The world is full of advice. Today I can go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Linkedin and I will find not one but hundreds of coaches who cannot wait to teach me how to live. They all market themselves as the gurus on how to live from your soul, heart or whatever other smart word they come up with. I have gone to a coaching programme because I was dealing with my father’s death.
It helped me. I learned I can never get over it but I can learn to live with it. However, the best coaching programme anyone can have is nature, horses, plants and anything that brings you back to the basics. I have been lucky to be able to ride horses in Barcelona mountains.
Horses are the best coaches on the planet.
I learn so much about myself.
It taught me if I am stressed, so is the horse and everyone else around me. If I am happy so is the horse and everyone else around me. What I project not only comes back to me but also it affects everyone around me. I have to get out of my head when I ride and just be. That in itself is a lesson in life. I am often worried about things I should do or did.
However, when on the horse I have to empty my head and only look ahead. I have to learn to trust an animal. I have to let go of all control and be one with a horse and nature. It’s a magical experience. I feel I am connected to the world as is and I have no worries in that moment. No past and no future the only moment exist is now.
The greatest lesson I got out of horses is I have to have a direction, goal and look where am I going. Always look ahead. No matter how many mistakes I have made in the past.
The past is over.
All I have to do is look forward. To get such lessons from horses is priceless.
I didn’t realise how much a gracious beast can teach me. It taught me it’s not about me. It’s never dwelling on the things I have done, never worrying about the future it’s all about the now and where I am heading. What am I doing? Where is this taking me? All of this from a horse!!!!! The best part of it is I get to be in the mountains with a horse.
I don’t know if you know how wonderful the mountains can be. The infinite colour green, fresh air and sun are magical combination. I wish everyone to experience at least once in their lives. If you’ve ever grown your own plants you will know they are great teachers too. I have been growing my own orange, grapefruit, lemon and pomegranate trees.
I have been growing celery, aubergines, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers and blueberries. Plants require attention and care. They need me. I have to water it every day and weed out anything that’s not suppose to grow there. It taught me patience. It taught me to have faith too. When I plant a grapefruit tree I have to have faith sun, water and wind will look after it.
I have to trust the process of its growth. All I have to do is provide the best possible conditions and let it be. I am a bit of a control freak so it’s hard to let the ‘universe’ to nurture them. I obviously do my bit by watering them but the rest it’s up to the plants and the conditions.
The right conditions will create growth.
It’s not just plants but me too.
I have to have the right conditions to be. I have to have a place to work, breath, live and create. If I don’t have a room to sleep in, for example, how on earth am I going to create anything? If I don’t have the right food for my body how on earth am I going to take care of the plants and a horse? If I don’t have a right set up for me I cannot do anything.
Free coaching from horses, nature and plants are the ones that always tell you the truth. They are not taking my money from me. They don’t want anything from me only give.
Horses, plants and nature gives and never takes.
This type of coaching I support with all my being. The rest of it is nonsense. However, I have to be ready to be able to receive from nature. I have to be able to receive the goodness that’s ready to give to me.
The problem lies in a belief there’s something better out there. Others might teach me what I don’t know. However, anything related to your heart and soul the only person who can teach you is yourself. I suggest to try out growing something or get outdoors. Once you do that open your heart to receive. All you get is unconditional love in abundance and you’ll grow.