This group is for anyone interested in learning more about themselves through meditation, improving their meditative experience with nature, and experiencing the beneficial physiological impact that horses have on the human nervous system. No meditation experience is required. Classes will be held outdoors, seated on chairs for meditation, with horses nearby. As a culture, we are becoming addicted to technology and quickly multi-focusing on bite sized chunks of information. This fast paced brain activity makes it very difficult to disconnect and enter a place of reflection where we can just “be“. Even when we turn off the phone, TV or ipad, and try to meditate, our minds still race in a thousand directions. If you want to “turn off,” regain the ability to focus, think deeply, and experience life, Horse Powered Meditation is for you! Why include horses with meditation? Unlike humans, most horses do not suffer from stress induced disease. Horses are prey animals and live in the “present” moment, which is reflected in the brain-heart connection of their nervous system. According to the HeartMath Institute, horses generally have coherent heart rate variability (HRV) rhythm patterns. HRV reflects brain-heart interactions and is sensitive to changes in emotional states, in both humans and horses. Positive and negative emotions can be readily distinguished in these heart rhythm patterns. When a negative emotion like anxiety, stress or anger is experienced, HRV becomes less coherent. Horses generally have very coherent HRV patterns, unless something threatening is introduced. After a “threat” is removed, a horse’s HRV returns to a coherent pattern within a few minutes. This indicates a healthy state of a balanced autonomic nervous system. The HeartMath institute has conducted research showing that the horse’s HRV frequency cycles impact a human’s, but not the other way around. In other words, when people are around horses, the horse influences the person’s HRV to change to a positive pattern. Those who have struggled with meditation may find it easier to become focused and “present” around the horses. In general, spending time in nature, becoming present, and relating to the horses can increase your sense of well-being, reduce blood pressure, and release endorphins.
The location of the event is 45 min outside of Huntsville, in Paint Rock Valley