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If You Can Name It, You Can Tame It


Once in a while a moment occurs in your life that causes your jaw to drop open in awe. Recently, my wife, Stefanie Goldstein, PhD and I were at Denim N’ Dirt Ranch in Santa Clarita, California giving a workshop on mindfulness for equine-assisted psychotherapists. The premise of the workshop was to teach how mindfulness and self-compassion enhanced presence for the therapists and ultimately made them more effective at the work they did with their clients. But what happened was completely unexpected and I might even borrow a word from one of the participants, “magical.”

We were all sitting in a circle in the horse ring, here’s a picture of me talking and my impromptu horse assistant “Jazz” encouraging me.

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If You Can Name It, You Can Tame It

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  1. This is what vipassana meditation is all about. Noting. When something arises during meditation, note it. Then, let it go. Go back to the breath. This process of noting and returning to the breath is what trains the mind and opens new pathways within the brain. Awareness follows. Noting the anxiety increasing, noting that others feel it, noting it is impermanent, this is why I practice vipassana. It simply works. With horses, children, or standing in line at Walmart. Note it. Return to the breath. Awareness. No suffering.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful example of how stress works. Awareness is worth it, and this shows how it benefits more than ourselves. I like your book and the no nonsense approach to being in the now. It has impacted me a lot. Thank you for your work.

 

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