Less than a week ago I had a great conversation with Brian Reid of HKTWH with its intent to work out some details re schedule an event spring 2013 at Sable View. Early- mid spring — fyi
The call was so not about the scheduling and I’m so happy. Oh sure we discussed some details but it was the inspiration absorbed and the direction the call took me in that is truely awesome.
We discussed visions and experiences, and how things line up for a reason. Im all over that. We discussed past workshops Brian had held durring th yr, and the outcomes that Brenda inabled. The thinking was very “Forward” . I like Forward! The negative stuff can’t stick if you’re on a roll. Your horse can’t buck as bad and twist if he is moving forward. Hold him back and bottle him up and , you better be ready to deal with the energy.
As a funny off shoot story here, I had a horse long ago, Oliver ( Ollie). An Irish Sport Horse. We fox hunted, evented into Prelim. He was cool. Anyway a couple of his “things” were , He would spanish walk naturally, not taught. So cool. Not a typical Fox hunting thing to do! It was so easy to ask him to do. Going down the dirt rds, while roading hounds , all fancy..HAHAHAHA ! I would have him do it long. Most of the time it was requested as every one loved to see it! He would also on a flat our run across a field do “Airs above the ground” and leep out of his bell boots. Litterally they would go flying almost every time. Not rip but fly! He was so exhuberant! Just loved life! Funny to other to watch. It was not a scary thing , powerful? You bet, awesome in fact, but not scary. Why?? Because once I knew it was his thing, it became ”Normal”, ( great normal right!) and most importantly it happened with forward motion. It happend all in stride and it was done and we went on. What a horse! What a teacher!
Now back to my conversation with BR: Durring our conversation a couple names I hadn’t thought about in a while were brought up. TED (www.TED.com) and another Brene Brown( www.BreneBrown.com). Its funny how things go full cycle, in this case re-appearing when the student is ready. The word “Vulnerable” played a big part in our talk. We discussed its meaning in some diferent ways . Not suprising I related it to my horsemanship journey as Brian discussed how his experience with Ms. Browns work was still unfolding new pages to get through. It all fit.
After our call I was fully charged and went straight to my computer to search out both teaching topics. What came from that is I noted a great opportunity to share with my daughter who is a Jr in HS . The Massechesetts Conference for Woman in Boston MA. www.maconferenceforwomen.org. Dr. Brene Brown is one of the key Note speakers, as well as Deepak Chopra and others, WOW! Long story short we and a few of her school mates and teachers are going .
The word Vulnerable is probably thought of in one main light by most of society, Including me till now. Its a strength, not a weakness. It allows us to do what I have been prompted to do on a few occations at clinics. Get rid of the baggage and accept you as “Enough” . This is not normal for us humans, its a tall order for a lot of us. I have had a manta developed for a few yrs now after a ground breaking Parelli clinic with Jerry Williams, (one of many I might add), and I still fight the negaitve tendancies. Hmm…guess Im not perfect! My montra is “I AM GOOD ENOUGH” made up of very poignant words and phrases for which the mantra is an Acronym.
If we want to be real with our horses and have our horse be real with us, we need to be real with ourselves. They can see throught us like nothing else and when we even begin to get real they respond instantly. No invisibility cloaks to hide behind. Just be you in all your “Imperfect glory”, and YOU are enough!