The Warrior Programme – Developing Leaders with Animals
Being with the animals allows us to have a completely new experience; they rely on their senses, non-verbal communication, and energy exchange to interact with us. This enables us to access emotions which may have been suppressed and denied. They can help us connect to our authentic selves and find the courage to share that person with the world.
1. Present-Moment Awareness
Perhaps the most valuable lesson the animals have for us is the ability to be present. We teach our clients about being in the present moment because it is good to share time with a human who is fully present and attentive, the dogs and horses can bring you into that state of mind simply by being around them. As you work with them you experience the benefits of connecting with the moment and with yourself- beyond your busy mind.
2. Acceptance and Contentment
An exceptional trait of the animals is their natural state of contentment or Santosha (a Sanskrit word meaning totally fulfilled) They aren’t wondering if people will treat them differently based on their status in the herd, they aren’t fearful of others judgement regarding their appearance, and they are perfectly accepting of all that they are. The animals embody the truth that, “I am what I am.”
Our minds are continually categorizing things as good or bad; evaluating every situation based on our history and experience. Although animals have the ability to discern what they prefer, their approach is a much simpler one—does it bring me fear or does it bring me love? Ultimately, these are the two emotions that all other emotions are rooted in. When you see life through this simple lens, you’re able to stay centered on what matters, and let go of the rest. More love. Less fear. Watch the animals demonstrate how to live with less judgement and therefore more joy.
Life is unpredictable and full of change and the more flexible you are, the more easily you bend to allow life to work with you, not against you. The animals too experience many ups and downs along the way and yet again, as long as they feel safe, nourished, and near you, they can find peace. Because the animals are so accepting of life on life’s terms, they have learned to weather the storms.
5. Unconditional Love
This is the one that will get you hooked, and all you may want to do is reflect it right back to them. The animals welcome you into their hearts and lives with an innocence and reverence that many of us, if we were to be entirely honest, rarely receive from most of our human relationships. They hold you in high regard and as long as the bond and trust stays strong between you, their love does not falter.
It is of no consequence to them what you have achieved, your job title, your political opinions or what you say. The horses’s and dogs are totally satisfied and comfortable by your side.
Build a strong relationship with your companion animal, and in turn you’ll receive all their devotion and loyalty. They easily become your #1 fan; your cheerleader no matter how you’re playing the game. It feels so good to have someone accept you for who you are, love you anyway, and support you until the end. Very often, the animals know you better than anyone else in the world, and they’ve seen you at your best and worst. They forgive and forget when you’ve gone off track with them, with yourself, or with the world around you. A unique relationship to be in.
7. Intuition Over Intellect
The animals are driven by an intuitive connection that guides much of their decision-making in a natural, instinctual manner. Whether they’re deciding what their body needs, if the stranger in the field is approachable, or how to act around that new member of the herd, their inner-wisdom leads the way. Although we aren’t able to know exactly what they’re thinking, we do know a wide array of information is received and interpreted through their senses. They combine this sensory input with their overall energetic “read,” which allows them to stay more established in the heart and body than in the mind and intellect. This quality is yet another aspect of their operating system to be admired and emulated.
So if this resonates with you and you would like to experience personal and professional development alongside the animals then get in touch or see our full list of programmes created for personal, professional and the eduction sector.