As a birthday gift, a friend introduced me to sound therapy as an alternative means to relax & heal from multiple marathoning weeks.

Sound therapy…hmm.

Life is meant to be lived & new experiences allow the mind to grow – internally I know this – but unfortunately, mentally I often struggle with ‘new’.  I create a wall – ‘new’ often viewed as far far out of my comfort zone.


limitation questions

what if people see?  what will others think?

realization questions

what if I stay still, comfortable, say no?  what if I later wish I would have, but didn’t?  what if I miss out?


Arrived at Cindy’s home in Boulder, introduced myself.  She directed me to a room downstairs, mat on the floor surrounded by multiple bowls of different sizes (Tibetan Singing Bowls).

Way, way out of my comfort zone – hippie vibe is strong in Boulder.  LOL>

An older Native American lady, Cindy talked softly, put me at ease.  Talked about a deer that frequents her yard, often stands outside the window when she plays the Singing Bowls.

I laid back, closed my eyes & listened to the deep contrasting tones.



Another brain wrinkle added to the wheelhouse.  No regrets.

Living a life with no regrets means saying yes – opening your mind, taking a breath, experiencing life one stage at a time.  I don’t know how I’ll feel in an hour…but I can control the next 5 minutes – just a matter of taking add’l breaths & adding minutes to the meter.

Whether it’s skydiving or sound therapy — the idea of new is often far worse than reality.



Glad I met Cindy.  Like most folks, we know what we know…surround ourselves with like people, like experiences.  Good to get exposed to different people, listen, learn, hear their stories.  Super impressed with this lady & her work with Horse Nation & the Lakota.

I caught Cindy just as she & her husband were heading out of town for several weeks – camping in South Dakota, volunteering their time with a not-for-profit program called Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi on the Rosebud (Lakota Indian) reservation.

Specifically, they assist with an Equine Therapy Program for Native American youth, Sunka Wakan Oyate (Horse Nation).  Young people on the Rez often grow up in poverty; many families suffer from alcoholism & depression.  The lack of opportunity for Native Americans compounds the problem, perpetuates bad life decisions.  Working with the horses are a therapy for these youth.

Left today educated & inspired — well done Cindy!

I’d like to talk with Keenan about our non-profit work and all that we support on Rosebud.  I’m sure it would be possible for him to post about it on his blog.  Maybe the best starting place is for him to look at the documentary trailer for We Are A Horse Nation.  He could also look at the documentary trailer for Across the Creek.  The Equine Therapy program we’re working so closely with now is featured in the We Are A Horse Nation documentary and that trailer and the other one are just a few minutes long.  The department at Sinte Gleska University that sponsors it is Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi “Bringing the Family Back to Life”.



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2 Responses to Horse Nation & Tibetan singing bowls

  • Donna says:

    Hey Keenan, thanks for sending this. A very interesting and touching story and wonderful story, especially to horse lovers. I appreciate you sharing these things. I’m sure you are well and as busy and active as ever. Hopefully it keeps you well, happy and healthy of peace in mind. Praise our Lord and Savior.
    Love, Donna

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