5 THINGS HORSES TEACH US ABOUT LOVE
1. In today's volatile world, as well as business environments, unmanaged stress can lead to depression and anxiety. Being in the presence of horses can alleviate that. Horses, unless provoked, live in a state of satiation. They are able to self-regulate themselves. When we are with them, we can also self-regulate, become more content, and allow for connection. Such connection can enlarge feelings of awe, gratitude and, yes, even love.
2. Horses allow us the space and freedom to focus on Emotional Intelligence skills--soft skills such as listening and noticing. Such self exploration often leads to a greater sense of freedom, openness and love.
3. Horses help us to not react, not get caught up in drama, and to be in the moment, present with our feelings. Unconditional positive regard for the horses, as well as for ourselves and those around us, can enlarge our sense of love. As we view these exquisite animals with kindness, our capacity for compassion deepens. We increase positive neural connections--resulting in deeper love.
4. Horses take time to play, rest, roll, run. Self care is paramount for us. Mother Teresa said to "Do small things with great love." As we tend gently to our own self care, it is a powerfully loving act.
5. When horses are distracted, they focus on the momentary distraction, and then they return to grazing. We need to do "the next right thing" and then return to a state of openness, non-judgment, and curiosity. Loves thrives in such an environment.
Finally, horses woo us to linger, to slow down, to stop. They desire us to just be. Not do. Be. With them. In love.