I am looking forward to the upcoming Sahaja Clinic here at our center in St. Vincent. Sahaja means “Spontaneous Energy”. We will be a smaller group of horse people and we will; experiment with bringing the spontaneous energy out in ourselves and the horses.
I just read some research which stated that; The natural curiosity of childhood helps to develop the seeking mechanism of the brain. Too much TV, screens, structured play options like toys with batteries or gadgets can shut down this vital brain development. This slows the imaginative problem solving and creative thinking that children are normally very good at doing. It’s good to honour the child-like appreciation of the world.
To help a strong seeking mechanism to develop, ensure that children have lots of opportunity to be able to move things around and adapt the way they play according to their amazing imaginations. That is why cardboard boxes, sheets, plastic containers, blocks of wood and of course dolls, teddy bears, toy characters, trains, diggers, cars and even sometimes pets make for some very interesting play opportunities for children.
An under-developed seeking mechanism in adulthood can mean you are more susceptible to depression, low motivation and the possibility of staying in a lousy job or loveless relationship. When curiosity is nurtured as a child, it will build physical, psychological, emotional and social competencies that will then foster resilience and self-esteem.
Or as Jonna put it; When we are children, adults set up great environments for the children; at the dentist, at the playground, in the hospital, at kindergarten. Almost everywhere where children go they meet all these kind of different toys, puzzles, paper and crayons, everything in many different colors.
The children immediately get inspired and start to play, or draw or something else. But also if you take children to a forest they will find the same inspiration. Open spaces will also inspire children to run and be more energized and joyful.
When we grow up, there is no one there for us to set it up like when we were children, it’s more up to yourself to make sure you get stimulated by your environment. It is natural to lose inspiration if we do the same things in the same environment all day and for a long time. This environmental inspiration can emerge from all of us. We just need to be aware about where we choose to be and always want to search for it.
Now what does this have to do with horses?
I think that if both humans and horses can spend more time in a natural environment with trees, mountains, sunset, bees and birds, it will enhance their seeking and curiosity skills. I often see humans greatly benefit from leaving the city and arrive to the foot of an active volcano surrounded by ocean and rainforest and the orchestra of the jungle.
Combining working with horses living naturally in a family herd with our amazing setting here in St. Vincent, will help humans reconnect with nature, find more peace, increase their imagination and
rebuild their curiosity.
This state of mind builds great relationships with horses and with other people.
The exciting thing about having my horses as your teachers along with me on the clinic is that they show curiosity, energy, openness, willingness as they were never really tamed. They have all been able to develop their own personality. This has not been “trained” out of them. I love this energy and joy of life because it simply is contagious. When my horses have this energy I get it too. I have also learnt how to generate this energy in my horses.
Actually I think it is possible to develop this ability that you – yourself can live the life you want and create the relationship you want with your horse and your surroundings.
So Sahaja is about horse training, herd dynamics, riding and also about other elements that go far beyond horse training.
Elena showing Sahaja!
Images from 7 elements we will cover during the clinic;
- The Language of Horses
- Connecting with horses at Liberty
- Starting a horse under saddle
- Starting a rider in the saddle
- Rainforest walk with the herd
- Meditate and Be with horses in Nature
- Variations of Sustainable Horse Keeping
A small special group of people have already signed up for the clinic. If you like to join, it is still possible. You can write me for an offer you can’t resist.
Next Sahaja will be in April 2016.
Kind regards Stina