Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In the Moment

One day, in my Facebook News Feed, a blurb popped up about one of my friends "liking" Horses for LIFE - an on-line magazine devoted to horsemanship.  I've followed it through my news feed for a few months but never thought too much of it.

The other day, I hopped over to their website and totally fell in love with the magazine.  I plunked down the money for an annual subscription and have been perusing the archives ever since.

In one of the earliest issues of the magazine, there is an article called Where is He? and it was all about how we connect - in time - with our horse.

Two excerpts from the article:

[Your horse] is right here. Right now. He exists as a pure being, his consciousness completely in this moment. Not the last moment. Or the moment before. He really doesn't care what you did two moments ago, he cares about now. He exists in now.
Our mind is everywhere but in the now. If you want to talk to the horse, you have to find the ability to join him where he is. In this moment. This moment that is gone the next, to a new moment that you must be in, releasing the moment that came before and that you were just in. You begin by living in each moment, moment by moment, letting go of all the moments before . . .
The author goes on to say that by living, fully present in each moment, something amazing begins to happen.  Time begins to stand still, allowing each moment to stretch longer and longer.  We can then become aware of more because we find more time to observe.  We find the place where our horse lives.



livingwaterfarm said...

Why yes! That is what Pat says. Horses live in the moment. It is really hard for humans though. We think too much.

Lisa said...

Pat - and others - have said it but sometimes it takes a new phrasing to really understand it.

I loved the way the author spoke of the "magic" that happens when we allow the moments to cascade rather than gripping too tight to moments that have passed or grasping for moments yet to come. Almost to live outside our construct of "time."

steveandtania said...

totally zen! Off to the website I go!

Parelli Central said...

Wow. This is a great blog post, Lisa. Thank you for sharing this!

Petra Christensen
Parelli 2Star Junior Instructor
Parelli Central