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Escaping ‘Not-Good-Enough’ Island

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The Subtle And Supported Ways We Dissociate From Our Experience

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Depression and The Nervous System – It’s a Big Conversation

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Don’t Make The Story More Important Than The Moment

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If In Doubt, Move

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Why I Don’t Consciously Manage The Breath

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Healthy Boundaries Require A Willingness To Lose

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That Reflexive Thought: ‘I’m Not Good Enough’

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The Trauma Of Unfiltered Opinions

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Your Nervous System Expresses In Your Movements

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Dancing On The Edge Of The Volcano

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{The Stories We Tell Ourselves} Our Relationship To Time

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If In Doubt, Move

This face right here is the face of a four-legged pup wot needs a lot of exercise. And if she doesn’t get it, she can

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The Trauma Of Unfiltered Opinions

In many ways, the world has cracked open with the discussion of trauma. It’s facilitated a greater degree of empathy and understanding; it’s allowed many

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Finding The Choice Zone

A common situation for you. Your horse spooks and you find yourself completely discombobulated. In fact, you are so out of sorts, that the only

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I need to listen well…

A quote that struck a chord with me today… “I need to listen well so I hear what is not said” ~ Thuli Madonsela  

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Failure… We Just Made it up

We humans have a funny relationship with failure, and perhaps the most curious aspect about it is that the whole thing is completely made up.

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Take Up Your Space

There’s a meme or a quote that I’ve seen floating around recently that speaks to the idea that “extreme independence” is a trauma response. I

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Don’t Assume Fragility

Yesterday, we jumped into a conversation around learning that centered around the fear of ruining your horse. If you missed that and want to have

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Control Your Amygdala

At the start of the week, I had a little gigglesnort to myself that the most motivational mantra that I could come up with when

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Your Body is Amazing

This week I participated in/ watched a human dissection of the central nervous system. It’s the first time that I’ve been a part of anything

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Ninjas Never Give Up

So, two facts about me that I don’t think are known outside my immediate family. I love rock climbing. Like, I love watching people do

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Intuition

Intuition is a subject of particular fascination for me, and the more that I study and understand the nervous system, the more I realise that

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The Issue With Muscle Memory

While we are hot on the topic of motor responses this week, let’s talk about the term “muscle memory”; it’s one that we hear a

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Too Much of A Good Thing?

The ol’ “too much of a good thing” comes into effect in so many ways, and often well outside the parameters that we expect. Take

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Clinic Update Day Two

So, some updates from Day Two for you! I’ll break it down horse by horse… Dee 🦄 It’s been really interesting to manage my expectations

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Clinic Update Day One

It’s Day One of this week’s Clinic Diaries (I’m running a day behind as I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night)! So, the initial

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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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