Sometimes our mind is like a balloon floating around not attached to our body. We use our brain to think about every event in our life. (Past, present and future.) We have forgotten to sense into situations using our bodies as well as our mind. Stress, anxiety, tiredness is often caused by over thinking. By reconnecting our body and our mind it gives a more resourceful approach to handling situations in a positive manner. With practice this can be come automatic again.
Have your every been somewhere and felt your stomach do flips or get a slight shake in your hands, felt tightness in your stomach or had sore and stiff shoulders? Your body is no longer talking to you it's screaming at you. When you learn how to listen to your body talking, you can move the pain or stiffness out of your body, bring about awareness which helps to live a more harmonious and comfortable life. The younger you learn, the less you carry around in your body, the healthier you stay.
We use Horses in this therapy for people as they are renowned for reading our bodies even when we can't.
At rebalance your life I use speciality exercises and body scanning exercises with the horses help to re-engage your physical body back with your mind. This can also be coupled with Reike to include balancing your chakras for those inclined.
This is an effective and easy way to learn to self-regulate and start healing your body.
Today while cleaning our the horse trough, I noticed quite a big beetle floating on top of the water. I used my hand to fish it out. It stuck to my fingers like glue. I immediately felt a bit panicked at the sensation of the beetles legs cling to my fingers. At that point I realised that it was imagined fear. I imagined that the beetle was going to bite me and the pain that might come with it. I thought the beetle would never let go of my fingers. I wished I had used a stick to fetch the beetle out. I tried to coax it onto the wooden post at which it felt like the beetle dug into my fingers. Then I just stopped and took a breath. The beetle stopped too. It was no longer threatened. I continued to fill up the troughs while letting the beetle dry out on my fingers. Once that job was finished I looked at the beetle. I looked at it's colour, it's head and legs and realised how beautiful this beetle was. The fear had completely diminished and in it's place was a kind of awe and beauty. I fetched a leaf and coaxed the beetle onto it. It happily moved to the leave and I was able to gently put it back onto the ground. The sensation of the beetles legs moving no longer contained any fear from me. Something so simple made me think how our imagined fear can set us up for panic. I could of swiped at the beetle which did cross my mind. However by not reacting with panic and observing the situation I was able to calmly remove the beetle and keep my fingers intact. I was able through clear thinking and observation stop the panicked feeling that was rising up inside me. I changed my thoughts and changed the outcome to non fear. While at times we do need fear to keep us safe, a lot of times we apply fear with out thought and make a situation worse than what it really is. The next time you feel a fear rising, observe if it is a real emergency or imagined fear. Your outcome may change for the better and your body will thank you for not getting in the flight and fight mode unnecessarily.
Over the past 12 months I have come to realise that great change can occur when we have awareness. To grow awareness you need to practice each day to make it a natural part of your life. To illustrate this I have written an example of deliberate awareness.
Today I walked along the beach and purposely walked in the shallow water. I started by feeling the sand beneath my feet. I felt the water against my legs and noticed the different temperatures while walking along. I sensed the top of the spot where the water covered my ankle and where it met the air. I felt the sun on one side of my body and the cool breeze on the other side. How my legs felt when wadding ankle, then calf deep in the water. Next I lifted my focus from looking down into the sand and water and glanced up at the horizon. I could still see clearly in front of me but now had a wider view. It was beautiful day and seeing the beauty gave me a sense of peace throughout my body. I mentally scanned my body and noticed that in that moment I was free of any pain or stress. In that moment I was at peace. Later I dropped my focus to just in front and observed the tiny fish darting back and forth in front of me, all the different types of shells laying on the sand being washed over by the water. I raised my eyes again and looked around. I could see seagulls resting on the beach, people walking or relaxing and boats in the water. I was alone but not lonely.
Sometimes we go through life on autopilot, if someone stopped and asked us to describe our day we find it hard to recall the little details. Especially what the body was feeling at the time. If we start to add deliberate awareness to our activities it can become like a mediative state. It keeps us out of the past worries or the future uncertainties. If we did this each day to any tasks we can start to live, think and feel more tranquil. The benefits of living in a more tranquil state are numerous. Lower blood pressure just to name one.
For those who find meditating difficult this deliberate awareness is a great way of practicing without the body having to stay still, you are focusing the mind so thoughts are stilled just like you strive to do in meditation. Leaning to feel all the sensations that are happening to both the inside and outside of your body is the start of aligning the mind and body for greater health. Overtime we have learnt to ignore our emotions which can be stored in our bodies when not addressed. There are lots of different reason for not acknowledging our emotions and at times keeps us safe in the beginning. However if not dealt with theses emotions can cause havoc. Let's say you are driving along a dark street with no street lights and you notice your oil light comes on. To be safe you keep driving till your reach a servo where you pull over and address the problem. However if you continue driving for days with the oil light on eventually the car will start to seize or stop altogether. This could take hours, days or months. The human body is the same , overtime it starts to seize or develop diseases.
If we learn to feel and recognise the sensations in our body we can change how our bodies respond. In EFL (equine facilitated learning -horse therapy for people) we learn how to scan our bodies and feel the sensations to bring about strong awareness. This can start to bring up emotions allowing the body to heal and rid itself of stuck emotions and energy. Practicing awareness with everyday task is one of the best gifts you can give your body and it is free but for those who have stuck emotions and or energy and would like some help clearing these energies, please contact me about a round yard horse facilitated body scan. This is a safe method even for those whom are nervous around horses.