I was feeling re-energised.  We were now headed to Lake Te Anau for a few days.  We did lots of walking,  viewed the Glow Worm Caves  and also spent time around the shore of the lake – watching the wildlife, the water and the surrounds.

We walked the first part of the Kepler Track     I managed about 14 km return.  Doug walked on to the first hut while I returned along the track on my own.

It was during this time that I fully focused on my body as I slowly walked.  How could I improve how I was walking?  It was like having a mobile Feldenkrais session – or a walking meditation!  Here I was in this magical forest, with this amazing sensation.  It was a surreal experience.  It was like the forest just came alive as I became more aware of my movements!

 

The walk was perfect for me.  It was level with a very well kept path.  It twisted and turned around the shore of the lake.  I’d entered a magic kingdom!!!

As well as the forest, the lake is beautiful!

 

Our final stop was Mt Cook.  I have visited there many times – this time we were staying for two nights.  It gave us an opportunity to explore more of the area – and stare at the snow capped mountains!

So we walked and walked – and I soaked up the scenery.  I noticed I was no longer scared of falling.  I could walk without watching the ground so much.  My confidence in my body was returning.

I was so thankful that I had healed.  I once again thought about all the chronically sick people – and the elderly – the constant pain they must be in.  Here I was with working arms and legs – I could see, hear and smell – and I was so fortunate to spend a little time in such a beautiful place.

Now it was time to return home with renewed energy.  It was the end of October – almost six months since the fall from Ducati.  Six months!!!!  It had taken longer to heal the mental trauma!!!  The voice in my head (Madge) had been quiet.  I needed her to keep quiet, because I wanted to go through each step of the accident and see what went wrong.

If I was going to continue with horses, I needed to look at what happened in a rational way.  However, I struggled when I wondered if I would ever ride a horse again.  The mere thought of never putting my foot in the stirrup filled me with such sadness.   Could I even try with Ducati again?  I didn’t know.  But I knew I needed to thin slice everything so much more!  I needed to become fitter – and fit for riding.  Did I have it in me?  I didn’t know that either.

Time would tell ……..

I was encouraged by this saying.

saying

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