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The Art of Now

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Theresa

10-art-of-nowHorses are always in living in the moment.

They don’t think about the past or future and don't practice the kind of 'mind hopping' we often do; we hop from our failures in the past to our fears for the future, and forget to enjoy the NOW.

Horses always live in the NOW and they feel immediately if we are not present, rather doing our 'mind hopping' thing.

To resonate the most with our horse and to get the most out of our training with our horse WE have to be in the NOW too. So here are some tips on how to get into the NOW:.

 5 Steps To Living In The Moment

With these 5 steps you can master the Art of Now:

Step 1. Focus on your breathing before you start training your horse: Inhale and count 1-2, keep your breath as you count 3-4-5-6 and exhale as you count 7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14. Repeat a few times.

Step 2. If you are too busy in your head, do a calm relaxing activity before you go to your horse. Take a warm bath, do some yoga or tai chi, do some gardening, or listen to relaxing music. Use your senses while doing this calm relaxing activity and be aware of what you see, hear, feel, taste and smell without judging if it's good or bad.

Step 3. Accept the past and let go of the past by using the The Power of Meaning »

Step 4. Stop worrying about the future. To get out of an over-analyzing state, Change Your Gremlins » and Choose Your Thoughts »

Step 5. Say to yourself right now:

  • "Everything I need to know will come to me at the right time and place"
  • "All I need right now is within me now"
  • "I am right here right now and that's okay"

Thich Nhat Hahn.

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What do you use to be in the NOW and to stay in the moment?

Do you have an experience you’d like to share?

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Now


Comment author said

By Linda on 28 August 2013 at 04:14

Sus Susanne Rode left a very insightful reply and one so worth remembering. Thank you for sharing those questions I will use them daily not just when I'm with my horse, but when I'm going throughout my daily routine doing the things I enjoy as well as those things I'd rather not have to do. Either way it will help me get through it all.
Thanks again!!
~Linda

 

Comment author said

By Tanja Madsen on 31 August 2013 at 19:36

Great answer by Madlena! I used to have a very demanding and stressful job, and my thoughts were constantly racing to the point I couldn't wind down and get proper sleep. Only when I found myself in the presence of a horse, focusing on its need for me to really care about its whole being, my mind went mysteriously blank and I was able to feel reconnected with what's important in life and the more worry-free part of myself. Equilibrium by equine 🙂

 

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