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The Role of Imaginatio

Reclaim Your Beauty, Passion and Purpose in Midlife and Beyond

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For some of you this may be like using a new muscle, familiar from childhood, perhaps, but long since neglected—probably pretty flabby by now. Going on these flights of fancy will bring you back to your life in a new way.  You will discover the power of your own stories.

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What Can We Change

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Last summer I was on vacation in Montreal with my husband when another unexpected thing happened. A large Murphy bed that had been attached to the wall of our small apartment came loose as I was lowering it for the night. It threw me to the floor and pinned my leg underneath it. I was rushed to the hospital where I found out that I had a severe crush injury. I have been recovering now for almost two months. That accident was a reminder of just how quickly things can change. Although I wish I could, I can’t change what happened. What can I change? My attitude for one thing.

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Use Your Body

Reclaim Your Beauty, Passion and Purpose in Midlife and Beyond

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If you don’t listen to your body, you are not alone.  Our culture does not encourage it.  Our bodies may gently whisper, “Rest,” “Stop,” “Get more exercise,” “Love me.”  We rarely pay attention, however, until they whop us upside the head.  I call it two-by-four therapy.

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Stories Tell Us About Ourselve

Stories tell us about ourselves. From them we can learn what our passions are, our themes, our obsessions, and our essential values—if we’re awake.  Then, when life demands whatever it does of us, we may go forth, enchanted by our stories, into the unknown to meet our challenges, delight in the magic, wrestle with our losses, and design new futures.

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We all have personal anecdotes, things we tell about, things that happen to us.  Often we don’t see them as stories.  “Nothing much happens to me,” you might say.  “I really don’t have anything interesting to say.  My life just goes along.  It’s not like yours where so much happens.”

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Blog - Midlife Transition for Women - Women's Stories

Blog - Midlife Transition for Women - Women's Stories | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it
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The goal of Equine Guided Coaching and Education is not to “get the job done.” The goal is learning. Let me give you an example from my own life: Several years ago, when I was just learning to do this work, I was in California training with Ariana Strozzi, one of the pioneers in Equine Guided Education (EGE).

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Two Benefits of Equine-Guided Coaching for Women

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Women in Australia have much to gain from enrolling in equine-guided coaching. Spending time with horses in the guidance of a certified coach can help them regain control of their lives in many ways. This ...

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A long time ago, there lived a Buddhist disciple in Japan. He wanted to learn the secret of success. His master, wise in the ways of Zen, advised him to stay true to himself. Golden words, indeed. But how can you stay true to yourself if you do not know who you are? You cannot, unless you are self-aware.

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Reclaiming Your Own Definition

Reclaim Your Beauty, Passion and Purpose in Midlife and Beyond

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We are constantly creating ourselves, discovering who we are by being in the world.  Maybe we don’t always feel like we’re up to speed – we can be so hard on ourselves –  but we are “meandering forward.”  This is what it is to be human, to create a life, to keep going as we age.  There is no precise plan.  It can be scary to be well and whole, and yet not have it together like we think a truly together person would.

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You Don’t Have to Believe by Lynn Baskfield

You Don’t Have to Believe by Lynn Baskfield | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it

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A professional horse trainer in the Uruguay group I recently presented a 4-day workshop to, raised his hand the second morning and said, “Yesterday when our group was out with the horses, I realized we were the clients, no longer students learning abstract theory.

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Horse Session The Flow of Lif

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Often when a client comes out to work with the horses, we walk out into the pasture with the herd with no particular horse in mind, no particular activity scheduled. As we breathe in the sweet air and feel it fill our bodies, we step into “horse time”, that kind of time that just is, open and spacious without pressure to perform.

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Small Miracles: Art that Heal

Small Miracles: Art that Heal | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it
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Many clients who come in for coaching report that they feel a little deadened, overwhelmed or burned out and wonder why. With very little probing, it often becomes clear that they have become separated from their creative soul. After all, it is a busy, productive world we live in, and art, music, dance and dreaming don’t seem to fit.

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Dance With Blue Angel

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At the end of 2011, I had a strong sense that it was time to invite another horse into my life, one  who would be special to me. I have great horses in my coaching work and treasure those relationships, but none of those horses are “my own.”

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Horse Apprenticeship Program | Horse Guided Coaching Apprenticeship Australia

Horse Apprenticeship Program | Horse Guided Coaching Apprenticeship Australia | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it
Professional Development for Equine Guided Coaches! This program is for people who are committed to becoming high quality coaches. Register Now!
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Lynn Baskfield is bringing her highly successful Wisdom Horse Apprenticeship program to Australia! This program is for people who are committed to becoming professional, high quality equine-guided coaches and who want to learn from seasoned leaders in the field of Equine Guided Coaching .

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LIFE BALANCE TIPS By Lynn Baskfield

In today’s world with it’s many demands on mental, physical, and emotional well-being, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of balance. With all good intentions, you give and give—to the job, to the kids, to the committees you’re on—only to find that what once fueled you now drains you.  The further out of balance you become, the harder it is to find your way back. It is as if you forgot how to fill the well of your own life, and all you can do now is squeeze a few...
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Lynn Baskfield, M.A., a Minneapolis personal coach and transformational educator finds that for many of her clients, living balanced lives is a challenge.

Balance is not a static thing. Think how a tightrope walker constantly shifts her weight to balance on the wire. Instant to instant, she moves toward balance or away from it, always maintaining her forward momentum. If she became rigid she would lose her balance risking a dangerous fall. 

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Taming The Tough Stuff

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Let’s say you didn’t accomplish something you set out to do. You feel sad, maybe angry at yourself, possibly embarrassed. You made not accomplishing the thing you intended mean you are not successful, a failure even.  As your coach am going to invite you to be in the inquiry of how you hold success. What does that actually mean for you? Stay with the question and keep exploring it. Ask others. Take some time with this. There may be other concerns that appear to be valid. Maybe you are sure you are inept. Maybe you believe you need to be smarter, faster, richer…something other than you are. And uncomfortable feelings come up.

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Telling a New Story

This is a very important distinction. I am not advocating wallowing in your drama. When we think we are our stories, it’s a dead end street that will take you into a narrow and numbing old age quickly. What I am asking is that you lift yourself out of the old drama and look with new eyes at who you are in the world. Stories transform when we realize we are not our stories, but instead, that we can learn from them about what it is to be human.  Keep asking questions like these: What has a particular loss taught me? What did it take to make it through a hard time? How were you able to love in ways you never thought possible when you were younger? Who is that strong soft woman who keeps emerging through it all?

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We are timeless, endless beings, deeply alive and interactive with the circumstances of our lives.  But we are not those circumstances, nor need we be defined or driven by them.  Soul-satisfying stories surface when we separate ourselves from our drama.  Stories that satisfy the soul give us access to who we are.  Our bodywork and our inner work give us access to stories that satisfy our souls as well.

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Equine Guided Coaching for Midlife Wome

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Horses heal in many ways. Just hanging out with horses can be soothing to the soul. Among more guided approaches, there is equine assisted therapy which treats mental health issues. There is hippotherapy (or therapeutic riding) where people with disabilities, mostly children and youth, ride a horse with the assistance of trained instructors. (The riding stimulates the muscular and neurological systems as closely to walking as anything can. Not only that, the disabled person has the added benefit of being in relationship with a horse.) Then there is equine guided coaching and learning, which is the modality I use. This coaching-based approach assumes the client is creative, resourceful and whole, and that there is nothing to be fixed. The horses quickly and effectively go right to the heart of the matter of what you want to reflect on and resolve, without drama or judgment.

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Horses and people have a long and ancient association.  Study after study has shown that human beings benefit from regular contact with horses. Physically, the heart rate slows and blood pressure lowers. Emotionally, self-awareness and self-trust increases. Spiritually, horses can be a symbol of several archetypes such as freedom, power, magnificence or gentle soulfulness.

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What Calls You Forth in Life

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Standing in front of thirty horse professionals teaching equine guided coaching approaches, I looked out into the little room with the orange walls where everyone was sitting elbow to elbow. I was prepared with lots of material and had rich experience to share, all translated into Spanish. But that morning, none of that mattered. I was simply there standing in nothing. My heart burst open.  What filled the room was love, mine and the participants’, but, more palpably, Love with a capital L. Like a magnet it drew me into it. Just Love. In that spacious moment I knew my purpose. All the work, the effort, the things that I’m passionate about—they all matter. But my purpose is Love.

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If We Just Liste

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Horses are large and powerful animals. Accomplishing a task involving a horse, in spite of fears or limitations, creates confidence and provides wonderful metaphors when dealing with other challenging situations in life. Horses attune to exactly what human body language is telling them. Their unflagging honesty makes them especially effective messengers. In addition, the horse’s natural responsiveness to what clients embody empowers each person to discover their unique path and accomplish their most cherished goals.

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Horse Apprentice Programs Offer a Meaningful Career and Comfortable Income to Women

Horse Apprentice Programs Offer a Meaningful Career and Comfortable Income to Women | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it
Imagine if there was a way for women to help others and make a positive impact on their community while still earning a comfortable income. Imagine if such an occupation welcomed women aged 35 or ...
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Australians spend billions of dollars each year on self-help books, programs, and coaching to overcome their past trauma, rediscover themselves, and live more meaningful lives. Although there is not a dearth of gurus to help these people, only a small portion of these self-proclaimed life coaches have undergone any apprenticeship or are certified coaches. Middle-aged women, especially those with strong horse skills, can bring a change in their lives, and in the lives of people around them, by enrolling in a horse training apprenticeship program and becoming a certified coach.

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6 Lessons You Can Learn From a Horse

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Equine Guided life coaches listen to both horse and human, and through employing skills of observation, curiosity, open ended questioning and intuition, bridge the horse/human connection. Sometimes we create specific exercises designed for specific learning. Often we just take people out in the pasture where we trust the horses to choose among themselves who will work with a person on a given day.   Clients come away feeling known and heard. They go home with new confidence in themselves and new ways to be with the people they love and work with.

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Dancing With Horses - Spirited Midlife Wome

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We climbed under the fence and walked quietly among the horses, taking time to know and be known. The horses bring us to those thin places where the physical and spiritual meet. So do our stories. It was over, but no one wanted to leave.

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Does Equine Guided Coaching Work? - A Scientific Perspective

Does Equine Guided Coaching Work? - A Scientific Perspective | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it

The use of equine guided coaching in mind and body healing therapies is a relatively new concept. But thanks to a decent coverage in newspapers and magazines, the awareness is increasing. Lately there have been ...

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Equine guided coaching is a rather new concept. Scientists have yet to fully realize its potential and advantages. The research so far has been promising. It indicates that the coaching may indeed be effective because it has shown to benefit children and adult patients in multiple controlled clinical trials.

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Going San

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One way to fill your soul is to come out and sit in a chair in the pasture with me and the herd of grazing horses. It may seem insane, but try it. You’ll come away replenished and full. Or try a full day personal retreat with the horses.

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Passion, Purpose and The Magic Shoe

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Discovering our purpose can seem like an enormous burden, a significant thing to contemplate.  But if we are passionate about something, we can more readily come to know our purpose.  We live our purpose as a natural expression of the passionate self.

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A Sacred Moment By Lynn Baskfield

A Sacred Moment By Lynn Baskfield | Life Coaching For Midlife Women | Scoop.it
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Little Murito was one of the horses who worked with us during a four-day intensive training. All the activities were on the ground. No one rode him. He He was quiet but present. I noticed how sweet and patient he was with the adults in our group and also with the children who came to participate in a demonstration on the last day, but at first I didn't understand the extent of his great wisdom.

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