Here is the third "walk" we can take together. Be sure to check the links to archives if you missed any previous newsletters.
This newsletter has the following:
Recreating One’s Self
I have a friend who has been coaching for years and one of her dreams is to work with Veterans. As it is with anyone who is passionate, it is inspiring to hear her talk about her ideas of encouraging healing, especially as she considers the value of joining forces with horses. One thing about which I feel very certain is the essence of an individual remains intact, regardless of their life experience. Horses will always acknowledge that essence in a person. I have seen this demonstrated thousands of times over the last 35 years of my own coaching, and it is consistently so in my Harmony Programs now. This is what gives such wonderful potential to spending time with a horse (or anyone who sees ONLY the well-being in another).
I had a dream last night around that idea. I realized in my dream (dreams being just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from realization during awake times) that when I choose to focus upon anything other than the beautiful in anything I do myself a disservice. It is a form of self deprecation. To see the wholeness in others is to know it in your self. Or perhaps more accurately, if you recognize the well-being in your own self, you will see it in others. This is what horses do for me. If there is any healing to be done, it is from that standpoint.
As I mention on my Harmony Workshop Page , I am responsible for my experience of life. My life with the horses and Nature has always been incredibly satisfying and an inspiration towards well-being. However, it has never been horses (or Nature) that healed any trauma I might have felt over the years. It has been my own decision to get on with life, at which point I noticed the horses have concisely joined me as if the moment before never existed. Therefore, in that moment the trauma never existed. In other words, every moment contains the opportunity to recreate one’s self. This was and continues to be the lesson for me from horses and Nature. The horse (Life) responds only to what I focus upon and if I practice focusing upon that which I desire, so I will see this in my horses and in Life. They simply (and accurately) affirm my point of focus.
My pony, Missy Brown, foundered a couple years ago, in the fall. It made no sense and we could not figure out what caused it for sure, but I found ways to punish myself for being negligent. The founder was very painful for Missy and it grew worse as winter set in. The long days of rain and cold added to my sense of dread about her recovery. The farrier was sweet about it, but I could tell he was not hopeful. I raided my herbal stocks and homeopathic medicines, groping for anything. I read books on what to do and what not to do. I picked fresh herbs from the garden and from the fields and forests.
I rubbed ointments on her feet, crying tears to match the rivulets of rain on my checks as I crouched beneath her forlorn, little body. Months went by and she and I both seemed to hit rock-bottom. Then, something snapped inside me. I went out one day to where she stood quite still in the wet sand of the arena with her head hanging and tail tucked. I grabbed my longe whip and said, "YOU! You are going to get better now! MOVE!" And I made her move. I regained my power in that moment. I chose to change my focus! I decided from that day on I was not going to see anything but the healthy in her. I was going to give only the healthy my attention. And from that day on Missy got better and has been back to her people-loving ways ever since.
Playground Activities and Calendar Events
One of the most exciting new events that I am adding to the calendar has to do with Resonance , the unique Leadership Event/Retreat that partners with horses to teach leadership skills to business executives, managers, work teams and those interested in the expansive nature of holding one’s space as a leader. This unusual approach to leadership is based on inspiring others to join your vision rather than attempting to control outcomes. The work is with horses at liberty (no equipment) on the ground, not riding them. It's all about allowing alignment to attract and unite an organization or community by focusing upon a core vision, whether for just yourself, a family or a business. Alignment of the whole starts with the alignment of each individual within him/herself. Self-alignment carries with it ease and relief and is magnetic in nature. The opportunity to gain the clarity of intention that brings alignment is one of the gifts offered to us by the horses.
An associate of mine, Janice Drescher, and I have been offering a complimentary 1- Day Resonance Experience for CEOs and other decision makers who are accountable for organizing retreats focused on leadership, management or team building. The purpose of the day is for each participant to have an experience of the potential of Resonance as a Retreat Resource for their business. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact me to discuss possible dates.
I still have openings in the August 7th Harmony with Horses Workshop . This is a great way to get introduced to the work/play with horses at liberty.
Last Minute Farm Special:
August 6 & 7, 2 for 1 special
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arriving at Full House Farm Vacation Rental & Retreat for a short reprieve from your fast paced
life. You drive down the driveway and
park next to the little path leading towards the house. Climbing out of your car, stretching out the
kinks, you follow the path into the lush, shaded landscape. Just over a little rise you hear the soft murmur
of a waterfall as it tumbles into a small pond at the edge of the patio. A patio table and chairs call to you, but you
decide to check out the house first.
Inside, a bottle of locally grown and bottled wine sits on the kitchen
table with two wine glasses beside it.
On the counter is a tray with a luscious loaf of fresh-baked bread from