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The Practice of Presence in the Presence of Horses

How is it with your soul?

Would you welcome a time to just rest and reflect and be restored to the fullness of your being?

Do you experience a desire to grow in inner freedom and love?

It is our great joy to offer Horse-centered Women-focused spiritual growth and healing in a sacred space of peace and hospitality in nature!

So why is the outside of a horse good for the inside of a woman?

To say my times with the horses are transformative is an understatement. - Marie

Horses help humans become more self-aware and spiritually present and grounded.

Unlike most of us, horses are not living in the past or worried about the future, are highly sensitive to the present moment and deeply in tune with the physical and emotional energy in their environment.

For me, gazing into the eye of the horse is looking into the eye of God. I am looking at the divine presence in us all and it is staring right back at me, asking nothing of me but simply to be. Expecting nothing of me but my authenticity; to put the burden of all my thoughts, feelings, fears, ambitions and distractions down and see who I truly am. This is an invitation to open my heart and be present in this moment.
— Anna Twinney

As prey animals and sentient beings, horses are Divinely created for “… increased aliveness through connection” (Brother David Steindl-Rast).

Their emotional and physical safety in the wild (as well as in their domestication) largely depends on their ability to trust and be in balanced, right relationship with their herd members.

They experience rich friendships and relationships and are powerfully empathetic and intuitive.

When we interact with them consistently and mindfully we become part of their herd and can learn their profound ways of being and knowing in the world!

Horses don't lie and do not hold grudges. They are creatures of process and are not attached to outcomes like we are. They are constantly expressing honest, non-judgmental feedback with one another and create clear, fair boundaries from  moment to moment.

Being in relationship with a horse "..... will show you who you are." - Leslie Desmond  

And scientific studies show that just being in the presence of horses can help you feel a sense of well-being and peace!

The physiological perks and benefits include:

  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure

  • Decreased stress levels

  • The release of oxytocin (the "bonding" hormone)

  • Increased levels of beta-endorphins (pain suppressors)

 

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Presence is simply to have our heart be where our feet are.
— Omid Safi

What happens during a session?

During your Horse-centered Soul Care sessions the horses and I will help you:

  • Be still
  • Create space for another voice to be heard
  • Reconnect with your True Self
  • Deepen your awareness of your spiritual source in the sacred ordinary of your life

Contemplative, experiential practices of prayer and meditation (moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness), somatic (body) awareness, breathing, self-awareness and reflection while building a connected, soul-to-soul relationship with a horse from the ground (non-riding) in the barn, pasture, stall, indoor arena, or round corral will help you "whoa" down, get out of your head and tune into the spiritual and emotional wisdom in your body!

The Great Affair, the love affair with life, is to live as vigorously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop...
— Diane Ackerman

Observing, grooming, leading, and just spending time with a horses doing no-thing will center you in the present moment- which is where horses and Spirit live and move and have their being!

Think of your time with a horse as two sentient beings who desire inner peace practicing presence with one another.

You will release what was, receive what is, and return to your daily life renewed in your body, mind, heart and spirit, with deeper insights and the gift of inner peace.

Simple stillness skills and mindfulness practices will also help you continue to practice the on-going experience of the presence of God in your life.

To begin your journey of spiritual growth and healing or to inquire about customized private or group Horse-centered Soul Care, [contact Beckie] for your complementary, no obligation “Lick-n-chew” phone chat! I look forward to meeting your voice and answering any questions you may have! Check out traditional spiritual direction without the horses here.