"Every time you step into the round pen with a horse, remind yourself that today you may stand on the threshold of a great new personal discovery.
Each horse, in it's own way, is ready to coach you. And when your resolution to change-to work on the person you want to become- becomes heartfelt and sincere, the the horse will reveal his next great secret, his next gift, to you.
Horses are like a band of legendary Zen Masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you are wholeheartedly committed or if you are faking it, when you are making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what's holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them." Zen Mind, Zen Horse by Allan Hamilton
In a world where there are more distractions and choices than ever before, we need a higher level of inner calm and a mind that is clear and sharp—two qualities that may seem hard to come by. Consummate consuming, especially electronic communications—computers, iPhones, Blackberries, iPads, e-mails, text messages, tweets, endless postings and the next new thing—distract us 24/7. Television and the Internet give us a window into a tandem world of persuasive information and unfettered violence that can weigh heavily on our minds and spirit.
With individual Equine-Assisted Therapy, some of the same actions come into play, but it’s a one-on-one, intimate encounter with the horse. This can be very therapeutic for young adults suffering with addictions. If you have body image problems, you can relate to the touching of the horse, which appreciates the concern. As you groom the horse, you can feel the nicks and scrapes on the horse’s body and talk about your own scars. You begin to understand that all creatures have wounds, but all are beautiful. Self esteem, self respect automatically rises. And problems begin to find living solutions.
There is a growing meditation movement happening around the world. Meditation is mainstream and no longer on the fringe. Hip-hop moguls are writing books about it, movie stars blog about it, the yoga studios are packing in stretched bodies with quiet minds. There is a long list of Western spiritual gurus spreading the word too. Balance is the word and meditation is the way to get it.
Whether you’ve been having trouble sleeping, your range of motion simply isn’t what it used to be, or you’re interested in deepening your spirituality and inner strength, it’s never too late to better your life. Become a happier, healthier version of yourself today by taking up a new pastime: yoga! First off, don’t get worried about the hype. Yoga is a discipline that anyone can get into—your age doesn’t matter and you will not be judged for how close you can come to touching your toes. With the right yoga teacher and a set of techniques that are built for individuals just like you, you can accomplish anything. Start the new chapter of your life today and you’ll be on the road to feeling even better tomorrow.
There are a million ways to see your body when you look in the mirror. For me, most of my life, the train of thought has always been how can I lose weight? Being surrounded by a culture of celebrities at size 4 doesn’t help when you’re a size 14. Being single and on the dating circuit can add to the pressures of having the perfect physique.