What filter are you seeing life through?
Updated: Jul 29, 2022
In the summer the horses are plagued by flies so we put fly masks on them to protect their eyes.
These are mesh head pieces the horses can see through, but the fly's can't get through.
Squirrel has a grey one (which we think makes her look like a spaceman 👨🚀), Dainty has a blue one and Jim's is black.
I asked a learner yesterday if they had taken a moment to empathise with the horse's situation by educating themselves on how this affected the horses vision.
They had not, so today we took the time to appreciate first hand how the fly masks changed the horse's perspective.
As you can see from the photo, the vision remains good, but the image is a little darker.
Dainty's blue mask made for quite a strange experience (no picture, sorry) and Squirrel's made it a little harder to see.
It reminded me of the filters we see our lives through.
Disappointment, rejection, grief and being excluded can leave a dark filter over everything we do, not just the areas of our life where the tough stuff is happening.
It can tone down our happy moments and put a tint or a stop to even our favourite things without us realising.
Gabrielle Roth talked about it when she said:
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?"
It's important to be aware of when a filter has descended on our world, so we don't think it has to be our new normal.
With help, we can shift and change our filters, accept them and be at peace with them or dissolve them completely!
The horses are great at reminding us we can change our perspective by changing our relationship with ourselves and the world around us through compassion and kindness.
Ask us today how we can help provide that for you.