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Taking the Reins: Horse Sense for Challenging Times

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Stress on the job and at home, fueled by recent financial upheaval and political change, leads to raw nerves, short tempers, and spinning minds. Yet in challenging times, when fear, anger and frustration run amok, a healthy dose of horse sense can help you stay centered, turning crisis into opportunity.

In a typical two-day introductory workshop at the Epona International Study Center located in Sonoita, AZ participants discover how to gain valuable information from emotions that previously sent them into a tailspin. They practice how to set effective boundaries with people who, consciously or unconsciously, try to push others around. Students also learn how to motivate without dominating or micromanaging, creating mutually respectful partnerships when interacting with clients, co-workers, family members, and the world at-large.

But a certain amount of horse sense can be learned and integrated into your daily life without having a horse beside you, or one in your immediate universe. Through the simple reflections and insights found in Way of the Horse: Equine Archetypes for Self Discovery, Linda Kohanov, best-selling author and founder of the Epona Center offers practical and easy to assimilate horse-wisdom to a broader audience.

For example: In working with horses, Linda realized there are actually two kinds of fear. "My herd made it clear that it's important, and ultimately empowering, to discern between an external threat in the environment, which is fear as nature's warning system, and the kind of fear I now distinguish as 'vulnerability,' which is an internal threat, a challenge to your self image, belief system, or comfortable habits. Take the current financial crisis, some of us are facing the very real fear of having our homes taken away from us. Others are dealing with the vulnerability of having to change the ways we do business in this country, of having to step into the unknown and try something new."

"A bit of horse sense could make all the difference in how well you handle the current financial crisis. Horses are highly adaptable and have a fluid way of dealing with change. If a lion threatens them, they run, and then they immediately go back to grazing. When facing a change, they relax into it and adapt. If water and grass become scarce, they move on to greener pastures with their family groups."

 

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