My work with Gypsy, one of the horses, is getting deeper and more nuanced quickly, even though we’ve only worked together a few times and we’re still doing very basic types of interactions and trainings. Here is some of the journal I’m keeping about it.
My main practice today with Gypsy was mimicking her stepping motions very closely, mirroring her two front legs with my legs, no matter what she did. I love subtle work like that, getting into the flow of communication and perception and dropping deeper and deeper into subtle sensitivity and movement. It’s one of my favorite feelings. It was a bit dangerous though; I fell in love with Gypsy. I had to stop at the end because it was becoming too intense. It’s helpful to see those dynamics happening so quickly in a way that sheds some light onto how and why they arise.
Day 4, 6/6/14
Since yesterday it seems that Gypsy and I have a much deeper and easier bond. I’m less afraid of her, less needy, and our connection seems much more natural. Our work today involved horse meditation again, learning to drop into a feeling of simplicity and connection he while standing beside her and then in front of her. Then we learned new skills, “getting” the horse stop and move backwards with one foot, and then turning in a circle. Each of these required stepping into a playful seriousness, an energetic firmness that said coming out from the body without equivocation saying: “here’s what we’re going to do.” I’ve become a little unpracticed in that powerful, directed energy. Oh it feels good.