Be Good to Your Horse

People who experience the effects of chronic pain, disease, injury, weight issues, aging, or other physical conditions sometimes feel as if their bodies have betrayed them. They begin to resent their bodies, and resentment can lead to mistreatment or neglect. When a client is feeling this way, I sometimes talk about being good to your horse. Imagine the life of a cowboy and his horse. […]

Dammed Emotions

Emotions are not static. From moment to moment, they intensify, shift, move, recede, and transform. I’m not talking about the thoughts and labels we associate with our emotions, which can be deceptive, but rather the underlying sensations or feelings themselves. At this level, our emotions are very much like a body of water (e.g. a stream, river, or ocean), always in motion, seemingly alive, unpredictable, […]

The Life of Trees

We tend to think of trees as largely inanimate, but maybe this is merely because our human lives move so fast. If we could observe the world at a tree’s pace, we might see something entirely different. Imagine speeding up time so that months pass before us like seconds. What do we see? First, there is no darkness. Daylight merely flickers as the sun passes […]

Kick Up a Little Dust

Foster possibility by always keeping things a little unsettled. Allow chaos to work for you in your life. Don’t over control. Don’t try to push the river. When you resist and restrict the flow of life, you only fight your own possibilities. So, leave a little slack in the reins. Leave the doors and windows in your life unlocked and slightly ajar. Listen carefully for […]