Social Media Mindfulness ... Are You In?
Returning to Balance When Things Go Wonky!
How much joy does social media bring to your life? How much inspiration and true connection?
Here’s a radical invite : join a group of horses, a donkey, 3 sheep, 2 dogs, a cat and some very lively land, along with other good hearted people and spend 14 days strengthening your mindfulness muscle, transforming your relationship with social media and sending out a ripple of presence and joy across the internet.
When Helping Doesn't Help
Have you ever been in a grocery store and noticed a child suddenly having a temper tantrum, exploding with loud cries and bursts of frustration, anger and tears all jumbled together? Most of us have.
Here’s what many don’t pay attention to … what happens in your body?
I love watching this when I shop, it’s like a mini experiment in how people respond to sudden and dramatic shifts in energy around them. I learn so much about myself, others and the lessons from the herd who are experts in managing big shifts in energy and returning to balance.
Deepening Your Longing For Life
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
There is a quote I wrote on a blackboard in the barn that captured me when I opened our doors to offer our services. It actually captured me from the first time I read it about 4 years earlier. It’s from a book by Linda Kohanov called Riding Between the Worlds. Kohanov has authored many books on equine assisted learning, however, this one, this one is the one that whispered something so quiet and so clear that I heard my Soul calling … and we’ve been in conversation again ever since.
Who Are You When You’re Not Doing?
I’ll make no secret of it .. this post is, as are all our stories, a plea, a call, a yearning to your belonging. This is one of the central teachings the herd has called me into .. the ongoing work of our longing to help make the world a better place.
Here’s the story of what a golden haired horse taught me about my path of belonging by saying no.
Transform The Way You Come To Others
It’s a paradox that one of the greatest lessons the horses have taught me is the power of being still. I mean they are big animals, animals that can take flight and thunder the ground in the blink of an eye. Animals who graze and wander for all but the entire 24 hours in a day. Movement is their way of processing everything. And yet, they are also masters of stillness.
Something that had never entered into my time being with Echo but would come to draw us ever closer.
I’d get so frustrated with myself, “What am I doing wrong?”
As though it was about right and wrong, about technique, about horsemanship.
Then, finally one day, I heard him. “I’d like a real invitation.” Real as in genuine. It mattered to Orion how I came to him. And, in hindsight, although I was happy to see him and trying to make the right moves, what Orion was picking up on more than anything was the felt tone of my coming to him. And I didn’t have a practiced idea of what that meant.