It’s the little things in life that inspire growth and action and sadly I think too many of us tend to forget that when we get busy.
…and it’s been a VERY busy year at the Legend Ranch.
The funny thing is – it’s only the beginning of April so it feels a little too early to be saying that.
The New Year is so far away, yet we’ve been working overtime at Legend Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and have hit a lot of landmark moments. I can’t remember the last time I felt so fulfilled at work.
There’s something I wanted to share with you.
Over the past few months, I’ve been working on mindfulness. It’s a practice that the patients greatly benefit from – and something I think each and every one of us needs to keep in the forefront of our lives.
The simple act of being present to what is happening right here and now changes everything.
If I keep my attention on the place where my feet reside, I have a better chance of remaining in the here and now. What’s here and now is all there is, so we’re told.Most of us know this in our heads, but integrating it into our daily living is another thing. It’s a practice, one that must remain a part of our awareness if we hope to be released from suffering. 5 Lessons about Being Present: Freedom is Where My Feet Are, Tiny Buddha
If I keep my attention on the place where my feet reside, I have a better chance of remaining in the here and now. What’s here and now is all there is, so we’re told.
Most of us know this in our heads, but integrating it into our daily living is another thing. It’s a practice, one that must remain a part of our awareness if we hope to be released from suffering. 5 Lessons about Being Present: Freedom is Where My Feet Are, Tiny Buddha
This morning was cold and crisp. Idaho hasn’t warmed up yet, so I could still see my breath when I got out into the pasture. There was nothing particularly special about this morning. EXCEPT that it was different.
While feeding the horses, something struck me as so humorous that it made me smile from ear to ear.
After feeding the herd, I sat down on a bale of hay, like I always do, to observe the horses as they ate. They did their usual jockeying for the best position to feed before settling into their chosen spots.
As they began the chew on the hay and supplements my ears picked up on the actual sound of the chewing.
Yep – just that. It’s the little things in life and they are so easy to miss.
Now most of us can probably testify that hearing chewing sounds at the table isn’t a pleasant thing, I’d say that it’s usually quite the opposite.
…But today was my day to just enjoy the contented sound of healthy, happy horses chewing their food.
I’m so thankful for moments like these, it’s been therapy for my own soul. Simple pleasures affirm that it’s not always the big things that help us see the world differently.
It really is the little things in life. They make all the difference and they don’t cost a dime.
This is why I do what I do here at LEAP.
Now is the season to think about what makes you most thankful, but research supports making it a year-round habit. Many studies have found there are benefits of gratitude — both mental and physical — and all it takes to enjoy them is a little bit of introspection. 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude, Time.com
As equine therapists, we never know what will trigger a breakthrough or cause someone in pain to smile. It’s usually the little things in life that give patients the answers that help them overcome their struggles.
Each and every day provides new opportunities to help someone change their path and I’m truly excited to see what this spring brings.
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Legend Equine Psychotherapy Program (“LEAP”) is an alternative approach to traditional counselling. Patients gain insight into their behaviour through their relationship with therapeutic horses. A unique bond between horses and humans exists that encourages growth and connection. When talk therapy just isn’t enough, equine therapy makes inroads and breaks downs walls.