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The Problem with Posture

The word posture roots in the word post. A fixed place. A post in the ground! It also means to ‘take up an artificial mental position.’

Words are obviously useful to help us understand our living condition but can also get in the way of the freedom we seek. We can and do react unconsciously to words in a way that is not helpful.

The word posture to me is horrible word that is commonly used to fix things like bad backs and positions on a horse, and that’s exactly what the word does – fixes things ie fastens securely in a place or position, which is the opposite of freedom and movement, poise and balance that is the most delicious and desirable state of being.

I definitely don’t want to be a posture, I want to be free to move, to flow, to change, to experience.

In truth everything is moving all the time, within and without! 

Our putting down of  posts into the ground from the first huts has developed a built environment that no longer reflects the rhythms of the world. We have flattened and straightened a wiggly world! Largely confined within straight walls and sitting on badly designed furniture it is easy to see how our ability to sense the subtlety of movement has diminished.

In order to cure ourselves of our lack of well being, our aching backs, shoulders and necks we have become posture fixated instead of learning how to move in a moving world – to move and experience the subtlety of our freedom. The kinaesthetic sense (our ability to sense movement) has been described as our forgotten sense. 

Simply sit or stand outside and watch for movement both within and without. We move in a moving world even when seemingly sitting or standing still! Everything moves all the time because we are alive and the natural world is alive.

So the question becomes am I alive to life not do I have good posture! 

My advice is dump the word posture from your vocabulary and trust that being alive, expanding your senses in all directions on this incredibly beautiful wonderful planet is truly all you need to keep you balanced and free and moving forward with long graceful springy movement, an open heart and a sense of awe… 

Develop your sense of movement awareness and see what happens…

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – W – Z

And lastly, W,X,Y,Z – and you may be asking why? I’m asking myself that too. Why have I spent two weeks writing an Encyclopaedia of Ease? I don’t really know, apart from the fact that I’ve enjoyed it and it’s made me smile a lot. Have you noticed how ease words are smiley words. They make you grin just saying them, and that has to be a good thing, as smiling is definitely easier. So to conclude this romp through the alphabet finding words that sound like ease…

W

Wishease – Make them and believe.

If Wishes Were Horses by Kirsten Harris
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Wannabease – Wannabewhat? Tell me what you want what you really really want.

Whoopsadaisease – You gotta be specific if you’re going to make wishease, wannabease. Be careful what you ask for, you might get it!

Wallabease – Lovely springy marsupials, much more interesting than wannabease.

Walkease – Walking thinking up with a spring in your step like the wonderful wallabease.

X

X’ease – Signing off with one or more X’s and spreading the love.

Y

Yesease – yes, yes, yes, a little nod at the top of the spine that can release the entire muscular skeletal system. (Put learning the Alexander Technique on your wish list. It’s worth it. Wishing to plant many more trees is on mine.)

Zzzzz – ease! – If you haven’t already fallen asleep reading this, then I wish you a good nights sleep tonight. Ease…..

Why not download Body Magic and learn to let go into even more ease. Or get in touch with me. Thank you for joining this ease journey with me. Hopefully it is a bit of fun for anyone who enjoys messing about with words. For now…

Forward and up

Love Kirsten xxx

Copyright Kirsten Harris 3 July 2019 www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk / www.kirstenharris.co.uk

Up, Up by Kirsten Harris
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The Encyclopaedia of Ease T-V

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Trees, Trees Trees Trees Trees – Tree planting is a no brainer way to ease ourselves out of the mess we have got the planet into. We need to plant millions of them! They are the guardians. I am doing my best to plant as many as I can through selling my artwork. It’s slow going but I am determined. I have ideas about how to involve other artists in tree planting projects that I am doing my best to initiate locally too. Planting as many trees as I can is my commitment for the rest of my life! Join me! If one self employed girl can, you can too!

To Earth We Return
by Kirsten Harris
Available as a black and white print.
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Tranquilitease – Feeling of peace and ease being in natural woodlands and native forests and knowing, by tree planting, that you are doing your bit to ease the burden mankind has put on planet earth the best way you know how.

Tendencease – Having growing tendencease towards planting and tending trees and wanting to encourage others to do the same. We must all find ways to give back instead of just taking!

U

Uniformitease – Not lines of boring sitka spruce trees please – they acidify the soil and do not support wildlife. Xmas trees are not good environmentally either. Plant hardwoods and find ways to plant a tree instead of cutting one down for your Christmasease.

Unitease – Trees hold the planet together, creating a unified field for us all to live, breathe and love in.

V

Vortexease – Feeling of satisfaction from having planted trees and knowing that by planting just one tree you have created an amazing environment that will support birds and insects and oxygenate the planet into the future.

Visionarease – Seeing in your mind’s eye what the trees will grown into in years to come, even though you may not be alive to appreciate them. This is forward and upward thinking at its best! Out of little acorns mighty oak trees grow.

Varietease – Planting a wide a variety of native trees.

Wishing to Plant Trees by Kirsten Harris –
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If you like my artwork why not buy a print, pack of cards or a painting and support my tree planting efforts. I am on a tree planting mission, can you tell?

A4 prints – £20/A3 prints – £30, plus postage. I have lots more art on my website too.

Thank you for reading. Forward and up Kirsten x

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Copyright Kirsten Harris 5th July 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – S

The Encyclopaedia of Ease – Finding ease in everyday words for the fun of it, and because is ease is easier…

Strategease – Not needing to have one, instead going with the flow and trusting your intuition.

Succesease – Finding pleaseure and happiness in everyday things.

Stupiditease – We are all stupid sometimes or as my dad used to say, apply the KISS principle – Keep it simple, stupid!

Simplicitease – Kiss it better.

Sketchease – Quick drawings that flow when you are not trying too hard.

Stressease – You can’t possibly be stressed if you have read the Encyclopaedia of Ease this far! But seriously, if you are, and many people are suffering from stress, then Alexander Technique, laughter and being in nature are the best things I have found for easing stress. Also being with animals, painting and chatting with a friend work for me. Lie in semi- supine, focus on your out breath and let go for a bit. There are downloads available on this website to assist you and lots of fabulous Alexander Teachers worldwide.

Sausagease – A word to say if you want to sound like Sean Connery, best said with a sh instead of an s, just like his name. Which leads us to Sean Connerease – a convention of Sean Connery lookalikes or laughter caused by attempting to speak like Sean Connery.

Synchornisitease – Aren’t they wonderful! You’ll probably see something to do with Sean Connery now.

Sensualitease – Deliciousness experienced in your entire being. Definitely gets heightened by having Alexander Technique lessons.

Sunglassease – Wear them!

Stabilitease – Realising it is a wobbly, wiggly world.

Socratease – The Encyclopaedia of Ease – it’s a logical philosophy to me!

Serendipitease – How fortunate we are to have all these new, accidental ease words.

Ease the day.

Forward and up, love Kirsten x

Copyright Kirsten Harris 4 July 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – R

The Encyclopaedia of Ease – finding ease in everyday words. Ease that you probably didn’t know was there. And now r… Roll your Rrrrrr’s in speech and movement.

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R – or ah, or argh! Variations of Alexander Technique ‘whispered ah!’ Very useful stress release is the whispered ah!

Radishease – Not everyone is going to like everything. Knowing there are differencease in peoples tastes and sensibilitease. Me, I like radishes.

Relishease – Really enjoying the things you like. Goes well with garnishease and flourishease!

Ridiculousnessease – Having a sense of the absurd, which means you are probably enjoying the Encyclopaedia of Ease.

Rosease – Stopping to smell them – balance can be found by simply paying attention to your sensease. Also irisease – looking and smelling. S’easy really! Birdease works well too – closing your eyes and listening to them chirping.

Richease – Appreciating nature.

Receptivitease – Allowing the flow of abundance. It is all around you.

Recipease – Easy, tasty, healthy ones that you can prepare in minutes.

Ramasease – How on earth did they build the pyramids?

Romancease – I love you!

Copyright Kirsten Harris 2 July 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease P-Q

The Encylopeadia of Ease – Messing about with words to find new ease meanings in everyday things, because ease is easier and who doesn’t want an easier life!? Today we are minding our P’s ‘n’ Q’s. There are all sorts of possibilitease with P, but I’m being a good girl and decided to mind mine and miss out a word that made me giggle in favour of proprietease.

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P’ease – Small green veggease, especially delicious when eaten straight from the pod. Also a giant relief if you’ve been bursting to go!

Pl’ease – and Thankyou! Important words that may cause offence if forgotten. (Offencease – remembering your P’s n Q’s and knowing the difference between right and wrong. For example, stealing is wrong!)

Princessease – No more pouting at camera taking selfease. Say Ch’ease and smile please!

Prioritease – Getting them right! Smile, be friendly, think forwards and upwards, care about all of the planet….

Productivitease – Enjoying what you do, then work is a pleasure. Also an easing of buying ridiculous unnecessary things made from or wrapped in plastic which although cheap are costing us our health, as productivity has become more important than the environment! (Economease please)

Promisease – Only making ones that you can keep and are not going to make you feel resentful. S’much easier to say no in the long run.

Pansease – and daisies as I forgot to do daisease in D. Wildflowers that you no longer see as weeds but allow to grow or encourage, as they are good for bees. Also Daisease are love predictors – ‘He loves me, He loves me not? She loves me, She loves me not? Oh, who cares! I love me, I love me not? I love me… self care.

Ponsease – Not thinking that someone is going to teach you ‘how to get rich quick’! Instead realising that all they are selling you is a ‘get rich quick’ model that they have bought from someone else and that there is no actual product, apart from their click bait, the aim of which is to ease cash out of your bank account into theirs, having convinced you that you have been doing everything wrong, and that paying them lots of money is the right way to make you richer! (Audacitease!) Choosing happinessease as a way to richease instead. Also remember the old sayings – there is no substitute for hard work, (especially when you enjoy it), spend less than you earn and the best things in life are FREE!

Philosophease – Ease the day! Ease up! Easy does it! Say Ch’ease!

Ponease – also horsease, gee g’ease, assease, donkease, jennease – I love them!

Feel by Kirsten Harris
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Phalangease – Feelings of spacious non doing qualitease moving through the hands and fingers to allow and direct the energy of your heart and the integrity of your whole self, to move your world in a forward and upward direction creating more ease, flow and harmonease. An excellent skill to develop. Improves sesitivitease especially when putting hands on someone, painting, riding, handling animals, playing music and everything else you do too. Train to be an Alexander Technique teacher to find out more about the possiblitease of your extraordinary intelligent phalangease!

Pinkease – Scots word for your little fingers. (pinkies)

Psychologease – Thinking and directing loving thoughts and being nice to yourself and others. (Simplicitease!)

Plasticitease – Moving through life avoiding using plastic as much as possible. Also knowing you live in a mobile and bendy body with a big brain flowing through it. A body which will compress and slump under pressure, which in turn will effect your psychologease and emotionalitease, but knowing you can think to change this – Neuroplaticitease. Understanding that you have an underlying ‘physcho-physical unity’ in Alexander Techease jargonease and that it is well worth learning this enlightening principle of ease. The Daily Ease recommends having a series of Alexander Technique lessons for more ease in everything. S’wonderful!

Principalitease – Finding ease principles that work. Living with a principled state of mind.

Pompositease – Knowing that life is not a case of ‘I am right you are wrong’ but more one of developing flow, understanding and ways of working together by for example, listening more, thinking more and being more creative, so as a population we can be more caring. Being pompous alienates. Hunanitease with humilitiease required.

Philanthropease – Finding pleasure in doing nice things with no expectation of reward. Being more giving.

Puppease – A wonderful feeling of softness in the eyes when you see puppease and kittease. Ahhh puppease!

If Wishes Were Doggies
by Kirsten Harris
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Q

Quicknessease – Slowing down and discovering this is in fact faster, easier and less stressful. Loving being the tortoise as opposed to the hare. (Harease – a name for furry creatures you brush regularly)

Qualitease – We’ve all got them. Allowing the good ones to emerge and seeing them in others too.

Enjoy easing your day

Love Kirsten x

Copyright Kirsten Harris, 1st July 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – N-O

The Encyclopaedia of Ease – finding ease in existing words ‘psoas’ not to get bored! So now these two letters – N and O, very useful when used together for creating claritiease and boundarease. No is a small word, easy to pronounce but sometimes quite difficult to say and may require repeated practicease. No? Also the second movement of the spine.

N

Nastease – Being kind. Kindness is much underrated in societease, methinks. Be kind to each other, animals and nature.

Nicetease – Niceness, also underrated with wonderful qualitease. There’s a lovely feeling of ease being with nice people. Nicetease are the little things that make the world a better, easier place to live in, such as smiling and saying please, thank you, well done and other politenessease. Also old-fashionednessease such as having cups and saucers and setting the table to sitting down to eat.

Negativitease – There is a positive and negative charge in everything. Is your cup half full or half empty?

Nonsensencease – Getting to the end of this Encyclopaedia of Ease!

Newbease – Being new to the Alexander Technique and wondering what all the fuss is about!

Necessitease – Not running out of loo roll.

O

Opporunitease – Seeing ease is are all around you and learning to line up with it.

Orangease – Not wearing fake tan.

Officease – Sitting in balance at the computer.

Odditease – Knowing that you probably are one and not caring.

Oasease – Lying in semi-supine aka constructive rest and discovering an oasis of calm, tranquility, peace and loveliness waiting for you. Blissease beyond Blissease!

Easing the Old Body by Kirsten Harris
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Onenessease – A state of balanced poise.

Ostrichease – Wonderful long free neck.

Ostriches by Kirsten Harris
Oil on Canvas

Copyright Kirsten Harris 30 June 2019

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The Encylopaedia of Ease I – K

I

Idiocease – ‘Aha’ moments, when you realise you’ve been making things hard for yourself. Often accompanied by insights which cause the hand to be held to the forehead and the making of strange noises such as ‘Doh!’

Ignoramusease – ‘Dah!’ Finally the penny has dropped.

Inheritancease – Letting go of family habits and learnt behaviours that you didn’t know you had which keep you stuck in the past.

Intolerancease – Being much easier to live with! Phew!

Indulgensease – Being tolerant of the strange foibles, idiosynchrosease and quirks of your fellow two-legged’s.

J

Jollease – Fun times in the easy company of jolly friends.

Jammease – Comfy night garments that give you a warm cosy feeling. The Daily Ease recommends allowing yourself a jammease day now and then – never really get properly dressed and instead devote the day to easing, stretching and then more easing and resting. S’very nice!

Jurease – Ease of tendencease to be judge and jury to yourself and/or others.

Jumblease – Joy from finding brilliant things in charity shops, thrift stores and jumble sales. Treasures that make your day. Or giving your unwanted stuff to the above for other people to find and make their day. Yay! Finding creative ways of recycling all the unwanted stuff in the world rather than taking it to landfill.

Junkease – Letting go of your shit and freeing yourself from addictive or habitual thinking or behaviours. Also includes clutter clearing and not poisoning the environment.

Jargonease – Saying things in simple ways so people know what the bleep you’re talking about. Alternatively making up your own ‘ease’ jargon and writing an Encyclopaedia of Ease because it makes you smile.

Jobease – Not being stressed by a crappy job!

K

Kitteasse also Pussease and Moggease – small felines who are taking over the internet.

‘Dah!’ by Kirsten Harris
Oil on Canvas

Kiddease – Enlightened schools that teach children the Alexander Technique. Kiddease are very wise beings.

Kinkease – Thrilling feeling of length and width after Alexander Technique ease strategease. A behaviour of humanoids liked by kittease and doggease, who will want to lie on top of you when you kinkease, as you grow in sensitivitease and cuddliness.

Kissease – preferably not slobbery!

Kindnessease – Really lovely things people do that make your heart melt and give you a warm gooey hopeful feeling accompanied with the thought that people are actually really, really nice.

Knease – Ease in both knees. Knees forwards and away – now get me out of here!

Forward and Up! Love Kirsten xxxx

More of the Encyclopaedia of Ease coming soon. Why not subscribe to my blog and learn your A,B,C’ease!

Ease the day and have a good one whatever you are doing.

Copyright Kirsten Harris 26 June 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease E – H

Part 2 of the Encyclopaedia of Ease. My easy peasy lemon squeasy encyclopaedia for an easier life! Written for anyone who likes messing about with words, Alexander Technique, meditation, law of attraction, mindfulness, the power of the mind and all sorts of brilliant stuff and nonsensease that make the world a better place. The Encyclopaedia of Ease for an easier way to be in a world full of complexitease and difficultease …

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Ease – Absence of difficulty or effort. Make something unpleasant or intense less serious or severe (actual dictionary definitions)

Ex’ease – Realising you have had a lucky escape and letting go with love!

Effigease – Things to make to stick pins into if you can’t manage to transcend ex’ease!

Eventualitease – This too shall pass

Ecologease – Realising that making eco choices are easier than expected and good for the planet too

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Flopease – Letting go whilst sitting on a chair to release back, breathing, stress etc. If you have a dog it will probably want to lick your face at the same time. Yuk!

How to be a Flop by Kirsten Harris
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Fattease – Being comfortable in your own body and nice to yourself right now, whatever shape or size you come in. Also skinnease. The Alexander Technique words ‘I let my neck be free’ can help develop self love and self care. Try out the words ‘I like myself’ for size too.

Fairease – Keeping the enchantment of childhood alive throughout your life. Seeing the light and magic in all things…

Seed Spirits by Kirsten Harris
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Familiease – Letting the people we are related to do their own thing without habitual reactions rooted in childhood getting in the way. Knowing we can always find familease in the form of buddease!

Zoned and Boned by Kirsten Harris
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Me and Maise easing out in semi supine. Best of buddies.

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Generalatease – learning to avoid them!

Girlease – a group of women getting the hysterical giggles to the point of wetting their pantease about things that only girls would find funny!

Gravitease – learning to think up! Find Alexander Techease, they will teach you how!

Slump by Kirsten Harris
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Grumpease – having a good rant and feeling much better!

Greedease – Something we must all learn to do! We are all taking far too much from Mother Earth and not giving enough back. PLEASE Ease!

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Hippease – Having juicy free mobile hips. Hip hip hooray. Also easy going people, often with long unkempt hair and a good attitude to life.

Horsease – a state of utter bliss aroused from being with, near or on horses, ponease and g g’ease! Smelling horses invokes this pleasure state too.

If Wishes Were Horses by Kirsten Harris
Black and White Print Available
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Hippocratease – Taking a bit of responsibility for your self by seeing disease as a lack of ease, and letting go of stress, tension and holding etc as one possible cure and a potential medicine, also stressease!

Herculease – Owning your unique and wonderful gifts, power and strengths! Being your true self. Also knowing you don’t need to be strong or the strong one all the time.

Hankease – Your mother was right, take one with you! Also solves the problem of finding a present for men! Useful if you get the gigglies with the girlies too.

More Encyclopaedia of Ease Coming Soon. Why not join my mailing list, The Daily Ease…

copyright Kirsten Harris, 25/6/2019

Part 1 here

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The Happiness of Grass


I have been thinking a lot about grass! As you do! Under a powerful microscope grass looks like it is smiling. Grass is amazing stuff. Grass is happy and it sure has tenacity. No matter how trampled and muddy, parched and burnt or just plain sad and worn out it looks grass finds a way to go up to the light and just keeps on growing. It recovers and rejuvenates when sometimes you think it is just not possible. Grass is definitely optimistic! 

And of course ponies love grass and that’s another lesson. Too much grass and its richness will make a horse sick, too little and the horse will die. 

Grass is a great symbol and reminder to be balanced in what we take from the planet. Grass will happily give and give and give, but don’t take too much or the earth will be sick and so will we. We need to be balanced. We need to pay attention. In my mind grass holds the earth together. 

And is the grass always greener on the other side? 

Grass doesn’t seem to worry about where it grows, it just grows happily everywhere and anywhere, it really isn’t judgemental and is very forgiving. A little bit of nourishment from Mother Earth, light and water and up it goes. Just like us…

So my drawing is in hope of the continued happiness of grass and to the joys of lying on the grass on a sunny summer day in constructive rest! 

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Prayer to my Horse

PRAYER TO MY HORSE by Kirsten Harris 

My horse, I am honoured by your presence and stand in awe before your divine beauty 

May I be worthy of your trust

May I have sensitive wisdom to understand your language, so I may dance the dance of life with you

May I have hands that do you no harm

May I be a leader of graceful courage and clarity when you need me to have direction 

May I grow in awareness and feel so I may learn to harmonise with your flow 

May I be open to hear the lessons you bring 

May you forgive my mistakes

May I be present to your timelessness and make time for your presence

May I have the discipline to be balanced

May I be patient, calm and kind

May our breaths embrace the elements and seasons as we travel the distance together

May I learn to remember how we are all connected on our beautiful planet

May our bodies grow old together, healthily and happily

May I be a fearless guardian of the earth so you may always have a home

May we both be free to experience the powerful intelligence of our peaceful wholeness together in harmony, friendship and love

May my heart be open to the Universal Love that is you, my horse

May my spirit by open to the Great Mystery that is you, my horse

May my mind be open to deep space so I may experience the Great Awareness that is you, my horse

My horse thank you for Being Present, I love you. 

Illustration IN NATURE WE FIND OURSELVES. This and other horse prints and original artworks are available on my website 
www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk

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The Perfect Circle – A Lesson from Art History to Apply to Riding

Four Winds Medicine Wheel. Print available at www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk

In his book Lives of the Artists, Georgio Vasari (1511 – 1574) recounts a story about the artist Giotto (1267 – 1337). He tells how the Pope was commissioning art and sent messengers throughout Italy to bring back samples or artist’s work. When the messenger visited Giotto’s studio, Giotto took a brush and keeping his arm close to his side painted a perfect circle in red paint with one brush stroke. The messenger thought he was being made a fool of. However when he recounted the ease with which Giotto had painted the perfect circle the Pope commissioned Giotto, recognising mastery. 

Whilst teaching in Japan, I took lessons in Japanese brush painting. One of the tasks my teacher had me repeat many times was to paint the Enso, the Zen Circle. The circle is painted as one brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. It is a training in one’s ability to be whole in the present moment. The quality of the circle is altered by the quality of one’s presence. 

If you are a rider I would like to challenge you to pick up a brush and paint a circle. Can you paint a circle freely and with ease? I would suggest that the circles that you ride (if you ride circles) will reveal themselves to you in the circle you paint! 

Circles symbolise wholeness, infinity, eternity, time and timelessness, movement, the rhythm of life, unity, harmony, relationships, breath, Earth and our being in the Universe, connection…

By riding circles we have a way to connect to a wholeness within ourselves and our horse (or not!)

Why not give yourself and your horse a break for a bit to train your mind. If you cannot think or paint a perfect circle I don’t think it is possible to ride a perfect one! What do your circles look like? Practise painting circles with both hands. 

Good luck!

I am practicing my Zen circles…

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In Our Hands

(I shared this originally as a facebook post on my art page Kirsten Harris Art. I wanted to write something to go with the drawing and to write from my heart about horses. I thought I should post as a blog here. I hope you enjoy it. )


‘In Our Hands’ by Kirsten Harris

5 Thoughts – 
1. Our hands have immense sensitivity. Can you let your hands be neutral? Do your hands know how to listen to follow your horse or do they control and bully? Do you use your hands to pull at your horse’s sensitive mouth and head? Or do you allow the energy of your heart-brain and the elasticity of your body to move through your hands into a flow of union and connection? 

2. Can you sit in balance on a chair, easily for a prolonged period of time without discomfort? If not, learn to do so before you sit on a horse. You are only bringing your inbalances to your riding and teaching your horse tension otherwise. You will create imbalances. Find your own poise first and then you will find the poise of your horse. It’s magical when it happens and totally worth the work on your self.

3. Horses are teachers for our heart and soul. We have much to learn from them. If you feel anger, frustration or ego around your horse walk away. Take wise counsel, breathe, let go. A horse is not a sponge for your unprocessed stuff. Negative thoughts and emotions do not belong around your horse

4. Be patient and learn to be at ease with yourself. Meditate. Listen. Let go. Horses will teach you about timelessness, unity, flow, courage, the divine, non verbal communication, boundaries, energy… Horses will teach you how to think into the vastness of the universe and the great mysteries. Be patient with yourself and your horse. Learn to get out of your own way to allow the door of knowledge to open. There is plenty of time. It is all you have. Enjoy the process. 

5. It is OK to feel fear. You and your horse are both flight animals. It is not OK to take your fear out on your horse. Let your heart be open and soft. Love your horse with all your heart. Let your ego dissolve so you are pure around your horse. Be a child of wonder and awe in his presence. Be fully present. Enjoy what you are learning and experiencing right now. Don’t compare your journey with your horse with that of other peoples. The journey of ‘should’ and ‘ought’ will only get in your way. You and your horse are both unique and marvellous. Your horse is an honest loving mirror into your essence, your soul in space right now if you dare to peek. Do you love what you see? 

Written and drawn with love
Kx

copyright Kirsten Harris 
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A Flicker of Light – Playing Horse and Rider

The Magic Stop, Drawing by Kirsten Harris

 

We were a group of horse women here in Scotland, just starting to play a teaching ‘game’ I call ‘Horse and Rider,’ when one of the participants said, ‘Yes, I can feel a flicker of light.’ I love the expression and I think it is the basis of why I am so passionate when I teach Alexander Technique to horse riders. 

 

When we ride we are communicating our light to our horses – that light is our thinking, transformed into ‘feel’ and a direct line of clear communication that allows our horses to be light, free, forward, balanced under us and with us. We can learn to be thinking riders when we know how. I believe Alexander Technique brings clarity to the how. The flicker of light turns into a clear beam of communication and direction over time. 

 

Experiencing our hands-on communication with the Alexander Technique we can get very much clearer understanding as to what we are actually communicating to our horses. The results are surprising, illuminating and engaging. Riders start to realise the need for clear direction. Wooly vague thought, ego, frustration, trying too hard or asking too much at the wrong time in the wrong way is confusing to the horse who really is listening to what you are thinking right now. You may think you are asking clearly, but are you? 

 

When I teach in this way one person is the horse and the other the rider. The horse now has human words to communicate what is being experienced to the rider.

 

One woman said ‘I am loving being the horse. I am thinking – oh really, you want me to do that? OK, it’s not going to work, but here you are… ‘ She found the lack of clarity from the rider full of humour. Does this sound familiar? Have you ever felt your horse is making fun of you? Maybe you can stay good humoured as a rider, but maybe you get frustrated or worse. Our lack of awareness can be disastrous for the horse and you too!

 

Our horses communicate with us all the time but are we really listening to what they are saying?  Maybe your horse isn’t being stubborn or stupid or can’t do it. Maybe he is more than willing and capable but really unsure as to what you are saying. 

 

Honest open feedback is a requirement from players of this ‘game’. It is fun, informative and very surprising when you start to realise the brilliance of your own thinking moment to moment and how loud and clear your thoughts are beaming to your wonderful sensitive intelligent horse. 

 

Interested? 

Courses available by arrangement

 

www.kirstenharris.co.uk 

 

Media downloads here 

Walking with Your Horse

Breathe

Body Magic 

www.kirstenharris.co.uk 

www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk – Horse Prints

 

 

The Magic Stop by Kirsten Harris

 

Feel by Kirsten Harris

The Journey by Kirsten Harris

Trust by Kirsten Harris

In Nature We Find Ourselves by Kirsten Harris

The Guardians by Kirsten Harris

If Wishes Were Horses by Kirsten Harris

 

Black and White hand signed prints available at www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk

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To Earth We Return

To Earth We Return by Kirsten Harris

 

It takes a long time for a tree to grow, but only a short time to chop one down!

A friend from India told me that in her culture when a tree is chopped down 6 more are planted. How very wise.

 

  • A good thought is like a seed planted… ‘I let my neck be free’
  • Trust is the earth in which it grows… ‘So my head can release in a forwards & upwards direction’
  • Time works it’s magic … ‘In such a way as my back lengthens and widens’
  • We are the guardians … ‘Allowing widening across my upper arms, knees forwards and away…’

 

Feet on the ground, head in the air, heart open

 

A local farmer said to me the other day –

‘To farm well we must treat the land as though it is ours forever, even though I will only be custodian to it for a short time, I must act now for the future and look after this land.’

 

Last summer I painted huge canvases about dream seeding, painting outside in my garden, watching planes fly overhead wondering ‘Where are you going, why are you going? How could leave such beauty in search for something else?’

 

We seem to be a culture obsessed with time, time is money, hurry up, rush rush, no time right now, time for a holiday, bucket list, gotta go, what’s the time? I’m late!

 

I worry about the future of our planet when everyone is in such a hurry, consuming at high speed. How much plastic gets used on just one flight, let alone fuel? Our ancestors did not leave a horrible messy footprint on the planet, this is our recent legacy.

 

I resolved last summer to keep upping my game to the best of my ability to plant trees. Habitats for creatures, lungs for all, to earth we return …

 

So I continue to make art to plant woodlands, turning pieces of paper back into trees. That is a kind of alchemy, a desire to create magic, one artists attempt to give back to the earth.

 

www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk – Prints available

www.kirstenharris.co.uk – Alexander Technique

Body Magic – download

Breathe – download

Walking With Your Horse – download

 

Link to Messages from Trees blog here

 

The Guardians by Kirsten Harris

 

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Where’s Your Birdie?

Where’s your Birdie?

 

This is the question I am going into the New Year with!

 

No, I haven’t suddenly landed in an episode of Wacky Races with Dastardly and Muttley trying to ‘catch the pigeon’ nor have I lost my cockatiel, (long since dead much loved rescue bird, Custard). The birdie is metaphor for attention, spirit, direction, focus …

‘Forward and Up’, Cartoon by Kirsten Harris

 

Years ago I attended a lecture and then read about a wonderful horsemanship theory called Birdie Theory, by Dr Deb Bennet. The concept is that the birdie is the horses attention, and that it is an extremely good idea to know where the horses birdie is at all times. For example a horse that is unwilling to go forward may have left his birdie back in the stable and you may have to go and retrieve it, or equally a horses birdie can fly miles away, his attention caught by something in the distance. Where the horses birdie is, is where his body will want to go. Does this sound Alexander Technique familiar?

 

The birdie is attached by a ‘golden thread’, and you do not want to snap the thread. That is then cruelty.  Your job is to be aware and understand how to connect with the inside of the horse, moment by moment and get his birdie with you. A job in the ongoing present. Patience is required.

 

‘Good Boy’ Cartoon by Kirsten Harris

 

I started thinking about Birdie Theory in relationship to a friend with a family member with mental health problems the other day, wondering if this concept might be of help.

 

But then it struck me that it would also be useful for me to reconnect with my birdie as the year comes to an end and consider where my birdie is.  Have I caged it in any way? Am I clipping my birdie’s wings? Am I losing my birdie at times? Or abandoning it? Where does my birdie want to fly into the new year? How high does my birdie want to fly? How far? Does my birdie need a bit of attention? …

 

‘Believe in Yourself!’ Cartoon by Kirsten Harris

 

Thinking of a birdie leading the way forwards and upwards into he flow of life feels like a really helpful concept for me to see my New Year’s Intentions as not so much a ‘to do’ or ‘to achieve’ list but more as New Year Attentions – a reconnection and renewal of where my spirit is going to be in 2019.

 

And now searching for an image for this blog I realise a bird had been appearing in lots of drawings over the past few years and that I feel inspired to develop this birdie character in my artwork too into the new year. My birdie is happy finding a birdie! Where’s your birdie?

 

Hope this is helpful and wishing you a very happy new year

 

With love

Kirsten

 

LINKS

www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk – artwork, prints, cards

www.kirstenharris.co.uk – Alexander Technique and Horsemanship  – Walking with Your Horse Lessons in Alexander Technique 

 

Air Bourne by Kirsten Harris

Oil on Canvas

100 x 150 cms

 

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Horse

Horses are light on their feet … light beings  … graceful creatures.

Here are two beautiful anonymous quotes about horses –

 

‘To Ride a Horse is to Ride the Sky’

 

and an American Indian Proverb

 

‘The horses are mystery beings’

 

Anyone who has ever ridden or owned a horse will know that horses are amazing teachers. They reveal to us our habits, fears and imbalances and show us how they can read our minds and feel our thinking.  They are trusting, forgiving and understanding and teach us to experience the world lightly and feel deeply.

 

This drawing is a visual reminder to riders to take the time to think as lightly as a dandelion clock when you are with your horse, letting your thoughts float forward and up on the breeze so your body can follow. In turn your horses will follow and he will give you his lightness. He will show you how to float. He will give you his back and his mind.

 

It will take you practise and awareness to keep letting your thoughts float in the breeze and is a totally worthwhile ongoing lesson in thinking that will develop you connection with your horse. Of course it is not the whole picture but it is a major key to the whole picture.

 

How do I know this?

Not because I am the worlds greatest rider, but because I understand Alexander’s discoveries and have applied and taught the work to my riding and teaching others on their horses for a long time.

 

So why the title the unbearable lightness of being a horse?

I can’t help but feel it must be somewhat unbearable for sensitive horses who can feel a fly on their flanks to have us ride them when our energy is heavy, our thinking mundane and our bodies pulled down. It is testament to how wonderful they are that they put up with it!

 

When you understand how your anatomy and thinking work together on and with your horse, change occurs, instantly and easily. It is not rocket science! Or maybe it is?! Your horse is showing you every day what you are doing, and how you are. Being interested in how you are getting in the way of your horses lightness,  is perhaps being the rocket scientist or an alchemist, certainly an experimenter … entering the world of the mystery being.

 

‘The wind of Heaven is that which blows between the horses ears.

Arabian Proverb

 

Learning about the Alexander Technique discoveries is not so much about getting it right, but more getting interested and aware in how we are doing altogether. This opens our minds, changes our thinking and lets something else happens … something mysterious and light. We can’t change and stay the same, we have to enter the mysterious and the unknown to experience something different, which includes developing our connection with our horses.

 

Alexander Technique is a great thing to learn to illuminate the way. Riders are great people to learn Alexander’s discoveries as they are so linked to horsemanship and riders are, on the whole, motivated in wanting to make life as good as possible for their horses, as custodians of these mystery beings!

 

If you want to know more Alexander Technique why not check out the media download on my website here   – Walking with your Horse, Lessons in the Alexander Technique

 

For more horsy cartoons (commissions undertaken for birthday pressies etc) here is a link to my website www.kirstenharrisart.com.

 

Lessons and workshops by arrangement. I am based in central Scotland.

 

 

 

 

And if you like my Alexander Technique inspired drawings check out my colouring book.

The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods Here

I had a lot of fun making it.

 

 

 

 

 

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101 Life Lessons from My Dog – Part 2 (66 – 101)

66. Dogs are keenly aware if something different is going to happen … Putting shoes on to go out is a very exciting life event!

 

67. Watching the behaviours of others is interesting and gives insight! Your dog is watching you!

 

68. Think ahead! Forward planning can make life a lot easier. A dog won’t necessarily be caught just because that is what you want this very minute.

 

69. Give praise quickly. If it is a no, it is a no, if it is a yes, be quick with the praise too. Yes is the goal. Your no supports your yes! It’s anatomical!

 

70. Dogs can anticipate your next action. Maisie my Cockerpoo, puts the ball where she thinks I am going next, she is invariably correct. My dog is mind reading me!

 

71. Dogs are very good human trainers!

 

72. Let sleeping dogs lie. There is truth in old wisdom. It gives you peace.

 

73. Dogs understand body language.

 

74. Dogs love it when you rest your hand on them and think into the back of it. Bliss! Alexander Technique non doing ‘hands on’ are an excellent and effective way for calming down a manic, crazy dog … over time!

 

75. Who cares about the weather when you can go OUTSIDE!

 

76. Get more Grrrrrr …. stronger boundaries and grrrreater passion for life! Anger and hyper energy can be very useful!

 

77. Passion and obsession are not so different! …. Really keep your eye on your favourite ball!

 

78. If one person doesn’t want to play with you, don’t worry! Someone else will play with you.

 

79. Dogs bring energy and enthusiasm into the room. Whoo hoo! Live life with energy and enthusiasm.

 

80. Chasing a dog that doesn’t want to be caught is a waste of time!

 

81. If it is not working with the dog do something else, be creative … Creativity keeps life interesting.

 

82. Not everyone loves your dog. But all that matters is that you do. Trust your own judgement. Trust your own love! Everyone deserves love!

 

83. Some dogs are messier than other. It is just who they are. They are not trying to mess up your life on purpose!

 

84. Not all dogs want to be fawned over, some dogs just like their own space. Free choice! Don’t take it personally!

 

85. ‘Some dogs mothers are bigger than other dogs mothers!’ (misquoted from The Smiths). We are all different … YAY!

 

86. No matter how small you are or think you are, you are important! You are allowed to take up your space.

 

87. People really don’t like being barked at!

 

88. There are different kinds of bark. Use your bark only in the case of emergency when you really need to get someones attention.

 

89. Dogs have an opinion too. Allow others their opinion. You don’t have to agree.

 

90. People are wonderful and to be greeted with enthusiasm. Most people will respond back accordingly. The odd one won’t. Don’t take it personally, it is their problem not yours!

 

91. You don’t need words to communicate love.

 

92. Be kind! Kindness will be rewarded with loyalty and companionship.

 

93. Dogs don’t take your grumpy mood personally. Don’t take things personally.

 

94. What is your stuff is your stuff, what is their stuff is their stuff.

 

95. Dogs know how to give you space if you are in a bad mood and will go find somewhere to hang out in their own happy space. Give people space if they need it.

 

96. Find the warmest and most comfortable place to lie down and let go completely.

 

97. Take the ‘plunge’ – even if you have never tried to ‘swim’ before you might like it. And if not, the shore is not far away.

 

98. Innocent but slightly eccentric behaviour can be misinterpreted badly. Be your quirky unique self even if people do misunderstand you. Don’t stop doing what makes you happy just because folk don’t get it!

(My dog likes to tickle her inside leg on the shoe of anyone sitting cross legged. This involves lifting her leg as though she were a male dog about to pee. Maisie is doing her ballet moves for fun!)

 

99. Dogs change your perception of life … A lone man walking a dog on a path is a man taking his dog for a walk. A man walking alone on a path is a potential threat! (sorry guys!)

 

100. Dogs love to meet and greet. Dogs bring people together. Strangers will talk to a dog where they might be shy to talk to you.

 

101. Everyday is a new opportunity to enjoy chasing and catching the ball! People will start buying balls if they know there is passion, and come to visit just in order to share your passion with you!

 

My Motto after two and half years with a highly intelligent, hyperactive Cockerpoo affectionally known as Crazy Maisie is – ‘Be More Maisie!’

 

Animals can teach us daft humans a whole lot of life lessons …

 

 

 

 

Part 1 below ..

 

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101 Life Lessons from my Dog – Copyright Kirsten Harris 2017

 

 

65 Life Lessons from My Dog

 

 

 

 

 

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Horse Ease – Geeks, Gals and Gee Gee’s

I am in heaven …

 

I am teaching Horse Ease – Lessons in the Alexander Technique to a group of gals who are passionate about horses and self knowledge.

 

Last night in our class I confessed to being a co-ordination geek!

By understanding how the anatomy of ‘me’ coordinates we become better riders. I am passionate about sharing this anatomical geekiness as our gee-gees love it when we are balanced and co-ordinated on their backs. We expect them to be balanced, are we?

 

I found myself in geek heaven as these amazing woman it turns out are also geeks. Willing to look deep inside at their own every day lives, habits and thinking patterns and see how these might effect their horses for better or for worse.

 

Last night we analysed two words – forward and stopping.

These are both horsy and Alexander Technique words.

What do these words mean to you?

 

Forward – Is it a conscious flowing easy dynamic direction for you or are you tipping forward, rushing forward?

Forward is a ‘power’ word in Alexander Technique.  Think in terms of finding your own horse power, your own dynamic poise and you are on the right tracks.

if you are interested in being a more skilful rider it is essential that you understand this word in depth. (I highly recommend you find an AT teacher!)

Is your horse balanced or on the forehand?

Is your horse barging forward or not going forward enough?

Are you scared to move forward on your horse? In life?

Are you rushing forward thinking about the future all the time, stuck and frustrated in your own habits or do you have a reliable co-ordination plan for working on yourself?

Do you rush forward in life paying little or no attention to how you get there or do you pay attention to your everyday movement knowing that it will effect your horse when you get on?

 

As we deeply analysed and experimented with the word forward the level of honesty and connection that the gals were making started to profoundly change their balance right there in front of my eyes. Aha moments and insight into how their way of going in life was mirrored in their riding.

 

Stopping – Is stopping (the halt)  a non thing to you, boring or just what you do when you are tired or is it active dynamic balance?
Is a stop constructive balance or just a chance to give the horse a break until you do something again?

Do you know how to find active dynamic balance in the stop?

Are you aware that movement is always present even when we are seemingly still?

Your body dangling freely under your head in active balance is an invitation for your horse to balance under you … Is stopping interesting to you? When we go deeply into the dynamic stop we find so much information and feedback. It becomes a conversation that your horse is willing to participate in.

 

A few thoughts for you to mull over …I hope it is helpful.

 

Forward and Up!

Kirsten

 

LINKS –

More on finding forward flow on your horse –  ‘Walking with you Horse’ media download on Alexander Technique and horsemanship click

 

More on Stopping – To find out more about Alexander Technique constructive dynamic rest click the link for ‘Body Magic’ here

 

 

 

 

 

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65 Life Lessons from My Dog

65 Life Lessons from My Dog

by Kirsten Harris

 

1. Have a good stretch and yawn first thing in the morning. It feels great.

 

2. If there is a human being about lie on your back and get your tummy tickled. Tickling is happy.

 

3. Morning grooming sessions make you feel good for the day. Nobody likes a smelly dog.

Especially look after your feet. You can’t walk without them.

 

5. Eat your food with gusto and pure pleasure.

 

6. Drink plenty of water.

 

7. Be totally delighted to see your friends. Greet them with enthusiasm and joy.

 

8. Be fascinated by the sights, sounds and smells around you. The best things in life really are free.

 

9. Playing or going for a walk with someone is better than on your own. Run for Fun.

 

10. If you need to howl. Do it!

 

11. Smile and wag your tail a lot, it will keep your back free. Dance like a dog everyday.

 

12. It is OK to have a snooze in the day time. Dogs loves it when you lie on the floor. Be more dog and rest inbetween activity. It’s good for your back.

 

13. Get some training. Practise makes perfect. Being skilled is pure pleasure for you and the people around you.

 

14. It is possible to be totally relaxed and alert at the same time. Alexander Technique’s constructive rest (semi-supine) is the human equivalent of your dog sleeping with one eye open.

 

15. Worry Less. Muddy floors can be cleaned. Enjoy getting muddy feet in the first place.

 

16. Dont compare yourself with the other bitches! Be accepting.

 

17. It feels good to give and get strokes from others. Give and receive praise.

 

18. Make yourself pant breathlessly from having fun in the world at least once a day.

 

19. ‘NO!’  is a really important word. Use it.

 

20. Go outside several times a day to refresh yourself.

 

21 Have boundaries. Your space is your space, protect it from invaders.

 

22. Don’t pick fights. Stand up for yourself if necessary. Don’t cower, but exiting fast or going around something to avoid confrontation is often the best strategy. Fighting doesn’t occur if you know how to look after yourself.

 

23. Commitment brings joy.

 

24. Trust your instincts.

 

25. Everyday is an adventure. Going on trips is an adventure. Trust the unknown. Dogs never know what you have planned.

 

26. Ball games are fun.

 

27. Have a sense of humour and be a bit naughty sometimes.

 

28. Bugs, flies, moths and bees are fascinating.

 

29. Staying a dancing hands length away from being captured is a good game.

 

30. Have your own space, where you find peace and ease.

 

31. Sofas are great but sometimes it really is more comfortable to lie on the floor. Rolling around on the floor is really really good too.

 

32.  Different dogs have different energy levels and personalities. They are all loveable. Accept yourself.

 

33. Develop your listening skills.

 

34. Sitting at someone else’s feet is a mark of respect.

 

35 Be aware.

 

36. A little treat for a job well done makes life flow and brings happiness and joy.

 

37. Keep a little treat ‘up your sleeve’ at all times, you never know when you might need a reward.

 

38 Be loyal and honest. Dogs don’t lie.

 

39 A good companion and friend is the best thing in the world.

 

40. Walking everyday keeps you in good shape.

 

41. Some humans make better leaders than others and get more respect.

 

42. Slippers are great.

 

43. Toys that squeak must be destroyed as fast as possible.

 

44 It is important to respect cows, sheep and horses, but it is OK to chase crows out of the garden.

 

45 Some ‘cats’ are weird and need assessing before approaching.

 

46. Humans are a bit slow and clumsy but are generally nice and like to be loved

 

47. Humans that spend too long on the computer are boring and missing out on great opportunities for adventures and walks.

 

48. Humans don’t like arse licking.

 

49 Don’t chase cars.

 

50. Always look for the most comfortable place to sit. Sit nicely.

 

51 Find a favourite relaxation spot outside to watch the world go by.

 

52. Dogs are happy when you are happy. Be happy

 

53 The countryside is freer than the city.

 

54. You can communicate with everyone, even if you don’t speak the same language. Be friendly to strangers.

 

55. Don’t hurt people. People don’t like being bitten.

 

56. Don’t steal other people’s stuff. Slippers are fair game!

 

57. Trust people unless they hurt you. Then refuse to go near them.

 

58. Breathe out deeply with contented pleasure when letting go into rest.

 

59. Explore your surroundings with new eyes and enthusiasm everyday. It is full of wonder and delight.

 

60. Respect the environment. Don’t ‘shit’ in someone else’s paradise. If you do, clear up the mess.

 

61. It is possible to be poised in activity. The eyes lead the body follows, watch a dog catch a ball, it will teach you how the body is co-ordinated.

 

62. It is OK to drop the ball.

 

63. Don’t worry. If you think it’s a dog’s life, be more dog.

 

64. Get messy. Use your body. Explore. Get your feet wet. Run into the sea. Dig in the earth. Enjoy Life.

 

65. Love is unconditional.

 

(65 Life Lessons from my Dog – copyright Kirsten Harris July 2016)

 

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The Crooked Woman and Her Crooked Horse

“There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,

He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;

He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,

And they all lived together in a little crooked house”

 

There was a crooked woman who had a crooked horse

She found an AT teacher and decided to take a course

The crooked horse and woman, started to align

And work together in harmony, both had a better time

 

Walking with our Horse – click here 

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Time for change

It’s time for Walter, my mini Shetland pony foal to be weaned.

 

I am no expert, my first foal

I could have done it suddenly – just take him away from his mum and deal with the screaming. Feel the stress. Maybe sudden, no time to think is kinder to us all..

Or slowly, which I have chosen.. get them used to the change bit by bit.

Hopefully reduced stress, even better no stress.

My impatient self would love it all to be done and dusted.

But then I would miss the process

Miss the learning curve that I am on

Miss the whispers from my intuition telling me what to do

Making me aware of timing

I would miss understanding and honouring the experience of others

I would miss this quiet journey of discovery as change is gradually made

 

I have no choice…but to take the time to figure out how to make the change

Change is a process…

It takes time, patience, awareness, inhibition, slowing down, listening within, noticing whats happening and letting each day reveal the best possible path.

Small decisions moving everything forward

Baby steps. Foal steps

 

 

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And some things are going to make you tense…

Somethings are just going to make you tense! Like contemplating how to wean my mini shetland foal so the vet can come with his emasculator to chop his nuts off!

I am totally inexperienced at this, being the single ‘lady farmer’!

 

The way I have been unraveling the hideous, neck tightening thought in my brain is to think in little mini stages this week so as not to stress the horses. First separate wee Walter, my-buy-one-get-one-free surprise, from his Mum, Lettie for an hour, then two, then three and today for the day and night.

 

Have just let Walt have a suckle, but I definitely have to separate them as though still a baby he was behaving in a decidedly stallion like way this morning.

Little pony, big boy!

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So far, so good. Peaceful ponies. Though not sure I will sleep too well tonight with one ear listening out! So it is definitely time to lie in semi supine and look after me for a few minutes and get many of the benefit of several hours sleep in fifteen minutes in this position of mechanical advantage.

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Rider Review of Walking with Your Horse CD

I have used Kirsten’s CD  Walking With Your Horse for several years now, and, although I have not  listened to it when riding, the approach that it teaches has proved very beneficial to both my riding and my general attitude.  

Whenever I have found myself in a tricky situation, e.g. when riding a slightly skittish horse across a wide and unfamiliar field accompanied by a fairly inexperience young rider, employing the breathing technique, letting myself down into my saddle and keeping my vision wide and trying to achieve loving eyes enabled both riders and horses to proceed to their destination without any mishap   In fact as I engaged my training I felt my horse relax beneath me and a potentially hairy moment passed without my companion being aware that anything could have been amiss.

I also have Kirsten’s CDs of “Breathe” and “Body Magic” with which I unravel myself from time to time.  

AMB (Alexander Technique student)

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