Photo credits: Barby Snell and Wistar Hart
A beautiful sunset, as it sings it’s song of joy to you, and living in the moment should be an easy reach for most people. When it comes to horses and people, living in the moment can be a different matter. Let us take a brief walk into living in the moment.
There is much talk about relationship and connection with our horses. Relationships can be defined in a multitude of ideas, ways and practices. Likewise, connection can mean many things as applied to relationship. One needs to define for themselves what those terms mean before any meaningful interreactions, with horse or human, can take place. It is my belief it can be a lot easier if we can learn a simple disicpline. Live in the moment.
Math home school teacher and child day care worker of an 8 year old Granddaughter and a 6 year old Grandson are two items that have recently been added to my rather extensive resume.
You might wonder, what does that have to do with horsemanship. I will explain in a moment.
As the Lord has led me into this experience, I have developed the utmost respect and admiration of single moms trying to raise their family in a tumultuous world. I have also learned to multi task quite well. Three and one half days of the week, my primary focus is with these two little chargers. That precludes my everyday chores and work that needs to be done on the ranch. Not to mention running the horsemanship side of this enterprise. Bad weather means being housebound. Thankfully, these two love the outdoors, giving me some leeway during good weather.
Back to how this relates to horsemanship. It is called living in the moment.
Living in the moment while working with a horse is not a challenge or a problem for me. Here is what I am learning domestically. Living in the moment is possible in whatever situation presents itself.
Just a little side note. I obviously do not realize that I am Grandpa. What brings me to that conclusion? I am addressed by that title 50 thousand times a day. Smile please.
As I submit to living in the moment and letting go of thoughts of all the “things” that need doing, peace, rest and clarity become tangible in my life. Those three attributes lead to understanding, revelation, and wisdom. A release into creativity, if you will.
Peace: being irritable and cranky over things taking place ceases to exist.
Rest: my day can start very early with the Lord. Being in the moment does not wear one out like living for the next thing. Sometimes a little nap mid day helps. At my age, I’m entitled. 🙂
Clarity: when my mind is not filled with all sorts of thoughts, I carry no inner turmoil. It becomes easy to focus on the task at hand.
It is amazing what takes place in this type of environment. Decisions to be made in the moment with the kids and decisions for the future seem to come easier. In the moment, I see things that escaped my attention while occupied with many thoughts.
So many parallels can be drawn here when we think about walking with and following the Lord Jesus.
He has promised us Peace.
He has promised us Rest.
And He has promised us clarity, wisdom and creativity.
Depending on the degree of relationship you would like with your horse, living in the moment becomes fundamental to everything you will do with him. Naturally, there are things you are going to need to learn. An excellent horseman can help you with the nuts and bolts so to speak. However, the real deal is going to come from within. Much in the way the Holy Spirit will teach us.
If we would like to do something as well as we are able, It takes the time it takes.
Living in the moment, makes it possible. It is also a stressless way of learning.
Blessings and Happy Trails,