Every minute of our life can seem like a bombardment of messages from external sources... the media, our friends, our co-workers or boss, our family, our cell phone!
Have you ever stopped for a moment to consider that while all these obvious and loud messages are trying to catch your attention, there is an interplay of much smaller and less obvious messages swirling around also begging to get noticed?
These messages show up for us uniquely to help us gain insight into whether or not we are heading in the right direction in our life. Much like road signs, that are always there to guide us but often we don't begin really seeing or paying attention to them until we are lost. In day to day living, we remain generally on a remotely aware basis where we see the sign to obey it, but not as a direction indicator.
I was working with two of my horses the other day, and not really having the experience I was seeking out of the interaction. When I finally realized that I needed to let go of the agenda and goal that I had brought to the interaction, out of nowhere flies this beautiful Owl! There is two ways to look at this from here...wow, cool! and dismiss it...or see the Owl for what he is presenting to me in that moment that he chose to fly into my awareness. He only flew in when I finally got present with my horses and let go of trying to manage and manipulate what I wanted to happen in the experience. And getting present with my horses and what they wanted to share with me ended up being far more of an experience than what I had planned to bring to the table that day.
We always have a choice, in anything and everything we do. Even in our understanding of what is showing up around us. We can dismiss or we can utilize. We can choose to remain oblivious or we can become aware.
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In the world of horse training, there is a saying that my good friend and mentor always used when asking a horse in training to move through their fear of something, "It's not about the obstacle".
This simplified down to... It's all about the trust.
I went out yesterday to engage with Eagle, my recently gelded ex-stallion, who had always brought out a great deal of fear within me whenever I dealt with him, due to his highly sensitive nature. I had someone call me last week regarding Eagle and his availability for sale, so I wanted to check in with him. I stood there in awe, as he is truly magnificent and noble, and asked what it was he had needed from me all along that I couldn't give him. I received the words TRUST and PRESENT from him. And it was in that moment that I finally got it. My own A-HA moment! All those years when I would go out to do something with him, I would always have some sort of "agenda" of what "needed" to be done at that time along with the memory of what had happened the last time I went out to work with him (usually ended with me not accomplishing much of anything as his sensitivity would overtake the situation and without wanting to wreck that in him, I would just end up leaving him alone). These two words, TRUST and PRESENT are all it would have taken from me to really connect to him....he wanted that as much as I did and would always walk up to meet me, asking if I had found those within myself yet. Sadly, I could never see that back then that all he was asking for was me to show up trusting in myself and feeling fully present in order to start the relationship. Yesterday I would like to say that Eagle and I had a breakthrough, but it is probably more appropriate to say that I had a breakthrough...Eagle had been offering that opportunity to me all along and patiently waiting for me to get to where he was within himself, filled with trust for engaging with me and fully present. Why in the world would someone of a highly sensitive nature engage with another if they feel there is "no one home" within that body. Present is giving full attention to what is happening in the moment, now. Not a minute ago, not 5 minutes from now...NOW. Engaging in the present is how we shift our thinking, being and doing. Within about a half hour yesterday, Eagle and I went from disconnect to a relationship, all by me showing up trusting in myself and ready to be fully present with him as he was showing up RIGHT NOW.
IN THIS MOMENT.
It's never about the horse - it's always about us.
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Is everything you encounter the truth?
Is every situation and interaction through your day providing you with some form of truth? What part of that truth are you believing for yourself? Of yourself?
How are your truth's showing up for you?
Are your truth's giving you a sense of fulfillment and purpose for your life, or providing a bumpy, twisty, confusion of road blocks seemingly everywhere you turn?
"How we live our days is how we end up living our lives" ... If you think about that for a minute, and reflect on what you are noticing daily about yourself; your aches and pains, your unfulfilled desires, longings and dreams...is there an aspect of truth within each of those for you?
Is there a message within each of them that is asking to be heard?
What are your truth's calling you to do?
How are they asking you to wonder what your life might be like, IF...?
Pause for a moment today when you find yourself caught in asking, "why is this happening? why is this showing up for me?" and see if you can discover a truth for yourself in that situation.
Uncovering your truths is like finding the key to the door of your soul...
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You only know that you don't know something, until someone or something shows you a different version or perspective of that which you weren't aware of. Sometimes it seems like we wander through life, not really seeing that which is right in front of us...often because we have seen it so many times that it becomes oblivious. We think that "it is what it is" or "that's just what happens when..." until one day a very simple thing is pointed out to us that can create awareness around a much greater aspect of ourselves and our lives. In that single moment, suddenly we become aware of how much we are able to shift and create in our lives, rather than just letting life happen to us. A few months ago my horse Surf chose to step up and create, rather than retreat as was his norm. In a split second decision he made the choice to offer himself to something new, rather than pulling back into his protective shell that he had become. I quietly stood and genuinely witnessed and honored all the vulnerability he was offering; allowing him to know that this new space he was stepping into was his to create as fast or as slow as needed. That first step into creating a new awareness has led him in the last few months to become an outgoing, centered, confident horse...one that walks up to greet you instead of taking a look and moving to the far end of the pasture. His first step brought forward a personality that all along was somewhere deep inside him, but had been held in check due to the fear of what might happen "IF".
If you find yourself saying "it is what it is", what would be one small step towards a new choice for you right now...could you create a new awareness with that one step?
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Gratitude comes in many forms, but can be an anchor in our life in order to enjoy the good and roll on through when the bad shows up. In order for it to become an anchor in our lives, gratitude is created through practice...much like brushing your teeth. There is a long term health benefit to both! Gratitude allows us to move through situations that may feel very uncomfortable at that time, however, keeping gratitude present in our view on a specific situation gives us something to hold on to in order to keep our heads above water during that time. Gratitude doesn't have to be an extended process...in fact, the simpler, the better. You will find that once you commit to practicing gratitude on a regular basis, it will begin to get easier and you will more automatically move into it. As you move into feeling it more and more, gratitude will then show up in more and more of your reality. This was the wisdom from my mare Fancy for me yesterday, as I sat there wondering "how is it that I have so many horses, many of which are just eating hay and raising foals?" Fancy presented herself to me straight on, as if to say, "We are all here for good reason! Being thankful for us will allow you to switch your lens, like you do on your camera, to see this from a different perspective...".
How can you shift your perspective to see all things that are present in your life through the gratitude lens?
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