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Predictability Of Behaviour Is Always A Product Of The Survival Nervous System

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Letting Go Of Being Anywhere Other Than Where You Are Now

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Put Your Shoulders Back! And Other Motor Patterns Of The Fight Response

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Posture by its very nature is a dance

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The Position Of Your Body? Your Brain Chose That For You

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The Largest Sensory Nerve In The Body

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“We Can Handle It”: Thoughts On Self-Trust

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Courage Is The Power To Let Go Of The Familiar {Notes On Change}

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Calm Is Not The Goal

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You Cannot Consciously Change Your Nervous System Patterns

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Your Jaw Mimics Your Pelvis

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We Are Natural Multitaskers

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The Largest Sensory Nerve In The Body

In our movement classes this week, we’ve been focusing on the trigeminal nerve, the largest sensory nerve in the body. Activating and re-habituating the sensory

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Calm Is Not The Goal

A frequent conversation that I am having with riders I work with revolves around letting go of the idea that the goal is to reach

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Your Jaw Mimics Your Pelvis

Often, when it comes to making corrections in the body- adjusting our position, correcting our posture, attempting to develop our seat- we focus on specific

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We Are Natural Multitaskers

Yesterday, we talked briefly about the different learning styles and mode of response that are expressions of the various stages the survival nervous system travels

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Pattern Not Personality

Your learning style- how you process information, respond to feedback or criticism, the conditions you “require” in order to be able to take things in-

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Begin Again

“Comfort zone” is an interesting phrase, and it’s not one that we typically think of with positive connotations. Usually, the discussions about it centre around

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You Have Permission To Shift

In all the work I do, I’m trying to strike a balance between understanding what’s happening at a nervous system level, and then recognizing how

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To Lead The Orchestra…

8:30 pm, I flop down on the couch, pick up the remote and press the green button. I don’t very often feel like watching TV

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Looking Beyond Our Biology

One of the common “complaints” that I hear about focusing on the body and the mind from the level of the nervous system is that

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The Story Of Your Body

Last week, I added a practice to my membership program called The Story Of Your Body. The purpose of it was two-fold. Firstly, I wanted

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Acceptance & Resistance

If you find yourself in a situation that you would really rather not be in, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being desperate

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Seriously, But Not Personally

So, there’s self-awareness (the ability to stay in connection with yourself whilst engaging with the world) and there’s self-centering (the tendency to centre all situations

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Can We Start Again, Please?

In my family, we have a little tradition. It’s not a food that we share on a particular day. It’s not a place that we

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Constant, Glorious Failure

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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Showing Up Sometimes Means Saying No

Continuing on with our “Showing Up” Conversation! We started yesterday by talking about two different situations that can share the same outward manifestations, and how

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Showing Up For Ourselves

Showing up is something that’s talked about a lot. Personally, I’m a fan of it. After all, nothing happens, changes, or gets discovered if you

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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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Patterned vs Reflexive Responses

Yesterday, we talked about mental models and maps, and I briefly mentioned how they were a function of our sympathetic nervous system. I thought we

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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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It’s Ok to Take Your Time

On the final day of the clinic, Dee and I were merrily trotting around on a circle to the right. A little obstacle course had

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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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The Sovereignty of Being Sensitive

I’ve got to reading another book recently called The Electricity Of Every Living Thing. It’s by Katherine May- you might remember a couple of posts

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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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