TRUST WITH ANIMALS NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 3rd, 2021
There are 3 things that I find especially important now in my everyday life. They are being peaceful, patient, and persistent. Waking up each morning with these three "P's" hovering in my awareness, brings a sense of calmness, acceptance, and determination into my existence.
First I meditate, next I plan my day, then I set out with my intention to make the day productive, purposeful, and enjoyable. Most days I meet my expectations.
Some days I do not, and that is OK too. We are not machines or robots, we function in a complicated mind, with a body that sometimes cannot keep up with our intentions. So, I smile to myself and let that go.
It's the same intention I carry with me when I go to work with animals using the Trust Technique. In fact, I learned the 3 "P's" from their program. Now, as a Trust Technique Practitioner, it has become sort of a mantra for me.
Learning to get peaceful with your animal, being patient through that learning process, and being persistent in your practice of mindfulness with them, produces an elevation into a much deeper relationship. It’s about letting go of the busy-ness in your life and letting in the peace. Ultimately, it’s about building trust and confidence in both you and your animal. Then you can imagine shared goals and fun.
In my work with animals and their people I have witnessed so many shifts of consciousness, so many problems being solved. Peaceful solutions develop without domination or assertiveness coming into the picture. We truly can connect in spirit and energy with animals. Be still and they will show you how.
Christine and Solo have opened this avenue of new awareness and conversation between each other. Here is her story of the evolution that took place and continues since I introduced her to the Trust Technique back in October 2020.
Solo came to me in the summer of 2020, from a local rescue. They had done a lot with him and drastically improved his life and relationship with people in the time they'd had him, and he was ready to go to the right home, but he was still distrustful of people.
Something about him told me that I should take him home--maybe it was the look in his eyes that I understood all too well, the desire for peace. But I am probably just projecting, lol. Regardless, I am a sucker for the ones that need a little extra love. So together we embarked on this journey.
These last few months I have been taking things from scratch with him. Step 1 was getting the halter OFF, which was a feat in and of itself. My goal was and is to always take things one step at a time, never forcing him beyond what he was comfortable with, so things have taken time, but we have had all the time in the world.
Since having learned how to get present using the Trust Technique with Barb Vince, I've been building trust with him through patience and persistence in 5-10 minutes sessions most days. We have progressed from him trusting me, to petting his nose. Now he will stand completely calm, loose in the pasture, and allow me to halter him.
This has been a new journey for me, and I am learning from him all the time and continually reminding myself to meet him in reality: being present, honest, and aware. This isn't always easy, but as I've learned, so has Solo. First step, trust. The next? Time will tell. Christine Steendam
Wondering where Trust Technique might take you on your journey with your animal?
Join us on a FREE Presentation on the Trust Technique on ZOOM
February 12th & 26th Fridays 7:00 PM cst
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Or book a Private Consultations for you and your animal by ZOOM. Either way or both ways, it will bring a new peace into your relationship...for both of you.
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Until next time, may the horse be with you...peacefully.
Barb has over 25 years of experience in teaching people with horses. Now, she brings you to a new level of understanding of your equines,through meditation, intuitive training and employing a deeper sense of empathy with your animals.