Posted on April 13, 2015 by yogamadre1
Horses are honest creatures. Listening to messages from a horse is like listening to messages straight from the heart. Your very own heart! We make it tricky because we tend to filter the message through the brain, our thoughts, our past experiences, our present state, and whatever other layer we add to it. The horse doesn’t filter. It acts on intuition and instinct and that’s what it communicates directly to you. The horse doesn’t adjust the message because it relies on its flight instinct for survival. Do we have, or better yet, can we develop that openness to listen and start the process of understanding?
“Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times”. ~Yogi Bhajan
I used to work for a family, here in the Sierra riding one of their horses. She was so sweet that it was even part of her name, “Sweet Willow”. One day after some fun arena work I took her on a trail ride with a friend and another mare. The horses were relaxed and the scenery in the Sierra was, as always, spectacular. The mountains had snow on their peaks and the creeks we crossed had water flowing. After a long, sweaty ride my horse spooked as we made the journey up the final hill to her neighborhood. I looked around and couldn’t see anything scary but I trusted that she had. After a few minutes my horse spooked again and this time she would not continue on the trail. Sensing her worry we both looked around with more effort. We stood quietly and there it was, a foal out running wild down the hill. It was so beautiful! We figured it must have escaped from a nearby ranch. Being of the modern age, we had our cell phones on us so we were able to call the nearest ranch and arrange that we would guide it back. It was such an amazingly fun adventure and detour from the plan. Horses will do that to you. They will bring you on a journey that you could not have anticipated. Maybe it was the true journey you were meant to take. The path of intuition and the heart, if we truly listen.
My adventure was a beautiful reminder to myself to take the time to listen. Buck Brannaman said, “It’s a matter of timing and of patience. Although it may seem nothing is happening on the surface, there may yet be profound changes occurring a little deeper. Waiting isn’t bad”. Doesn’t that ring true for us humans? As Yogi Bhajan said, “Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times”. To me, this applies to your heart and our animal friends too, my friends!