Vienna has had an issue with food. Historically, she has acted aggressively, simply because food was visible. The first few years she lived at The Equine Connection, the other horses would snatch an offered treat, and run, before Vienna could get to them. She acted like there was a continual threat of a food shortage.
With time, Vienna has discovered that we respect her, listen to her, and do our best to fulfill her desires. This has resulted in her mellowing around food. She no longer demands sole command over the food. She no longer has to satisfy her emotional needs with food.
On the arrival of Sweetie Pie, Vienna started sharing her food with Pie. Recently I witnessed Vienna even sharing her grain with Bandit! Not only that, it is not uncommon to see Vienna sharing her hay with any one of the herd. She appears to be at peace. She seems to trust her basic needs will be met. She most definitely believes she is safe. She knows we will give and not just perpetually receive her teachings. We have a relationship based on sharing.
As we discover how satisfying and joyful it is to share with others, we become connected to an abundant universe. Our sharing is no longer a threat to our own well-being. As we share, we give and receive. We experience connectivity to others. Our lives become bigger, more expansive. This applies to our relationship with everything. I no longer feel like uneaten food is being wasted because I share it with Mother Nature via composting. Composting becomes an act of sharing the abundance of food we enjoy, as opposed to a separate, purely goal oriented task. Sharing takes us out of tunnel vision, out of survival mode. It becomes possible to feel at peace, loved, and connected with community.
Anyone working in the helping professions knows the risk of giving and never receiving. It is essential in all aspects of our lives to be nourished, even while giving support to others. This is true in the work setting too. We need to be nourished by our professions. Our upcoming Healers’ Retreat is all about receiving support from the herd and the retreat facilitators and from each other. It is an opportunity to examine how we grow from our work and to re-energize by being in nature with like-minded people. Come share with Vienna!