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In the Stillness

Posted on Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 3:49 am

What our horses teach us …

images-2The feel of a horse’s spirit can be felt when we are ‘still’ with them. A lot can be understood when we quietly ‘be’ with our horses and feel the presence they emanate. Doing this enables us to really share in the gifts of our equine friends.

A great way to connect with our horses is to learn to telepathically communicate with them. Although this can feel like a foreign approach for people, it is easy for the horse. Horses are in fact very good at this, and unlike people, sound is their least dominant form of expression.

Horses are wonderful teachers of silence. In the busyness of our modern lives whereimages-6 our senses are assaulted with an avalanche of sounds, smells, movements and information, our time with our horses can be a time to let the complications of the world melt away. It can be a time when we can re-connect with our own silence and simplicity.

If you’ve ever been to a horse’s paddock on sundown, when the last of the light is slipping away and the horses are quietly grazing. There is a preciousness about this time, as the human world retreats indoors and the animal kingdom is left to quietly be in the presence of nature. Often in the twilight evening there is the sweet smell of grass, and the gentle snorting of a contented horse. And as the sunlight fades and descends beyond sight, the quietness that unfolds has the abillity to refresh and still anyone in its presence.

horse-sunsetIt is both dawn and twilight time that reminds me of the domain of horses and the domain of nature. At the beginning and completion of every day, horses are a part of this experience. Every night they graze under the stars, or at least the lucky ones do.

And if horses do not have this experience, if instead they have stables and lights and radios and discipline filled floodlight arenas, then we need to be aware of the impact this can have on them. We need to realise that as we ask our domesticated horses to live in a humanised world, we are taking away an incredibly natural and rejuvenating experience.

Horses who are given the ability to soak up nature and the outdoors in this way, are given space to retain the pathway to their heart. These are horses that can touch contented stillness in their being ( residing within all beings), and they know how to ‘be’ and share that experience with others. These are horses that are more than willing to share that integral silence with their human counterparts. And when we can be still with them, and still enough to listen in quietness, they enjoy our presence and our company.

Amongst other things, horses have that intimate connection with nature and themselves, and it is a great beauty and priviledge to share in that.

In my experience, horses make great teachers and ambassadors for us on own journey to the heart. Their beingness can provide us with a great opportunity to return to our own stillness and presence.

Thankyou to all the horses out there who pave the path for humans! A path that reminds us of our intrinsic nature, of quietness and solitary companionship. A path of meaning and heart and gentle connectedness.

In warmest regards

Zoe


2 responses to “In the Stillness”

  1. Joanne says:

    Hi Zoe …

    I have been interested in the use of horses with autistic children for years and finally decided I should look into doing volunteer work in this area.

    In your second paragraph you say …

    A great way to connect with our horses is to learn to telepathically communicate with them. Although this can feel like a foreign approach for people, it is easy for the horse. Horses are in fact very good at this, and unlike people, sound is their least dominant form of expression.

    I wonder if this is part of why autistic do so well around horses … maybe since they do not communicate with spoken language well, autistic children can communicate better with horses than with other humans because they are reaching each other on a telepathic (or other communication level).

    I think that people who are not autistic could bridge the communication gap better if they spent as much time trying to discover what ways autistic people communicate rather than just trying to pressure the autistic to conform to the standard human form of communication. Just because a person does not speak does not mean they are not capable of any communication.

    I also think using horses with autistic in ways beyond horseback riding would be beneficial.

    I just found your site yesterday looking for information on the web about tissue salts (cell salts) and am enjoying reading though the site little by little.

    Keep up the good work your site is both informative and interesting.

    warm regards …
    Joanne (New York state, USA)

  2. Zoe says:

    Thank you for your wonderful input Joanna. I really think you have highlighted an important point that we all have the capacity to strengthen our non verbal communication skills, both with our fellow humans and with horses. A wonderful idea to bring children and adults with autism together with horses to experience the magic of expression and communication and vice versa. Thank you for your sharing.

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