Equine Therapy: Authenticity Challenge
On the heels of Neil Pasricha’s overwhelmingly successful blog, 1000 Awesome Things and subsequent book, “The Book of Awesome,” many people are beginning to wonder just what comprises awesome. Luckily, in a recent TED talk, Pasricha breaks down this overarching concept into three simple things: Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity.
So, being that a hallmark of equine therapy is learning the capacity to be authentic, I thought now would be an appropriate time to issue an authenticity challenge. That’s right, this week, I challenge you, the reader, to be authentic at least one time. And I mean fully authentic.
It isn’t easy to tell someone how you really feel, and sometimes what is even harder is knowing how we really feel ourselves. For example, sometimes we think we are managing everything that is placed in front of us, only to find out that we actually are quite fearful, worried, or even resentful about some part of it. We often don’t realize what we carry around emotionally, which of course, makes authenticity tough.
So, in light of this challenge, I am going to spend a little time with my horse, Celine, and let her tell me just what is going on with me. Then I’m going to act on it. Likely, the acting on it will be the hardest part.
So stay tuned and I will let you know how it goes…
Horse photo available from Shutterstock.
Dorotik-Nana, C. (2012). Equine Therapy: Authenticity Challenge. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 28, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/equine-therapy/2012/05/equine-therapy-authenticity-challenge/