Monday, April 28, 2008

Welcome, Nor'dzin!

One of my favorite things about blogging is making connections with people all over the world. I would like to introduce you to a new blog called ceffylau. It is written by a woman who lives in Cardiff, Wales, named Nor'dzin. She is a Buddhist, an ordained ngakma who teaches meditation, yogic song and other yogic practices. Nor'dzin and her husband have two horses, Red and Dee, and they are people who clearly love their four-legged friends.

Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun who has written many wonderful books, reminds us that all activities should be done with one intention, which is to awaken the heart. She says we should speak in a way that encourages other people to hear us, trying not to use words that cause barriers to go up or ears to close. She believes that it will teach us to learn how to listen and how to look. "If we really want to communicate, we have to give up knowing what to do. When we come in with our agendas, they only block us from seeing the person in front of us. It's best to drop our five-year plans and accept the awkward sinking feeling that we are entering a situation naked. We don't know what will happen next or what we'll do." I find that this is also true when I communicate with my horses.

So, welcome, Nor'dzin! I'm looking forward to listening and learning from you.


Nor'dzin said...

Thank you for your most warm and friendly welcome. I also look forward to continuing to enjoy and learn from your blog.

Janet Roper said...

Hi Victoria,
Please excuse me if I am not following blogging etiquette - I'm relatively new to this and not sure of all the procedures.

I am writing because I am hosting a charitable eBay auction benefitting the animals of the Buffalo, MN site of the Animal Humane Society. The auction closes 5/3 and I'm trying to round up people to participate. Information can be found on my blog -

If there's anything you're wiling to do to spread the word, it's much appreciated. If I've violated blogging protocol, my apologies, that was not my intent. Since you moderate comments, I thought this might be a safe approach.

Love reading your stories! ;-)
Janet Roper

Victoria Cummings said...

Janet - Good luck with your auction! I just went to your blog and checked out all the fun items, and I encourage other animal lovers to do so as well. It's a good cause.

Callie said...

Well, I'll also extend a welcome!:) My husband is British and I've been to Cardiff. Lovely place. Anyway, He says there's nothing like a Welsh accent as it is almost musical.

Janet Roper said...

Thanks, Victoria, for posting the auction.
Janet Roper