I have spent the last 35 years training horses and riders at one level or another and easily the last 10-15 searching for a way to live a better life. By a better life I don’t mean wealthier (but a secure income doesn’t hurt!), I mean a fuller more focused and centered life, a life with meaning and purpose. I have been trying to learn how to stay in the moment and not miss what is happening right now because I am worrying about what happened in the past or what might happen in the future.
In this journey I have learned better how to stay in the moment (sometimes) and have also found that it has helped me become a much better trainer. It is a constant work in progress. There are definite ups and downs along the way; falling off the mindfulness wagon and climbing my way back aboard. Each time this happens I feel I am a bit more mindful, a bit better at enjoying what is now and not looking forward or back. Every lesson I learn through these times of struggle helps me to be better in every part of my life, including training horses and riders .
One thing I have always liked to do is to share my lessons in whatever I learn with others. So, I am starting this blog. I am not sure where it will take me and exactly what form it will take. But to start I am going to share my training experiences as they happen and add a touch of life experience as well.
One problem many people today have, including professionals in the horse business, is no time for self. But if you don’t take care of your self, who will? So it is important to be sure to be organized and efficient with your horse business and to let go of control once and a while so that you have time for you. By doing so, you will be better at your job. I am hoping to share some lessons I have learned through the years that have helped me become more mindful and allow me to take time for self nurturing.
That is enough for now. Next time I will talk a bit about my journey towards mindfulness and how that helps me in my life and work.