What I learned that blew me away

Last weekend I gave a presentation at the Warwick Schiller PodcastSummit in San Antonio, Texas.

Words fall short of expressing the depth and breadth of my 3-day experience – just truly amazing.

That’s what this video is all about.


Speaking was a lot of fun. The audience greeted every speaker and me with big grins and a feeling of endless support.

At one point during my talk, I felt a slight tightness start in my throat and then vibrate down my spine. I was excited but not nervous, so I didn’t know exactly what that was about. Would it impact my speaking ability? Thank goodness it didn’t.

The people attending the conference were friendly, enthusiastic and happy! There was no sense of angst in any way – from anyone. How great is that?

And then, hearing the other speakers and getting to know them personally was tremendous professional stimulation for me. (It felt so good to get out and about and listen to others’ ideas).

There was a collective energy of goodness, caring, open-mindedness, eagerness to learn, unending support of each other, and energy among 250 people I’d never experienced before.

Warwick and Robyn Schiller hit it out of the park.

So a lot shifted in me in a good way. It’s too much for me to share here, but I want to tell you about one of my most significant ah-hah moments.

First, in my programs, I talk about setting an intention for your ride. The intention practice precedes and brings the quality of the energy you want to experience to what you do – kind of like the flavor of it – beyond just the mechanics. It’s a beautiful, fulfilling, and effective practice.

We start with setting an intention before you ever get on, and of course, it can be any time with your horse on the ground or during your ride.

I talk about getting grounded, leaving your ‘stuff’ behind, and getting present.

That’s all good! But what I learned last weekend is that you can add to this practice by tuning into your body first.

Our bodies, which are never separated from our true subconscious feelings and thoughts, give us a mirror into our real energy state.

And, of course, we can take the time to relax our body as we also think soothing or grounding thoughts. This can happen until we’re ready and present to see where our horse is.

Since last weekend, I’ve been checking in with my body all the time. I notice my posture, tongue (!!!), points of pain, tightness in weird places, etc. I also notice a buzzing in my chest sometimes.

When I detect these things, I can do something to adjust – or not. The scan is never meant to be judgmental, and it’s intended to cultivate accurate self-awareness.

And here’s the critical point. Being more aware of my body gives me an accurate picture of what’s happening with me – instead of my mind chatting it up about whatever. My body is like the truth-teller of my mind and spirit.

Who knows what my brain told me when it was on auto-pilot? Crazy stuff sometimes, I’m sure!

Then, armed with this true information about myself, my mind serves what I want to be, do, think, feel, etc.

These steps are essential to cultivating feel with a horse because we must be aware of ourselves, mind, body, and emotion (and adjust if we like) before we can be aware of and interact well with our horses. Body awareness brings with it a game-changing barometer.

And then, once we get set, the next step is tuning into our horses to see where they are at that moment instead of ignoring them or making up a story about where they are (based on last week, for example.)

So that’s one of the incredible things I learned that integrates beautifully with the work I already do with the body, but this time it’s applied in an additional way.

There you go! You’re now on the inside of one of my great revelations. Please leave a message for me! Let me know what you think.

And you can still get the Podcast Livestream for a super limited time. I can’t tell you enough how worthwhile it is.

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8 Comments on What I learned that blew me away

  1. Nancy Burroughs on Sun, 13th Nov 2022 2:40 pm
  2. Barb, what you shared here was great and you have taught us a lot of that in past courses. I did not sign up for Warwick shillings weekend as my brain has so much going on finishing up some other courses. Myself I too love learning and for awhile I want to act on what I have learned. Practice repeat practice and get it into my soul. There’s so much out there today ! Finishing up my well connected course. Thank you for all u do. Oh, by the way the word cheat as in the cheat sheets just isn’t you. I would ever think of you as a cheater. Inspirational sheets, sheets to take to the barn. . Anyway, have a blessed thanksgiving as we are so thankful and grateful to the Lord for His abundant blessings.

  3. Rhonda T Guilford on Sun, 13th Nov 2022 4:58 pm
  4. Hi Barb, I was so inspired by your TIC talk at the Journey on Podcast Summit, you exemplify beautifully all the 4 attributes you talked about. This insight you share is perfect for me to hear right now, I’m just heading out to be with my horse and I hope to make checking in with my body and my intention a habit. Thank you!

  5. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 13th Nov 2022 5:46 pm
  6. Hi Barb, It was again fun to see you and Nic in your pretty green grass field of yours! Just that made me smile. I was impressed that Nic was not trying to put his head down to eat that tasty grass. And at the end of the video I saw your Border Collie ? ( we just got a BC puppy two weeks ago-:) bounce into the picture and Nic just stood there w/o noticing-:). I will have to watch this video again to try to understand your comments better. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Linda M Kunzweiler on Sun, 13th Nov 2022 8:10 pm
  8. So true. I am interested to learn where you go with this. Your courses are great and so spot on. I can hardly imagine what is coming next.

  9. Robyn Dale Kilmister-Martin on Mon, 14th Nov 2022 2:00 am
  10. thank you Barb, loved seeing you and Nick in that lovely pasture, I needed to hear this too.
    Happy trails,
    thank you 🙂

  11. Jamie on Mon, 14th Nov 2022 9:25 am
  12. Loved your video about the summit. I learned from Rupert there are actually neurons in the heart and gut. I use to teach heart anatomy and physiology but this was news to me. Researched it and found what he said to be true. Now I have much more respect for what my heart and gut tell me because they have the neurons to allow them to be “thinking” organs too. We always wondered why some recipients of heart transplants had cravings or behavioral changes like their donor. Now I know.

  13. Nancy on Tue, 15th Nov 2022 8:17 am
  14. I joined the Summit’s Live Stream. Your presentation was excellent, all the presenters were great, some a little hard to grasp in the moment. I love hearing your perspective in this video.
    My favorite quote is “change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change”

  15. Lynda Savenkoff on Wed, 23rd Nov 2022 10:43 am
  16. Hey Barb! Interesting to hear about this additional consciousness activity! I emailed you a cartoon relating to what a rider & his horse may be thinking. I think you’ll like it!

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