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Are You Following Your Heart?

September 21, 2010

In July, I wrote about my experience at Vista Caballo at the end of June, 2010. The weekend was documented by a videographer, and this past weekend I received a copy of my interview from Lisa, and I wanted to share it here.

I learned so much about myself during that weekend, and I believe that one of the positive outcomes of the experience was that it enhanced my conviction to do something positive about the situation down in the Gulf of Mexico. A month later, Spirit of the Gulf Coast was born and a team of incredibly passionate volunteers had formed around this central cause. It’s hard to describe how fulfilling this has all been for me. The connections that I’ve made during this amazing journey have opened my mind and my heart to new possibilities and new opportunities. Below is an excerpt from an email I received a few days ago from one of the people we met on our expedition:

“I was extremely touched by the true emotions from your team. I have not seen that from anyone else. It almost hurts to think of what is going on around us. I keep thinking about what you have taken on and I do hope all your sponsors, family, friends, co-workers understand the impact you are and will continue to make on this disaster. I am very proud of all of you. You will be blessed for all your hard work. I know so. Good things happen to good people. It’s the truth! I promise. I will continue to pray for you.”

I believe that I’ve been called to this work, and I continue to be amazed at the positive energy that surrounds me as I follow my heart. The experience at Vista Caballo helped me understand just how important that was to me, and I can’t imagine feeling any more fulfilled in the work I’m doing. Thanks for letting me share some of my journey with you.

I’m curious to hear from others who have taken a leap and ventured into the unknown based on a burning passion within. Is this you? Are you following your heart?

Disclaimer: Vista Caballo is a client, but I paid to be a part of this experience

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The Journey – part 2 (Vista Caballo)

July 6, 2010

Continuing from my earlier post, I wanted to describe the experience I had at Vista Caballo the weekend of June 25-28.  This was the inaugural ‘Horsewhisperer Experience’ at Vista Caballo, and was a different kind of immersion from the ongoing work that they are known for.  Disclaimer: Vista Caballo is a client of mine, but I did pay to be a part of this weekend.

Jess and Lisa at Vista CaballoThe weekend was a sort of bonding experience between 6 participants (of which I was 1), and the 4 incredible horses that are really the teachers.  We were fortunate to have renowned horse specialist, Bruce Logan as one of our guides, along with Lisa and Jess from Vista Caballo.  There were other, more personal and spiritual elements to the weekend that I won’t get into here, but if anyone is interested in hearing more about it, I would be happy to have a one-on-one conversation about it.

Primarily, my point of this entry is to convey what a huge impact the experience had on me.  I was with a group of 6 men that are all leaders in their own fields, and the things we learned during the course of the weekend are applicable to our personal lives and professional lives as leaders.  We learned how our presence and our energy had an impact on how the horses responded to us, which was of course a strong metaphor for how we have an impact in our daily lives with our interactions with others.  By approaching the horses with confidence and intention, we were able to alter how they behaved around us.  I personally learned quite a bit about boundaries, and realized quickly that I had none around the horses.  Simple changes in how I handled my personal space had profound effects on how the horses treated me.  It was incredible to be a part of this experience and see firsthand how these things work.

Brandon and Mikey at Vista CaballoOne of the horses, Mikey, has a troubled past and was going to be put down by the previous owners.  Fortunately, Lisa Dee found him and adopted him before that happened.  He was the least balanced of all the horses we interacted with, but he was an excellent teacher at the same time.  We were able to interact with Mikey apart from the rest of the herd, and what happened during that experience was nothing short of mind-blowing!  This horse did not want anything to do with any of us at first, and was very difficult to approach.  By the end of the afternoon, each of us were able to ‘catch’ him and even put the halter on him, which we never would have imagined at the start of the session.  I felt very connected to Mikey and had a hard time leaving him.  I appreciated the opportunity to help him feel positive energy from humans, and heal some of the emotional wounds from his past.

Below is an entry that I wrote in my journal the night that we worked with Mikey:

Today’s experience with Mikey was one that I will never forget and will always cherish.  I learned what the human heart was capable of – from a horse.  We were able to collectively heal the heart of a horse that has a traumatic past, and despite all the odds being stacked against us, we balanced the energy and together we brought peace to his world, and in effect, ours.  Speaking with Tom Blue Wolf earlier was similarly profound.  His words rang true for me and his message of hope was inspiring, but also urgent.  “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”  These are his words, as they are mine. The message and metaphor are clear to me – if we can bring balance and peace to a troubled horse, can we also bring balance and peace to our mother, Earth?  I believe this is the lesson we are here to learn.  All of us here on this journey truly are the ones we’ve been waiting for!  We must take our role as leaders seriously, and just as a dominant horse assumes leadership, so must we.  It is our destiny and our burden to bear.  Our time is now.  We must carry this message forward.

Mikey at Vista Caballo
This weekend had a profound impact on me, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this inaugural experience.  I’m excited to take the lessons that I learned and apply them to my life and my own journey.  If you are interested in learning more about my experience, feel free to reach out or post something in the comments.  Thanks for being here and letting me share my journey with you!

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