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The Magic In Non-Lineal Progressions

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Be the Supportive Environment That You Need

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Don’t Overthink Overthinking

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More Thoughts on My Shifting Understanding of Empathy

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Observing Old Patterns

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Let the Giggle Snorting Commence!

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Perceptions, Stories & Labels

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Manifestations of Our Cultural Rejection of Discomfort

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The Art of the Giggle Snort

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New Understandings of Empathy

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Living in a Hostile World

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Raising Resilient Children

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Don’t Overthink Overthinking

Overthinking is the product of a system functioning from sympathetic mode. When we are in a place of sympathetic dominance, the parts of our brain

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Observing Old Patterns

Prior to this moment, I had just been tinkering away, doing my thing. Compared to my previous competition life (when even the slightest hint of

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Perceptions, Stories & Labels

Most of us humans have a pretty skewed relationship with bodily sensation. Depending on our experiences, labels, and stories, we categorise certain feelings in the

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The Art of the Giggle Snort

Nadia and I cantered past the barrel with the long pieces of dowel sticking out that were doubling as makeshift garrochas. I reached my hand

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Living in a Hostile World

{This week, I asked my JoyRide members if they had any questions or thoughts they would like me to share in my daily posts. My

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Whole Ass One Thing

Normally I’m quite a productive little creature. I don’t really notice this about myself until I have a day where the inspiration just isn’t flowing,

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The Geometry of Aliveness

I saw a meme the other day that said something along the line of “Anxiety is not of the mind. Anxiety is of the body”.

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One Of Those Days

The other day was one of Those Days. Those Days are tricky because they often sneak up on you. You can even have a streak

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Failure is a New Adventure

I was told once that failure is nothing more than a blind spot in our awareness where new information can enter. I love this definition.

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Letting Go of ‘Right-ness’

If I have the belief that there is a right way to do something, I’ve eliminated all possibilities for learning. My quest for “right-ness” can

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Resistance and Letting Go

I’ve been playing with this definition of resistance for myself. If I understand learning to be a releasing of old patterns as much as it

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Holding Onto Summer

Those of us in the southern hemisphere are noticing the days becoming gradually shorter and the light change from a white milky brightness to a

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The Comparison Trap

Who’s had a chance to listen to this week’s podcast? I’ve plucked this quote out of the conversation because whether or not the actual subject

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Change

Changing your future experience is simply a matter of paying attention to your present experience. If it’s change you are seeking, figure out how to

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A New Normal

“I just want to get back to normal” A sentence that I hear all the time. But in this instance what truly does normal mean?

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Letting Go

“You know Jane, it’s always about the letting go. An unwillingness to let go is always going to be the biggest stuck point”. I’m paraphrasing

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Honouring Your Thinking Needs

As someone with an active and enquiring mind, an important part of my day involves feeding myself in ways that satisfy my intellectual curiosity. When

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Dysregulation vs Responsiveness

Something that you hear a lot around discussion of the nervous system are the terms regulation and dysregulation (and if you’ve read my posts or

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What If…?

What if every moment you find yourself in is not about having to fix yourself or get better or be better… What if instead it

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The Art of Micro-dosing

Micro-dosing is my new favourite word. I don’t use it in relation to medication. Instead, I think of micro-dosing as a means to increase vitality

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There Are No Rules

We are all products of so many things. The school systems we were a part of. The cultures we grew up in. Our particular family

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Context is Key

A lot of what we perceive as “personal problems” or “weaknesses” are more often than not explainable reactions and responses that we lack context and

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I Don’t Set Goals Anymore

When it comes to working with my own horses (and really, we can expand that out to encompass life generally), I don’t set goals anymore.

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What Are We Releasing Into?

There’s a lot of discussion around relaxing and releasing tension- but not so much about what we are releasing into. The fact is that tension

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Self-focus

How’s this for something to practice? When it comes to evaluating or reflecting on a training session, it’s easy to become outwardly focused. “My horse

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The Habenular Complex

If you have a similar obsession (or even interest) in learning about the body, you might also enjoy learning about the origin of some of

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The Power of Rest

My relationship to rest is such a curiosity to me. I am in the enviable position of being passionate about the work I do and

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Eating the Stars

This morning, when I sat down to write, I fell into a familiar feeling that sometimes meets me when I’m thinking of what to share.

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The Long Game

If there’s one thing that I am continually reminding myself of, it’s that you have to play the long game. The long game is not

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The Strength of Kindness

You know, Dee, I’ve realized something. I used to think that to be mentally strong meant that you didn’t deviate from the plan. That you

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Calm, Centered, and Ready

When you think of being calm and centered, what comes up for you? How do you picture this experience in your mind’s eye? How do

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Everyday Activism

In the podcast that was sent out today, I talked about how my horsemanship for me has become a practice in everyday activism. As I

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Resetting From A Spook

You can’t train a horse out of their horse-ness. You can’t train a human out of their humanness. Let’s think about spooking. A question I

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To Stay On Or Jump Off?

The other day, Sausage and I decided to go for a walk on the inlet together. It’s been an exciting time for us- she was

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Learning As A Letting Go

I came to a really great definition of learning recently: Learning is not the process of accumulating, but the process of giving up. The bigger

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Thoughts On Failing

You know, Dee tells me, it seems to me that humans worry about failing a lot. We ride softly across the sand. Huh, I tell

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All this talk about red mares…

All this talk of red mares is nothing new. Feisty. Furious. Opinionated. Difficult. Unpredictable. The category of options in the red mare handbook written by

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Thank Goodness For Them

I had a conversation the other day and something was mentioned to me that I had never heard of before: A silent disco. What, I

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Confidence vs Capacity

Confidence is something that we are all in dynamic relationship with, and I am in constant conversation with riders who tell me that they have

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On Outsourcing Your Power

Outsourcing your power to trainers, clinicians, coaches, people at your barn. It’s a conversation that I am having with riders I work with all the

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Upward Cycles Of Progress

One of the most common “deflation points” I see with riders that I work with are feeling of failure or disappointment around situations “coming back”

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Conversations Around Fear

You know, it can be really tough weighing in on conversations around dealing with fear. There are so many different philosophies that people subscribe to,

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Confidence Requires Midwifery

Developing your confidence requires midwifery. Us humans, we have fooled ourselves into thinking that we need to go about things alone. We maroon ourselves on

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On Pointing Towards Vitality

It’s easy to lose yourself in trainings, theories, and teachings that are focused on finding solutions to your stresses, anxieties, and challenges. But in our

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Community: Joint Care & Belonging

I’ve been thinking a lot about community lately, and we’ve also been having a lot of conversations in JoyRide around belonging, connection, and even loneliness.

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On Robbing Yourself Of Joy

Yesterday, I booked in for a dressage lesson in a week’s time and a working cow clinic not long after that. Truth be known, I

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On Kickback

Kickback. One thing that’s important to realise is that we train people how to treat us. Just like with horses, if you have allowed yourself

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Humour As A Fawn Response

A sense of humour is something that I really value. I know mine has served me well. But I’ve also noticed a tendency I’ve had

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Claim Your Space

At the moment- even more so than usual- there’s a lot of stuff out there ready and willing to soak up your mental and emotional

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On Fear Not Being A Choice

I often get tagged in the comments of various posts in response to someone asking for help dealing with riding related fear. Maybe they’ve had

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Synchronised Movement & The Brain

A theory that I’m working on that brings together three different areas of current (and ongoing) fascination for me: brain mapping, riding as an embodied

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Asking Your Body For Consent

In one of the last sessions of the day I had over the weekend, I was asked a question about dealing with pressure at competition.

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