I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
I read. All the time. Every day I read at least 10 pages of a good book. Most days I read 100’s of pages of a few good books.
It doesn’t matter what I’m reading, I am often thinking about how it pertains to horsemanship. In the above quote you could change “the energy that exists between people” to “the energy that exists between people and horses” and have the same definition.
It’s such a beautiful thing to be able to see, hear and value your horse for exactly who he is. Every time I am able to play with Billy with an open heart, feeling joyful and without judgment, our relationship grows by leaps and bounds.
Even our most routine encounter act as regulators in the brain, priming our emotions, some desirable, others not. The more strongly connected we are with someone emotionally, the greater the mutual force.