When Helping Doesn't Help

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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.

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Christina Turner
Who Are You When You’re Not Doing?

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.

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Transform The Way You Come To Others

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.

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Christina Turner
The Power of Being Deeply Together

One snowy, cold winter night during our first winter together, I had just put out hay in small piles all over the field and the horses were enjoying the replenishment. I plunked myself down in a bank of snow among the herd and sat quietly savouring the moment.  As they ate, I became aware that they were moving a lot … two would eat together for a bit here and then one would walk and join another there, and then they would be joined by another, and so on and so on.

At one point Orion walked past me and I asked him, “What’s going on while you’re eating? Why are you moving so much?”

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Christina Turner
Are You Listening? The Frontier of Your Life is Whispering, "Be Home".

The mindset of dominance is so pervasive today - many of us live our work and personal lives acting it out without realizing the insidious stronghold it has over our beliefs. Sometimes we feel it’s nauseousness without knowing just what it is, and we hide out from it all, disengaging. Either way, this mostly leaves us feeling stressed or empty or both. Yearning, searching to find our way to wholeness, instead of knowing that we already are.

But Nature hasn’t forgotten us.

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Christina Turner