The Unfurling

by Sandi Martinez

 

A bud nudges its leafy neighbor as if to say, I’m ready... (Image: Sandi Martinez

A bud nudges its leafy neighbor
as if to say, I’m ready… (Image: Sandi Martinez

by Sandi Martinez

A bud nudges its leafy neighbor
as if to say, I’m ready
the leaf asks
for what?

And the bud says
to open up
And the leaf asks
to what?

And the bud says, I don’t know

and the leaf says,
that’s all you should know

And the bud says,
why?
isn’t there more?

And the leaf says
once you open up,
everything is a possibility

and the bud says
isn’t it now, in my closed state?

And the leaf says,
only if you think that way, rather limited if you ask me

So the bud says,
how will I know that something is a possibility?

and the leaf says,
BECAUSE IT ALWAYS STARES IN YOU IN THE FACE

Can your furry friend experience soreness after a massage?

When your pet experiences their first massage, soreness can occur. So how will you know if your pet is sore? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

When your pet experiences their first massage, soreness can occur. So how will you know if your pet is sore? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

by Sandi Martinez

[Contributors: Lisa Speaker and Jenny Rukavina-Marchese]

For humans, the benefits of massage outweigh the inevitable soreness that can sometimes occur post-massage. The advantage the massage therapist has over helping us humans to minimize the impact of soreness, is that they can recommend that we drink plenty of water, and do some gentle stretches. Hydration is key in order to assist our bodies to rid ourselves of the toxins that are naturally released during massage.

All Animal Massage practitioners provide a form in which the owner specifies all pertinent details about your furry friend. Questions about your dog’s health and wellness are included. If your dog falls within the eligibility parameters of massage, the practitioner then has the honor of building a relationship with your dog on a therapist/client basis.

When your pet experiences their first massage, soreness can occur. So how will you know if your pet is sore? You know your furry friend’s (this includes your horses!) habits well by now – the first thing you will notice is that your pet is less active, or when in a lying position, will rise more gingerly or slowly than usual. If you have stairs, your pet may climb them more slowly.  The therapist’s goal is to minimize this possibility of soreness; it is not unusual if your furry friend does experience this, due to the unaccustomed feeling of knotted muscles being relieved and newly positioned.

Asking in advance of the first massage what to expect post-massage is highly recommended, as all animals experience the benefits of massage differently. Sometimes the changes in movement are more subtle. In cases like these, touching base with the practitioner post-massage might be a good idea. After the initial massage, if soreness continues, the practitioner can ascertain with as much detail provided by the owner, how best to adjust and customize the massage to fit your animal companion’s special needs during future sessions.

Here are a few ways to help your dog with the soreness they may be feeling:

  • Take your dog for a slow, short walk, post-massage
  • Make another appointment within the same week for another session; this will maintain, and prep your dog’s muscles for continued muscle relaxation and dexterity
  • Make water easily and readily available for them to drink after their session
  • Cold laser therapy will help in the more tense and reactive areas, in which soreness can occur

The ultimate goal for the animal practitioner when massaging your pet for the first time is to use less pressure in combination with intuition, to guide their best and positive intentions that lead to an awesome experience – for their first time on the table!

A Stint

Time... And the self-betrayal caused when we waste  it. (Outside of an art gallery in Santa Fe, NM: Image: Sandi Martinez)

Time…
And the self-betrayal caused when we waste
it. (Outside of an art gallery in Santa Fe, NM: Image: Sandi Martinez)

by Sandi Martinez

A stint in time isn’t what

it seems

a tear and a crack in the air rip’s at the seams

So many days in yearning

for the things inside that are burning

And yet, time is a thief;

a glance toward those whom might see

which is sacred, is taken

A stint in time is only what it is…

the breakage that occurs

when we take what is most stolen…

Time

And the self-betrayal caused when we waste

it

Woo-hoo! Rock on, Fehuworks on display!

Folks, have we got a hot, and rumbling fireworks display in your forecast for Independence Day! (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Folks, have we got a hot, and rumbling fireworks display in your forecast for Independence Day! (Image: Sandi Martinez)

by Sandi Martinez

 

Folks, have we got a hot, and rumbling fireworks display in your forecast for Independence Day! The rune Fehu, speaks of wealth… mobile, community-oriented, and most certainly a time when we can see the fruits of our hard work blossom right before our eyes.

Runes, as we covered a few articles ago, is an alphabet originating in Scandinavia; made up of 24 runes (these symbols can be carved out of any durable material such as wood, crystal and many other creative materials), which then became more of a diving tool back in the times of Odin; most recently, the 1970s.

Runes are cast in a variety of ways, if they are made of stone. Typically, they are rolled around in a velvet, or sacred pouch of some kind, and then tossed on a flat surface. The ones that fall upright are read from left to right. Their positions in which they fall: Merkstave (reversed) or right side up, are of special importance.

Fortunately for all of us, I used a deck of cards (as the stones break on me) and Fehu was pulled upright – a good sign. This 4th of July, we can expect to work together in harmony; not only will we succeed on a personal level we will strike a harmonious balance within our community.

We will not only celebrate the birthdate of our national Independence, but we will celebrate the small things… like RMSAAM’s 11th Anniversary for example! We will celebrate important news ranging from engagements, births, new jobs, and anniversaries of all kinds… not to mention actual birthdays for so many individuals out there.

So folks, take Fehu’s good sign into serious consideration: Appreciate what you have worked so hard to gain, and know that also, fate has a terrible sense of humor – she can take it all away in the blink of an eye. So stay humble, but be proud, and celebrate your independence and successes!

RMSAAM wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day!

The crystallization of dreams

Tag (left) and Tris, [Lisa Speaker’s sweet twins] hanging out with the chickens... soon, they’ll be collecting and bringing in the eggs!

Tag (left) and Tris, [Lisa Speaker’s sweet twins] hanging out with the chickens… soon, they’ll be collecting and bringing in the eggs! [Image: Lisa Speaker]

Contributed by Sandi Martinez and Lisa Speaker

 

On the web, the definition of crystallization is as follows:

Crystallization is also a chemical solid–liquid separation technique, in which mass transfer of a solute from the liquid solution to a pure solid crystalline phase occurs.

Today, more and more people are living smaller; tiny living, some call it. People are finding ways to spend less and save more. But more importantly people are looking at the things that truly make them happy, and what makes them tick and also, what would bring in some money while doing that thing ‘they love to do’.

Yesterday, (the past – as far as you can remember and the history books, says it’s so) people did what they had to. Calloused fingers worked harsh, dry, and seemingly impossible conditions in order to make their farms a success. They fed cows, chickens, and grew vegetable gardens in order to produce, eggs, meat, and well… yeah, vegetables. You get the picture…

Today, we can go to Farmers’ markets, meat specialty stores, and organic grocery stores. Is there anything we do today, especially the city slickers that actually contribute to this amazing feat? We spend the money to purchase what these hard-working folks have spent so many years doing… And we savor the nutritious and chemical-free meal, snack, or amazing salad and/or barbecue!

Dreams are no longer dreams. They are mental blueprints we create as markers for what will become… As easy as it is for the farmer to see the crystallization of their vegetables; the tomatoes falling heavily from their branches, the beans draping lazily over one another, the corn stalks springing toward the sun, and the chickens flitting about wildly; your efforts to make your dreams come true, can be seen in the same crystal-clear manner. It is not impossible anymore. Just take a drive to the country and take in the wondrous beauty of farms all around you. We don’t dream anymore – we make mental blueprints.

So, what are yours? RMSAAM wants to know!

Geez, don’t Rune your week!

Algiz reversed encourages us to take our time, even if we may be late, in order to set the pace for a positive day, resulting in more positive outcomes.

Algiz reversed encourages us to take our time, even if we may be late, in order to set the pace for a positive day, resulting in more positive outcomes.

 

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

Who would have thought that you could use a letter from an old Scandinavian alphabet, to guide you in your daily living habits?

Algiz (pronounced: algeez) represents the letter Z in the Elder Futhark origin of runes (Runes are letters of the Germanic alphabet thought to originate in Scandinavia) dated from the 3-7 centuries. The Elder Futhark consists of 24 runes, broken into three groups of eight known as Aett (a division of the runic alphabet). Today, runes are used as a diving tool similar to the tarot for example.

Algiz upright, (the rune was drawn reversed) symbolizes protection. Reversed, this rune reminds us that exercising awareness and reading the red-light signs; not just the literal red lights we obey on the road… is essential to preventing not only accidents on the road, but also the mistakes we might make by not paying more attention!

So the times when we’re driving to work in a hurry, our foot may get heavy on the gas pedal, and too light on the brakes! This is when accidents occur. When we brake just on time, we are saved and protected from harm. But when we are not aware and stubborn in getting there, well… we are unprotected and therefore cause harm to ourselves and others.

Algiz reversed encourages us to take our time, even if we may be late, in order to set the pace for a positive day, resulting in more positive outcomes. We may even run into others’, who have negative intentions toward us, and we may miss the signs – do you have paper trail to cover your tail? Did you lock your door and set your alarm before you left the house? Did you leave your purse in obvious view of those who don’t have the decency to return it to you, knowing it belongs to you?

The key to protecting yourself and those you love is awareness. Take care to be careful, lest you get clipped by the un-reputable! So this week folks, stay safe by being self-aware, and please… drive with care… fireworks will be flying soon, and so will our determination to have fun!

RMSAAM wishes you a wonderful and successful week!

If I was a tree

...I would be shade for all humans, animals, and bugs alike...(Image: Sandi Martinez)

…I would be shade for all humans, animals, and bugs alike…(Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

(Contributed) by Sandi Martinez

I would flow freely in the breeze
my branches would soak up sun
my leaves would become one

If I was a tree
I would reach the skies
my stature would amaze one and all
I would sway this way and that

I would be shade for all
humans, animals, and bugs alike
I would lean over until I couldn’t reach
it would be a lesson I could teach

If I was a tree I would sway slowly in the breeze
my branches would seed leaves
my trunk could carry many burdens
And
Become
The key

To a simple yet, full life…
but alas, I am not a tree
I am me
stuck in a warp hole
that no one can control

Every day, my only goal
is to
be
me,
and be like
the
Tree