In a recent blog posting by Lisa Buell on “How is the Cloud in my Brain a Good Thing?” she writes,
“Living in this world has taught us to overvalue the mind and has required us to live the majority of life in and from the mental realm. When, as a whole, people do not live in their bodies and experience the full range of what it means to be human – our physical, emotional and spiritual natures – we do not value the bodies of others or of the world either, with devastating consequences.”
Lisa is spot on. Our social and educational system over the years has continued to overvalue thinking and intellectualizing, often placing more emphasis on a high IQ as THE sole factor behind those ‘most likely to succeed’. And because we’re spending more time ‘in our head’ the human neo-cortex continues to grow in size at the cost of our reptilian brain – that creative and intuitive part of our brain which contributes to our social intelligence. It’s the part of the brain that horses survive and thrive in and yet with less and less use by humans, this part of our brain is shrinking!
In reality, a person with strong emotional intelligence – the one who knows their emotions, has greater self-awareness and therefore who can recognize and help manage it in others – are the individuals who stand to achieve more success in their personal and professional lives. Often these are the people who listen to their bodies, are in-touch with their emotions, and have learned to respond versus react to the environment around them. They’ve found the delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit and are often better pilots of their lives, as a result.
Imagine if we could promote and honor emotional intelligence within our children rather than just basing their ‘success’ on some IQ or SAT score that isn’t truly reflective of who they are and their capabilities!
One of the many things I love about working with horses is their recognition of where we’re spending our time – either being present or living in our head. If you’re thinking about one thing while you’re doing or wanting something else, horses have a subtle way of letting you know. I see clients gain clarity, when working with horses, by shifting mental blocks that get in the way of their personal and professional growth. One client in particular noted a surge in creativity once she moved beyond the mental block that had held her back for years.
If we can stop, pay attention and listen to our inner guidance system, whether it’s through horses, Lisa’s Painting process, or other techniques, you’re likely to find more wisdom waiting for you than you ever imagined possible.