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A winter pause to peek in the rearview mirror {2019 Review}

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2020

 

The holiday aftermath has officially dissipated and the slow-moving pace of winter has settled upon Grant Legacy Ranch. We deeply enjoy this time of year because seasonal forces demand reflection, rest, and contemplation. It is the perfect time of year to breathe deeply with a cup of tea in the middle of the afternoon, enjoy leisurely walks with the herd, and early bedtimes. The slow down also allows us to spend some time looking in the rearview mirror to review where we’ve been before plotting out the course ahead. 

Unbridled Courage hosted 56 coaching hours between December 2018 and December of 2019. We proudly served 29 individual clients and facilitated 3 workshops. From one-on-one personal development, to couples and families, as well as professional development; we welcomed a wide variety of client dynamics and client topics. 

While the clientele varied, the horses consistently delivered opportunities for deep discovery, exploration and healing. A few memorable moments include: 

  • Our lead mare walking straight up to our very first coaching client and pressing her head into the client’s chest as she surrendered to tears 
  • Witnessing two mares invite a client to sit in the sand with them, witnessing the client accept said invitation and proceed to share 45 minutes of true grounding time 
  • Skipping in the arena with kids embodying our super-powers and observing which energy the horses were attracted to
  • Asking a group of 14 people to thank the horses which unexpectedly turned into a silent but very intentional prayer, which promptly summoned the horses to us humans, which they had mostly been ignoring until that moment
  • Our goofy gelding uncharacteristically demonstrating the importance of stillness… 
  • …and the numerous times the horses self-selected for client sessions. 

I can confidently say the horses showed up in a BIG way in 2019, as did a duck, an airplane and the neighbor’s grandkids. Truth. In my training circle we affectionately coined the phrase, You Can’t Make This Shit Up. 

Speaking of training, I was blessed to attend two continuing education courses with my teacher and mentor, Master Coach Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi, founder of SkyHorse EGE. My attendance as an advanced student in the spring, coupled with my coaching hours, earned me the SkyHorse EGE Level 2 designation and the opportunity to participate as staff during the 10 day training last fall. As excited as I am to be facilitating this work with our horses at our ranch, I am equally excited to be fine tuning my skill set with the best in the field while contributing to a growing community of EGE practitioners. At the end of the day, we truly are all in this together. 

This past year in the healing-arts reminds me that the human experience is more similar than different. Simply stepping into the arena with a horse invites us into our heart space and into the memory of our greater interrelatedness with all things. Too often in the frenzy of our day-to-day lives we desperately search for the connection that is always there, always has been and always will be. In what can be an overwhelming instant, the presence of the horse reminds us of this truth and we experience a flood of connection. Connection to self. Connection to other. Connection to the world. With eyes wide open, and body-mind-spirit-connected, the courage to listen deep, speak authentically, and choose our sacred dreams becomes readily available. 

The Spirit of The Horse graciously teaches us that we have access to all of this anytime we are ready and the key to pandora’s box is state of centered awareness. This is what we are eager to share with our clients in 2020 and beyond. This is what the horses teach better than any personal development model out there. 

And so it is.

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