myself permission to take a day off from being productive and just play! Too often I use my days off to go grocery shopping, get laundry done or whatever. I usually have a case of the “shoulds”. It really has taken some effort to let go of this insanity. It is like I am accountable to some undefined monster who proclaims “You are not allowed to relax!” And when I do relax , the voices in my head tell me to stop goofing off, wasting time and get with the program. I realize this is an ultra bad habit and perhaps an addiction?  I hope not but sometimes it makes me wonder.

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Expansion – by Bob Rush


Breathe. To expand, raise consciousness and settle the mind. To breathe is to tap into your life force. I believe that Star Wars found the secret key that unlocks the world. To breathe is to connect to the vastness of the universe.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


It’s funny how I get inspiration.  The process  begins with  reshaping my life’s view and looking to refresh the mission, I am a student of how to try to live my life with as much positive energy as possible.  While there are many dry spells in my creative process, every so often the universe responds, the planets align and BAM…I can write.

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Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


It’s been a kicker of a couple of weeks, thirty six inches of snow, vertigo tests, and just not feeling up to snuff are a few of the issues that I have been dealing with. These things have knocked me off my game. I guess that I am not as resilient as I used to be and thats ok.  I have been trying to craft a better perspective through meditation, gratitude statements, focusing on positive pursuits and not falling into the trap of isolation.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


Sometimes I feel like the proverbial lost child with no right direction. I am beginning to believe its just part of my journey. Call me a rudderless child rather than a motherless child. What I am finding is that  I am a continual work in progress. So no resting on my laurels.

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Distracted by the Bright and Shiny – by Bob Rush


There is so much in this world to get excited about. I feel like a kid let loose in the candy store. My journey to date has been all over the map. Not so much geographically but more in a spiritual vein. A pilgrim in search of real affirmation of a souls truth. I have been shooting all around the barn door but hitting everything but the intended target. A life journey is like that, seeking the divine and hoping to always find more. My journey has taken a few side trips off into the weeds as I like to call it. Many times the experience is rewarding and many times the experience is defeating. You can live life with blinders on, going forward, step by step, day by day and just surviving but in the end you miss the great mystery, joys and other treasures.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


This month has been a crazy ride taking me all over the emotional map. There have been really good, shining moments coupled with some dark ones. As much as I love this time of the year, it is also been a rough patch to endure. It has called my daily practice of being grateful for three things into question, like a test. Is it lip service or am I truly grateful? I believe to my core that I am  as in doing this daily practice helps bring light to darker places. I get the feeling of being disconnected from much of what we celebrate this time of year. Much of what I miss is a sense of belonging . Part of it is a desire to be part of something meaningful,  creative and memorable. Kind of silly, but heartfelt.

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Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


I begin this article with a full heart. It is around this time of year that I really try to live my gratitude. In so doing, a wellspring of good comes forward. Been a bit of a rough ride this year, but nothing insurmountable. In light of the problems faced by many all over the world, my troubles are minor. When I can open my heart and share love , all becomes right. What I am learning is to become more aware of the many small gifts and miracles that I receive daily. It can be a call from my sister, a romp with my grandson, Wyatt, a lovely ride on wonderful horses, cooking a delicious dinner and so on. For these things I am truly blessed. One thing I have come to realize is the gift of self approval, self compassion and believing that I am talented and can do anything. That alone took me forever to grasp. In keeping with this month’s theme of “embellish”, I find that it means the ability to lift oneself and others up to their greatest potential.

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