We can be so busy around our horses and have so much agenda (not a bad thing) that we often don't think to take the time to just observe them. A child, of course, wouldn't forget this part. It's one of the main things children do -- they watch everything. If you watch children watching, you'll see that they are really soaking it all in and they need no "reason" to do this.

Observing, if you think about it, is really the basis of good relationship, whether with other humans or animals.

So I'm creating a four part video series on this subject. I'll cover WHY we should spend time doing this, the benefits that come of it, and how to do it, including what to look for and what it all means. Here's the first (and don't forget to subscribe to my channel so you get updates):

Back by popular demand, we are bringing you another meditation with horses event this summer!

Come relax in nature and sink into a blissful state of consciousness with a guided meditation and singing bowl sound healing in the presence of horses!

-Space is limited so please call the number above to save your spot.

-Location is provided with registration.

-If you have any questions, please let us know!

And for your listening pleasure from our last event:

I had set up the arena for an equine assisted learning activity. The props were neatly organized, and I went out to greet my students, leaving the horses alone for a few minutes. They took advantage and I came back to find them...well, watch the video.

Horses, of course, can teach us a lot about the importance of unstructured time and play. They're really good at it and they're not constantly angst-ridden that they're missing out on something else.

But our culture has gotten away from allowing unstructured time and play and I'm not talking about the necessity of it for children here. There's lots of research out there about them. I'm talking about us -- the adults. Those of us who think every minute needs to be filled. Those of us who can never say no to a request even when we're already so overburdened.

Those of us who actually get anxious if there's too much quiet.

Yet it is from this discomfort of unstructured time that we can gain so much of what we're missing.

If you need to call "doing nothing" something there's actually a term for it! Wu Wei is a Chinese term that means literally “non-doing." It's a Taoist concept referring to natural action that is free-flowing, harmonious, and spontaneous.

Many of us complain that there's not enough deep connection in our lives anymore or that we don't get to play and create and just have fun or that we never have an unexpected adventure or that spontaneity is a thing of the past.

Connection, joy, creativity, and an experience of Oneness can seemingly magically happen when we allow ourselves to sink into unstructured time unfettered by expectation and agenda.

Don't plan ahead. Just allow pockets of unstructured time in your schedule and see what comes up.

Maybe you'll just sit. Or NAP. Or take a really slow walk. Or sit in a cafe by yourself with a cup of coffee. You can't say now what you'll do then because that wouldn't be spontaneous.

This isn't time for distractions from the present, like TV or talking on the phone or scrolling through social media. This is time to experience each moment with your senses and to observe yourself and the world around you in real time. This is where we meet our true selves; this is where our horses want us to meet them too.