That We Can Love is The Gift

  • By Karen Nowak
  • 03 Feb, 2016

The Who Need Not Be Judged

 That We Can Love is The Gift
I sat next to a lovely soul named Joan, on one leg of the flight home from the Dominican Republic several days ago. We talked about many thing,  she about her grown daughters and I about my horses.

At one point she said to me “Imagine the love you have for your horses and multiply it by a million. That is how you would feel if you had children.” The sentiment came from her heart, her perspective.

I did, I imagined it and didn’t find love for my horses less than, just different.

In the past I might have judged what she was saying and felt the need to defend to her that I too would die for, my horses, as she would for her children.

There is room in this world for different perspectives to live harmoniously. Respecting what she holds in her heart without having to “make”her see as I do was yet another blessing I received on our trip.

I am proud I love my girls as I do. I do not need others to understand it. Love knows no boundaries. Others may not understand it if they have never experienced being atop a being with such a magnificent heart.

If I judge my love for my horses as less than a mother’s love for her child, I myself am comparing simply because society has taught us to live in a better and/or less than world.
 That We Can Love is The Gift
What if instead of measuring and comparing, society simply viewed love as love. No quantifying, no evaluating, no assessing where it fits in the scale of WHAT and WHO is acceptable to love, purely.

I am not filling a space within me that was purportedly created because I chose not to have children this lifetime. I am not victim to filling an emptiness.

Love is Love. I chose to experience and express love through the purity of love with my animals. I am very full with the experience and would not trade it for anything.

I love each of my animals differently.

Not having children I can only comment on my life as it is.

Love is many things, and expressed in infinitesimal ways. One not better or worse than the other, just different.

I am grateful I live in a world that is beginning to understand the many facets of love.
I love my nephews with the fierceness of a momma bear. My two sisters are in my blood with a deep and abiding love. My husband has yet another love that is only for him. My parents are held in my heart in their own special way for they are now on the other side of the veil. Friends I would do anything for because of the love I have for them are a part of me also. All my animals are in my heart in different ways.

I hand a level of trust to my horses that transcends words. I trust them literally with my life, not only my heart. 

Riding my Morgan mare Brandy, for 23 years she knows me well and I her. She trusts me with her life. Annie and Butter are still finding their way to that. The love is no less, just different.

My horses know me in a way no human ever has, or will.

Yes, I have heard “It’s only a horse” as I grieved the loss of my first born. Even then I understood it was lack of understanding on the part of the individual who said it.

Not everyone will be compassionate in the understanding of my love. How I am in relation to their perspective would only harm me if I didn’t respect their right to it.
 That We Can Love is The Gift
I thought long and hard about this blog. I skirt close to sounding as if I am justifying. I use the only language at my disposal. My intent is pure in writing this and comes from an expanded understanding of love, one without judgment. Love simply is.

The gift, if we choose to accept it, is that we can experience love without filters or judgement.

Whether for a human or an animal love is love. Each embodiment of that purity is wonderfully unique.

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Only then could I understand it was judgments I made, and the perspective I took that kept me in emotional pain about the difference.

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If the animal has escaped to go out on a jaunt it could include joy on their side not on yours. There are as many variables, emotions, and situations as there are animals.

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My hope and intention is to share how incorporating both allopathic veterinary care and other alternative modalities saved us both.

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When I was asked that question I thought back to the death my horse, Chris, to find the answer.

Her death had left me emotionally devastated. I wasn’t aware of all she had been in my life. Without conditions. The hurt seemed stronger than losing humans I had been close to. It wasn’t until the loss of my parents, that I was able to experience the difference.

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I matured in many ways on her back. She had my heart and supported me, as I matured into an adult with a federal job and a mortgage.

I became more confident in many areas of my life, from riding her. I trusted her with my heart and life. She knew me in ways no human could. When on her back our energy fields become one. I could never hide my feelings from her, she always knew what my heart didn’t always want my head to know. Chris knew things about me no human could see. She judged none of it.
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Finding lost animals is wrought with fear, anxiety, panic and lack of control.

If the animal has escaped to go out on a jaunt it could include joy on their side not on yours. There are as many variables, emotions, and situations as there are animals.

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