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Cross Brain Connections: What Are They Good For Anyway?

How cross brain connections literally saved my life! In this blog I will discuss how a healthy brain develops and how trauma impacts this process by localizing neural connections in the lower regions of the brain, the part concerned with survival.  I will share ways we can capitalize on the brain’s neuroplasticity and capacity to…

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My Horse is NOT My Therapist

You’ve all seen them; those kitschy t-shirts, hats, and signs that proclaim, “My horse is my therapist.” I openly admit, I’ve contemplated buying one of those before or making a sign of my own with this endearing saying for the barn or my home. I liked it. It hit home for me. I felt it…

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But I Miss The Caterpillar: My story of transformation and loss

Secure attachment to this moment is about finding safety, security, and a perfect acceptance of what is, while still being free to miss what was, and long for what will be. In 2017 I was given the opportunity to practice one of the more difficult principles we teach in Natural Lifemanship – Secure attachment is…

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Spiritual Intimacy Grows with Connection through Detachment

When we sense God is with us, our relationship with God develops through the experience of connection with attachment. At other times, perhaps times of great loss or suffering, we may sense God is nowhere to be found. A joyful sense of connection seems to dissolve into a deep well of emptiness. We may then…

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Deification is Still Objectification

Deification is still objectification

Typically, when we think of objectification we think of the overtly negative kind.  Women’s bodies as objects for other’s consumption, children as extensions of ourselves, or the Earth as a disposable resource for our own benefit. Yet, a more subtle objectification is alive and well in human nature – that is, the deification of someone…

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Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Thinking

I read a study the other day that talked about the way the brain functions when our fundamental beliefs are challenged. Basically, it stated that the same regions of our brain fires when we are physically threatened. Those regions that fire on both occasions are the regions responsible for our survival. Although the author was…

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Dropping the Saddle: A Case Study About a Boy Seeking Connection

dropping the saddle

Oliver was sitting in a stall with Banjo, holding a saddle close to his chest, slumped over in defeat. It was yet another session that he tried to ride Banjo and failed. The Equine Professional and I stayed connected with Oliver, guiding him through self-regulation exercises and resisting the urge to rescue him or provide…

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