Posts tagged Coaching

The Wild Horses Come

April 5, 2018 @ 10:15 AM · Coaching, Equine Guided Practices, Inspiration

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

                                                         -- Mary Oliver

As my husband Bill and I drove north from Albuquerque on Interstate 25, the city receded into the arms of the Sandia Mountain Range, majestic and silent to the east.  The freeway cut through vast open country as we climbed steadily to the turnoff that took us onto the winding roads and hairpin turns leading up to Chris’s place. I marveled at the beauty of the high desert dotted with junipers and pinons. As we drove up to the house, I noticed ......

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Passion, Purpose and the Magic Shoes

June 29, 2017 @ 11:23 AM · Coaching, Creativity, Inspiration
Discovering our purpose can seem like an enormous burden, a significant thing to contemplate.  But if we are passionate about something, we can more readily come to know our purpose.  We live our purpose as a natural expression of the passionate self. 
Passion is visceral.  When our bodies are alive, we are alive. According to Angelis Arien, anthropologist and storyteller, questions indigenous healers ask a person who comes to them complaining of dis-ease are: "When did you stop singing? When did you stop dancing?  When did you stop being enchanted with the stories, especially the stories of your own life?" Certainly, alienation from our own passion and purpose is a critical dis-ease.&......
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Taming The Tough Stuff

December 1, 2014 @ 11:35 AM · Coaching, Inspiration

The coaching approach considers feelings to be a natural part of living. Coaches make room for feelings and allow them to surface, giving the client time and space to explore, to face the dragon so to speak. In daily life, we humans are not so used to letting the tough feelings be there before trying to get rid of them. But often, when we allow them and separate them from the judgments and imaginings that accompany them, the feelings move and change on their own.  

It takes courage to be with your feelings and not push them away. When you allow your feelings to simply be, you can continue to look more closely at the workings of your mind: your imaginings and judgments about how things are and what might happen. This is called ...

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Equine Guided Coaching for Midlife Women

November 12, 2014 @ 10:54 AM · Coaching, Equine Guided Practices, Inspiration

Horses heal in many ways. Just hanging out with horses can be soothing to the soul. Among more guided approaches, there is equine assisted therapy which treats mental health issues. There is hippotherapy (or therapeutic riding) where people with disabilities, mostly children and youth, ride a horse with the assistance of trained instructors. (The riding stimulates the muscular and neurological systems as closely to walking as anything can. Not only that, the disabled person has the added benefit of being in relationship with a horse.) Then there is equine guided coaching and learning, which is the modality I use. This coaching-based approach assumes the client is creative, resourceful and whole, and that there is nothing to be fixed. The ...

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You Don’t Have to Believe

October 3, 2014 @ 10:58 AM · Coaching, Equine Guided Practices, Inspiration

You don’t have to believe. Hang around those horses long enough and they will continue to attune to your energy, thoughts and emotions in undeniable ways. They don’t really care if you believe it.  You will have those moments anyway.

A professional horse trainer in the Uruguay group I recently presented a 4-day workshop to, raised his hand the second morning and said, “Yesterday when our group was out with the horses, I realized we were the clients, no longer students learning abstract theory. I saw that the horses responded to each of us differently, and I realized those responses were to the emotions, thoughts and energy moving through each of us.”

The horses continued to demonstrate accurate ...

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Small Miracles: Art that Heals

September 15, 2014 @ 12:54 PM · Coaching, Creativity, Inspiration

Many clients who come in for coaching report that they feel a little deadened, overwhelmed or burned out and wonder why. With very little probing, it often becomes clear that they have become separated from their creative soul. After all, it is a busy, productive world we live in, and art, music, dance and dreaming don’t seem to fit.

I’ve been coaching for a long time now, and I’ve found that creativity and coaching go hand in hand. I’ve always been interested in the creative arts, but I, too, wandered away from the joy and aliveness playing with paint and sound and movement and words can bring. I rediscovered my creativity through Julia Cameron’s wonderful book “The Artist’s Way”. Her ...

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Going Sane

September 9, 2014 @ 12:21 PM · Coaching, Creativity, Equine Guided Practices, Inspiration

Christa and Blue Angel at the farm.

I visited the doctor this week for my annual physical. The check-in nurse saw my journal. “What are you writing?” she asked. “I’m writing about going sane,” I said. It took her a moment. “Oh. As opposed to going insane. I get it.” And she proceeded to tell me how so many more teenagers are coming in with depression. “I wonder if it’s all the bad news about the war and the economy,” she mused. “Maybe,” I answered.

But I really think it is a direct result of the constant stimulation that kids—and the rest of us—are expected to handle.  Always available by phone, text or email: immediate response required. Days filled with non-stop activity. Pressure ...

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From Darkness to Light

August 4, 2014 @ 11:15 AM · Coaching, Creativity, Equine Guided Practices, Inspiration

In my Horse Wisdom for Writers workshop, the horses help writers get down to telling their real stories. Not necessarily the pretty ones, but the ones that need to be told. We do an exercise in the round pen where we ask each participant to take a turn standing in the center with a horse at liberty and talk about what they are burning to write about. Once they get clear about that, they are to free ask the horse to move forward as a metaphor for getting their story out onto the page and into the world.  In one class, several people had worked with Desi, a lovely gray Arabian mare, and Desi had done her job of reflecting back to each writer whether she was interested in what they had to say or not. She showed each writer how well they...

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Haltering the Big Boy

July 29, 2014 @ 12:28 PM · Coaching, Equine Guided Practices, Inspiration

Angie runs a growing event planning business. In order for her events to be successful, she engages sponsors to help defray costs and contribute expertise. When she came out to coach with the horses, she was facing the challenge of finding a big sponsor to partner on a very large event she had in the works.

We walked out into the pasture with two halters. Sparky, a huge Belgian draft horse who stands over six feet tall at the shoulder, came over to check Angie out. She was at once awed by and afraid this gentle giant. She realized she felt the same way about an airline she had identified as a potential sponsor, both awed and afraid.

At my suggestion, Angie spent a little time getting to know Sparky. She looked at him, touched him, ...

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