I have been working with Stina and practicing “basic” exercises with her four horses: Jack, Spirit, Elena and Magic. Through this it has become more and more clear that there are just a few essentials to build up a real connection with horses. These are: lots of fun, be open minded, enjoy every single step, and be full of life.

But the harder I try, the further it goes. I think this happens because we learned to stop listening to our true selves. We all have different kinds of needs. Sometimes there is a need missing and there appears a feeling of displeasure. A long time ago people started teaching each other to get rid of this feeling as soon as possible. That’s why I think our mind (ego) is ingenious to come up with all kinds of strategies. It’s an external process what makes us dependent, it can easily come and go. It makes us vulnerable because we aren’t in control of it.

To accomplish what I think is needed is awareness. To develop awareness you need lots of compassion.

Compassion is an internal process. It’s about allowing everything that’s going on inside to happen. To me it means that it’s okay to feel displeasure, just feel it. It’s okay to invent strategies, just let them pass. You even can practice strategies, just be aware of it.

Be compassionate with yourself. It will activate another part of your brain, the creative part. There will appear a world with infinite possibilities to provide for your needs in a way you could never imagine before. Peaceful, loveable, and healing from within, which will stay forever.

And then suddenly, before you even know it…you are having lots of fun, you are open-minded, you are enjoying every single step and most of all you are full of life!

You can feel a deep connection in your heart and this connects you with every living being. It synchronizes communication and vibrates in all energy around us. Communication becomes a dance of life. Horses are my dance of life.

Michelle van Ardennen
Working student (Holland)

Wonderful life a song by Katie Melua

Here I go out to sea again
The sunshine fills my hair
And dreams hang in the air
Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes
You know it feels unfair
There’s magic everywhere

Look at me standing
Here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine
No need to run and hide
It’s a wonderful wonderful life
No need to laugh and cry
It’s a wonderful wonderful life

The sun’s in your eyes
The heat is in your hair
They seem to hate you because you’re there
And I need a friend
Oh I need a friend to make me happy
Not stand here on my own

I need a friend
Oh I need a friend
To make me happy
Not so alone

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