Your horse can help you to rebuild… literally REBUILD… the brain’s grey matter – that’s what we use for thinking, feeling, using our muscles and all kinds of automatic nervous system responses AND have a significant positive impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
A study by Harvard researchers, in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital, concluded that the changes in brain structure that they could see on MR images may underlie some of the reported improvements in feeling good from meditation. The conclusion was that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing, their brain is literally re-building grey matter.
Another study by Harvard researchers (further down the same link as above) showed that the relaxation effect of meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
A study from the HeartMath Institute measured the physical effect of a relaxed horse on reducing people’s heart rates and blood pressure and increasing the feel good hormones that also reduce pain.
WHEN WE LINK THOSE THREE STUDIES TOGETHER
We know from those Harvard reports that meditation has those positive effects on the brain and the gut and we know from the HeartMath studies that horses in some circumstances can trigger the same physiological responses in us as meditation does.
That explains why we had such spectacular results from our Horse Meditation series – Journey to Feel. Check out the testimonials on the link part way down the page, they had me crying with happiness as I read my emails.
HORSES HAVE A SIMILAR EFFECT TO MEDITATION
I remember finding meditation very difficult in the early days of my spiritual journey and could only meditate in the physical presence of my teacher – until I discovered the considerably expanded mental, emotional and physical benefits of a Quiet Mind with my horses.
Something magical happens when we have a Quiet Mind and not only with our horses – life simply changes for the better and we have a way for our horse and ourselves to escalate each other into feeling better and better.
We all know that when we’re in a good place mentally and emotionally that we have a better time with our horse. Our horse meditation program brings you into that good place with a series of guided Quiet Minds and practical exercises with your horse. This program has the potential to bring you all the medical benefits listed by those researchers PLUS has you feeling good, PLUS accelerates your horsemanship phenomenally in a very short space of time.