The little ritual for my mother’s Birthday helped me once more to honour and celebrate her life.
Every time I go to Switzerland my days are filled with visits to see all my friends and family members. Sometimes I am in such a hurry to see everyone that I forget to spend real time, quite time with my friends and family.
Then I met Flo (Florian). He is one of my sister-in-law’s donkies.
They have five donkies, two horses, one mule, one dog and two cats. You can imagine that they spend a lot of time in the stables, cleaning, feeding, riding and just spending time with them all.
My sister-in-law has a degree in Horse and Donkey Assisted Therapy also called Equine Assisted Therapy. Her stories of healing and support are impressive. My brother is working with the elderly and there are also two horses at his workplace.
I was glad that I chose to see my brother and his wife on my first weekend in Switzerland.
We had time to sit, to chat, to catch up on each other's lives and went on a little track with two of the donkies. I was given Flo because he had greeted me right away when I had stepped into the stable the day before.
I learned how to lead Flo, lovingly but with clear intentions.
Not getting distracted by his nudging on my arm or him stopping in the middle of the road was difficult in the beginning.
But then I realized that it was quite easy when I tuned into his needs and his pace and at the same time became clear about my pace, to lead, to be clear, and to stay calm.
His gift to me was a feeling of being centered and relaxed that never left me during my stay. In hindsight I realized that I spent more 'real' time with my friends and family because of the calm I felt.
What did Flo teach me?
To be present, to tune into a new challenge and to adjust to the new situation, to be firm and loving at the same time. All things that I knew before but just needed to be reminded of.
What is it that you need to be reminded of?
Love and blessings,