I'm going to continue on a series of articles which give personal examples on how to use the horse as a tool for personal development.
If you remember my last article on using horses as practise dummys to set personal goals.
Today, I'd like to talk about a great spiritual book by Eckhart Tolle called The Power of Now. The book has sold over 5 million copies since 1999 and translated into over 30 languages.
Eckhart had humble beginnings but is now regarded as a prophet by Oprah Winfrey. He is regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of today. His story is interesting. Have you read it?
His newest book The New Earth, was featured in a 10 part series on OWN network with Oprah.
The Power of Now has it's basic teaching that we, as a human species, have relied on the mind/ego too heavily to the point that the ego is so dominant that our culture is considered narcissistic. In other words, the ego has taken over who we believe ourselves to be and not as a global human species living on this beautiful planet.
Eckhart suggests that we oscillate between using the mind/ego for ONLY practical purposes like planning your day at the barn, feeding your horses etc. and then mostly living in the present moment - the NOW. Where everything happens. Not the past. Not the future. Everything only happens in the Now. Cool when you think of it!
Others may refer to the Now as 'getting into the Zone' where there is no thinking, only focus and awareness. Artists refer to it as their muse where the mind is quieted and creativity happens. Meditation by others. Horse people refer to it as simply Being with our horses.
Eckhart uses the term Being a lot. In fact he mentions that our pets (he was referring to mostly cats and dogs but I'm sure horses apply here too), live in the moment always. And that by Being with horses and our pets, will remind us and give us examples of what living in the Now can give us - peace, joy and happiness.
Our horses and other furry friends can be great examples of how not to worry which causes suffering (the mind/ego again!) and how to live in the present.
Next time I see you, we can share in the
present moment together!
Putting my spin on the present - the Now.