"I'M BACK!!!!!," I heard Charm, my Power Horse, screech in my head as she galloped loose across the front yard and hopped over a hay bale all by herself.
At the same moment, Gem, who had taken Charm's place as my main mount over the past few months, was suddenly NOT so sound, AGAIN.
4 weeks ago, we were eagerly enjoying our first dressage show together. 3 weeks ago, she tweaked herself. 2 weeks ago we were gayly galloping through her first water jump. 1 week ago, she whacked herself out even worse.
Such is the story of my equine life (and that's just 2 of my 7 horse friends!).
So, for the past year(s), I've found myself riding this emotional roller coaster, of UP UP UP then DOWN DOWN DOWN. Typically resisting WHAT IS and fighting the situation, wishing it were different.
Then I realized the horses were offering me the PERFECT lesson of Appreciating the Present.
They were asking:
Can you learn to SURF the SITUATION, and gracefully Follow the Flow, with whatever shows up???
Can you simply Embrace what IS and ALLOW ALLOW ALLOW?
Can you Drop into the Present and find the Gratitude in your Heart for this Wondrous Journey, wherever it takes Us, without Judgement?
A lot of times my answer was a resounding: NO! I don't want to!
But recently, I've finally accepted that resistance is futile. The Journey is what it is.
And besides, my horses journeys with physical health were just a mirror for my own roller coaster of physical & emotional aches and pains. So if I can't learn to BE with ME, in whatever form of pain I currently have, how can I support them with theirs!
Now I can choose to Melt into the Moment, merging into the Connection with my Self, these Beautiful Beings in Horse bodies, and All That Is.
Knowing that sooner or later, it will change, and shift, and transform from better to worse and back again (if I care to judge!), but all the while I can discover the joy that comes from Surfing the Situation, and following it's Flow to Freedom.
This same issue of Resisting What Is, is at the core of most of our and our clients troubles.
How have the horses helped you and your clients to Allow, Appreciate, and Open into new possibilities, where the resistance used to be?
Please share in the comments below!